NERD Game Scores for Wednesday, June 24, 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
Houston at Los Angeles AL | 15:35 ET
McCullers (40.1 IP, 81 xFIP-) vs. Shoemaker (72.2 IP, 100 xFIP-)
The haphazardly constructed algorithm used by the author to measure watchability indicates that today’s Astros-Angels game is of some interest in no small part due to the Houston ball club’s unusual combination of youth and strength. The Astros feature simultaneously the lowest average batter age and also the highest park-adjusted home-run rate among all major-league teams — greater than two standard deviations from the mean in each case. Of shortstop Carlos Correa, one might reasonably say that he possesses youth and strength. Of George Springer, one might say the same thing. With regard to Evan Gattis, meanwhile, one is inclined to make a different sort of observation — namely, that he resembles a 19th century longshoreman. A longshoreman not just with a troubled past, but also a troubled present.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Houston Radio.

Two Brief Notes
Gratuitous Looping Video: Carlos Correa’s Fourth Home Run
Young and strong Houston shortstop Carlos Correa recorded his fourth home run of the season on Tuesday. What follows is video footage of that same home run at multiple speeds and at multiple field sizes.

Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, starts at 19:05 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 changes here, if you’re the sort of person accustomed to making poor life decisions.

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Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Buck Farmer DET 7 4 7 6 10 CLE Carlos Carrasco 12:10
Marco Estrada TOR 3 8 5 6 4 TB Nate Karns 12:10
Cole Hamels PHI 8 1 6 8 5 NYA Ivan Nova* 13:05
Chris Sale CHA 10 1 5 3 4 MIN Phil Hughes 13:10
Lance McCullers HOU 9 10 8 7 5 LAA Matt Shoemaker 15:35
Shelby Miller ATL 6 2 5 6 5 WAS Jo. Zimmermann 19:05
Mike Leake CIN 4 5 7 8 10 PIT Gerrit Cole 19:05
Bud Norris BAL 4 5 5 4 7 BOS Clay Buchholz 19:10
Jaime Garcia STL 6 5 5 5 5 MIA Mat Latos 19:10
Mike Bolsinger LAN 5 6 6 7 7 CHN Kyle Hendricks 20:05
Kend’ll Graveman OAK 4 4 4 3 3 TEX Wan. Rodriguez 20:05
Bartolo Colon NYN 6 4 5 3 5 MIL Jimmy Nelson 20:10
Allen Webster AZ 1 5 4 3 8 COL David Hale 20:40
Danny Duffy KC 3 7 4 4 4 SEA Roenis Elias 22:10
Ian Kennedy SD 6 3 3 5 0 SF Ryan Vogelsong 22:15

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

Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.

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7 years ago

I hated Gattis when he was on the Braves, but now I can kind of sorta not hope he completely fails.

That Correa video looks like he doubles the speed of the pitch after he hits it, unbelievable.