NERD Game Scores for Thursday, August 25, 2016

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by sabermetric nobleman Rob Neyer, and expanded at the request of nobody, NERD scores represent an attempt to summarize in one number (and on a scale of 0-10) the likely aesthetic appeal or watchability, for the learned fan, of a player or team or game. Read more about the components of and formulae for NERD scores here.


Most Highly Rated Game
Baltimore at Washington | 19:05 ET
Jimenez (94.2 IP, 116 xFIP-) vs. Scherzer (174.0 IP, 82 xFIP-)
You probably didn’t expect to find that a late-August game started by Ubaldo Jimenez — who, for whatever his virtues, now possesses both below-average command and velocity — would be identified as the day’s most promising by an algorithm designed to identify such things. That said, you also didn’t expect your uncle Danny to remain on nodding terms with sobriety all the way till the end of your wedding reception, and yet that’s precisely what happened. These aren’t miracles, per se, but brief respites from a labyrinth of difficulties.

In this case, the main attraction is less Jimenez and more a combination of Max Scherzer (who’s built of electricity) and Jimenez’s club, the Orioles (whose postseason fate is among the least clear in the majors).

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Washington Radio.

One Other Brief Note
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Kansas City at Miami, starts at 19:10 ET, and can be accessed by means of this hyperlinked text.

Complete Schedule
Here’s the complete and very sortable table for all of today’s games. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from and also the rest of the internet. Note that calculations both for team and game NERD scores feature adjustment for postseason odds that increases as season progresses. Read more about those adjustments here and here.

NERD Scores for August 25, 2016
Away SP TM GM TM SP Home Time
Drew Pomeranz BOS 6 10 6 4 5 TB Jake Odorizzi 13:10
Daniel Norris DET 5 5 5 4 5 MIN Jose Berrios 13:10
Ubaldo Jimenez BAL 4 9 7 5 10 WAS Max Scherzer 19:05
Jered Weaver LAA 1 3 5 10 6 TOR J.A. Happ 19:07
Edinson Volquez KC 5 4 5 7 3 MIA Tom Koehler 19:10
Seth Lugo* NYN 6 4 6 7 5 STL Adam Wainwright 19:15
Josh Tomlin CLE 6 6 6 4 7 TEX Cole Hamels 20:05
Chad Kuhl PIT 5 5 4 3 4 MIL Wily Peralta 20:10
Undecided* SEA 5 5 3 3 0 CHA Anthony Ranaudo 20:10
Matt Wisler ATL 5 3 5 4 10 AZ Robbie Ray 21:40
Matt Moore SF 4 9 7 7 5 LAN Ross Stripling 22:10
SP denotes pitcher NERD score.
TM denotes team score.
GM denotes overall game score.
Highlighted portion denotes game of the day.

* = Fewer than 10 IP, NERD at discretion of clueless author.

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