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
New York AL at Toronto | 19:07 ET
Severino (43.1 IP, 92 xFIP-) vs. Estrada (160.1 IP, 123 xFIP-)
By the methodology typically employed by the author to produce these dumb NERD scores, tonight’s Yankees-Blue Jays game is not the most highly rated. That largely fictional distinction belongs to the Angels-Astros encounter in Houston. And, indeed, that game could very possibly offer a relentless barrage of thrill and delight. One variable omitted from the haphazardly derived algorithm, however — and perhaps especially relevant during the postseason stretch drive — is the influence of the crowd on the game-as-spectacle. For while fan involvement during last night’s Houston game was relatively subdued, that was very much the opposite case in Toronto. Indeed, the numbers support that observation.
|Game||Stadium||Capacity||Attendance||% of Capacity|
|NYA @ TOR||Rogers Centre||54,000*||47,648||88.2%|
|LAA @ HOU||Minute Maid Park||41,574||25,318||60.9%|
The Rogers Centre, which is capable of holding about 12,000 more people than Minute Maid Park, was also nearly 30 percentage points closer to capacity last night. The result: a greater sense of urgency for the observer. Reason dictates that tonight’s games will offer a similar set of conditions.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Toronto Radio.
Another Brief Note
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Pittsburgh at Colorado, starts at 20:40 ET, and can be accessed by means of this hyperlinked text.
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 adjustments here and here.
|Ubaldo Jimenez||BAL||6||4||5||5||6||WAS||Gio Gonzalez||19:05|
|Luis Severino||NYA||9||6||6||6||2||TOR||Marco Estrada||19:07|
|Jose Quintana||CHA||6||4||4||4||4||DET||Daniel Norris||19:08|
|Matthew Wisler||ATL||3||4||4||4||8||NYN||Logan Verrett||19:10|
|Matt Moore||TB||3||4||4||4||3||BOS||Henry Owens||19:10|
|Danny Salazar||CLE||10||5||6||5||4||MIN||Ervin Santana||20:10|
|Hector Santiago||LAA||2||5||7||10||8||HOU||Lance McCullers||20:10|
|Hisashi Iwakuma||SEA||8||4||4||4||2||KC||Jeremy Guthrie||20:10|
|Keyvius Sampson||CIN||3||4||5||6||5||STL||John Lackey||20:15|
|J.A. Happ||PIT||5||6||5||4||5||COL||Chris Rusin||20:40|
|Martin Perez||TEX||6||10||6||4||0||OAK||Sean Nolin||22:05|
|Robbie Ray||AZ||5||5||5||4||5||LAN||Alex Wood||22:10|
|Chris Heston||SF||4||4||5||4||8||SD||Tyson Ross||22:10|
* = Fewer than 10 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.
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