NERD Game Scores for Tuesday, June 16, 2015 by Carson Cistulli June 16, 2015 Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by viscount of the internet 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 Toronto at New York NL | 19:10 ET Copeland (10.0 IP, 92 xFIP-) vs. Harvey (79.2 IP, 81 xFIP-) Recent research by the author in advance of an August trip to Montreal reveals that a U.S. citizen is permitted to remain in Canada as a tourist without a visa for up to 180 days, or roughly six months. Six months, one notes, is also almost the precise length of the major-league baseball season. In theory, then, one could take up residence in Toronto for the duration of the Blue Jays’ entire season and then return to the States upon the completion of same. Why anyone would engage in such behavior isn’t immediately clear. That it’s permitted legally, however — provided the traveler possesses no criminal record — is manifestly true. Moreover, one having relocated to Toronto this past April would have had the opportunity, thus far, to observe more closely the top park-adjusted offense in the majors. Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: New York NL Television. Two Brief Notes Debut Alert: Kyle Schwarber, Chicago NL The purpose of this brief entry is to note that the Cubs have recalled prospect Kyle Schwarber to serve as the club’s designated hitter during interleague play. Schwarber was ranked fourth among Chicago prospects this offseason by Kiley McDaniel and 21st among all prospects everywhere. At Double-A Tennessee this season, he’s recorded a nearly even walk- and strikeout-rate differential and also 13 home runs in 243 plate appearances. Today’s Free Game Today’s free game features Minnesota at St. Louis, starts at 13:45 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 MLB.com and also the rest of the internet. Note that the calculations both for team and game NERD scores have changed recently to better integrate playoff odds into same. Read more about those changes here, if you’re the sort of person accustomed to making poor life decisions. Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP Home Time Kyle Gibson MIN 3 2 4 5 7 STL Michael Wacha 13:45 Chris Rusin COL 4 3 7 10 9 HOU Vin. Velasquez* 14:10 Scott Kazmir OAK 5 4 5 3 8 SD Andrew Cashner 15:40 J.A. Happ SEA 4 4 4 4 3 SF Tim Lincecum 15:45 Julio Teheran ATL 4 2 3 4 3 BOS Wade Miley 16:05 Jose Quintana CHA 5 0 5 7 6 PIT Charlie Morton 19:05 Jerome Williams PHI 4 1 3 5 1 BAL Chris Tillman 19:05 Mi. Lorenzen CIN 3 5 4 5 4 DET Kyle Ryan* 19:08 Nathan Eovaldi NYA 7 8 6 5 3 MIA David Phelps 19:10 Scott Copeland* TOR 5 9 8 6 10 NYN Matt Harvey 19:10 Tanner Roark WAS 3 6 5 6 5 TB Alex Colome 19:10 Trevor Bauer CLE 5 8 7 6 9 CHN Jake Arrieta 20:08 Brett Anderson LAN 6 5 4 4 1 TEX Alex Gonzalez 20:05 Chris Young KC 1 7 4 3 4 MIL Matt Garza 20:10 J.my Hellickson AZ 3 6 5 7 6 LAA Gar’t Richards 22:05 * = Fewer than 10 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.