NERD Game Scores for Wednesday, September 24, 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
San Francisco at Los Angeles NL | 22:10 ET
Tim Hudson (184.0 IP, 96 xFIP-, 1.7 WAR) faces Clayton Kershaw (190.1 IP, 57 xFIP-, 6.8 WAR). The Dodgers could clinch the NL West with a win tonight against the Giants. One assumes such an event — a clear indicator of success in their respective field — would make the players on that club happy. But how happy? And for how long? In fact, a meta-analysis of the extant literature conducted by California-Riverside’s Sonja Lyubomirsky reveals that, while success in one’s vocation is a source of happiness, it is also just as often a product of happiness. Unfortunate news, that, for the melancholy among us — who, of course, will have regarded their respective failures as inevitable, anyway.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Basically All of Them.

Lone, Brief Note
Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Arizona at Minnesota, starts at 13:10pm 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
Bud Norris BAL 5 4 5 4 9 NYA Shane Greene 13:05
Chris Sale CHA 10 4 6 6 5 DET Justin Verlander 13:08
Vidal Nuno AZ 6 4 5 4 10 MIN Phil Hughes 13:10
Hector Santiago LAA 3 4 7 10 8 OAK Jon Lester 15:35
Dillon Gee NYN 4 4 5 4 8 WAS Gio Gonzalez 19:05
Taijuan Walker SEA 6 4 4 4 5 TOR Mark Buehrle 19:07
Jason Vargas KC 5 10 7 4 6 CLE Trevor Bauer 19:10
Kyle Lohse MIL 5 4 4 3 4 CIN Daniel Corcino* 19:10
Kyle Kendrick PHI 3 4 4 4 6 MIA Brad Hand 19:10
Jeff Locke PIT 6 10 7 4 7 ATL Julio Teheran 19:10
Jake Odorizzi TB 7 4 4 4 0 BOS Anthony Ranaudo 19:10
Scott Feldman HOU 3 4 4 4 4 TEX Lisalverto Bonilla* 20:05
John Lackey STL 8 6 6 4 9 CHN Jake Arrieta 20:05
Yohan Flande COL 6 4 5 4 6 SD Joe Wieland* 21:10
Tim Hudson SF 6 10 7 4 10 LAN Clayton Kershaw 22:10

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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9 years ago

Lisalverto Bonilla