NERD Game Scores for Tuesday, September 1, 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
San Francisco at Los Angeles NL | 18:10 ET
Bumgarner (175.2 IP, 75 xFIP-) vs. Greinke (179.1 IP, 82 xFIP-)
This game — or, at least, the result of this game — doesn’t possess the sort of postseason implications that others of today’s do. The Blue Jays and Yankees, for example, remain separated by only 1.5 games in the AL East. The stakes for them, perpetually, are large — either playing in or bypassing the wild-card game. The Giants, meanwhile, currently feature somewhere in the vicinity of an 8% to 17% chance of reaching the divisional series, depending on the methodology one consults. They’re likely not to reach the postseason, it seems. Nor will a victory tonight — even against the division-leading Dodgers — alter that state of affairs greatly. A victory today would, however, create greater implications for tomorrow’s game. It would, in a sense, cultivate the possibility of something marvelous. This sort of possibility holds considerable appeal — if only because the human mind is poorly constructed to understand its improbability.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Basically All of Them.

Another Brief Note
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Arizona at Colorado, starts at 15:10 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 the calculations both for team and game NERD scores have changed recently to better integrate playoff odds into same. Read more about those adjustments here and here.

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Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Patrick Corbin AZ 9 5 5 4 4 COL Yohan Flande 15:10
Rubby de la Rosa AZ 7 5 4 4 0 COL Kyle Kendrick 20:40
Drew Smyly TB 8 4 5 4 3 BAL Chris Tillman 19:05
Cody Anderson CLE 5 5 6 10 2 TOR Marco Estrada 19:07
Justin Nicolino MIA 2 4 3 3 2 ATL Manny Banuelos 19:10
Michael Pineda NYA 10 10 7 4 5 BOS Rick Porcello 19:10
Aaron Harang PHI 1 3 3 5 4 NYN Jon Niese 19:10
Ant. DeSclafani CIN 5 4 4 5 2 CHN Dan Haren 20:05
Chris Sale CHA 10 3 5 6 4 MIN Tyler Duffey 20:10
Justin Verlander DET 5 4 5 4 7 KC Johnny Cueto 20:10
Gerrit Cole PIT 10 6 6 4 5 MIL Jimmy Nelson 20:10
Roenis Elias SEA 5 4 5 8 3 HOU Scott Feldman 20:10
Joe Ross WAS 10 5 7 6 10 STL Carlos Martinez 20:15
Matt Shoemaker LAA 5 5 5 4 5 OAK Chris Bassitt 22:05
Ma.n Bumgarner SF 9 5 7^ 6 7 LAN Zack Greinke 22:10
Yovani Gallardo TEX 2 8 5 4 7 SD Andrew Cashner 22:10

* = Fewer than 10 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.
^ = Altered to better reflect how actual humans perceive the world.

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8 years ago

Irrelevant Strikeout History Update:

Clayton Kershaw: 26 Games Started with 236 Ks. “On pace*” (assuming 33 starts) for 300 rounded up
Chris Sale: 25 Games Started with 229 Ks. “On pace*” (assuming 33 starts) for 302

*The term “on pace” is understandably vague and extraneous, but nonetheless gives me hope of possibly two historic strikeout years from two very aesthetically pleasing left handed pitchers in top five markets.