NERD Game Scores for Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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
Kansas City at Detroit | 19:08 ET
James Shields (200.1 IP, 96 xFIP-, 3.1 WAR) faces Rick Porcello (183.0 IP, 96 xFIP-, 3.1 WAR). It’s the case for athletes, generally, that the extent of their celebrations correlates strongly with the height of the leverage of the encounter from which they’ve just emerged successfully — that the celebration is, in large part, an expression of relief. To what degree the following clip of Joe Nathan differs from those other times when he’s recorded a save, the author can’t say. That Nathan’s celebration occurs just after having weathered the highest leverage index for him (4.43) since August 9th — against a Kansas City club with whom Detroit is effectively tied in the standings — this is all an example of fact.

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Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Detroit Radio.

Two Brief Notes
Debut Alert: Houston’s Nick Tropeano
Left-handed Houston prospect Nick Tropeano is scheduled to make his major-league debut tonight. Not necessarily celebrated for his arm speed, the 23-year-old nevertheless recorded excellent numbers at Triple-A Oklahoma City this. To wit: 124.2 IP, 24.7% K, 6.8%.

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Colorado at New York NL, starts at 7:10pm 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
Wei-Yin Chen BAL 7 4 4 3 4 BOS Brandon Workman 13:35
Aaron Harang ATL 4 5 5 4 10 WAS Stephen Strasburg 16:05
Kyle Gibson MIN 5 4 5 4 10 CLE T.J. House 19:05
Vance Worley PIT 6 10 6 3 3 PHI Jerome Williams 19:05
Jake Odorizzi TB 7 4 5 3 8 NYA Chris Capuano 19:05
Kyle Hendricks CHN 6 4 5 4 7 TOR Drew Hutchison 19:07
James Shields KC 7 10 8 8 7 DET Rick Porcello 19:08
Tyler Matzek COL 6 4 4 3 5 NYN Rafael Montero 19:10
John Lackey STL 9 4 5 3 6 CIN Alfredo Simon 19:10
Matt Shoemaker LAA 9 4 4 3 3 TEX Nick Tepesch 20:05
Jarred Cosart MIA 5 4 5 5 8 MIL Wily Peralta 20:10
Jeff Samardzija OAK 9 10 7 3 5 CHA Chris Bassitt* 20:10
Nick Tropeano* HOU 7 4 7 8 9 SEA Hisashi Iwakuma 22:10
Ian Kennedy SD 8 3 5 5 6 LAN Dan Haren 22:10
Josh Collmenter AZ 5 3 6 10 4 SF Ryan Vogelsong 22:15

To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 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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Jeff in T.O.
9 years ago

Orioles Red Sox game @ 1:35, isn’t it?