NERD Game Scores: Houston Astros Return Engagement by Carson Cistulli June 30, 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 Kansas City at Houston | 20:10 ET Duffy (43.0 IP, 117 xFIP-) vs. Keuchel (116.1 IP, 73 xFIP-) By mere decimal points, this Royals-Astros encounter receives today’s highest game score, rendering it not only (a) the (hypothetically) most watchable contest of the evening according to the inadequate methodology devised by the author, but also (b) the third consecutive day on which the Houstons have been featured within same. With regard to which of the club’s qualities distinguish them most substantially, one finds that they’ve produced a park-adjusted home-run rate nearly 2.5 standard deviations better than the league average while having deployed batters who, overall, are more than 2.5 standard deviations younger than the mean — both league-leading figures, those. Additionally, the Astros bullpen has recorded the lowest park-adjusted xFIP in all the majors; its baserunners, the fifth-most runs by that measure. A collection of promising traits, is what one finds here — just as within a dating profile on which one has lied about his collection of promising traits. Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Houston Radio. Two Brief Notes Perpetually Looping Video: Cody Anderson, Inducing Weak Flies Cleveland right-hander Cody Anderson, recording just his second major-league start on Monday, conceded now baserunners over the first 6.1 innings of that same contest against Tampa Bay (box). While he ultimately collected just two strikeouts versus 26 batters, he also appeared to benefit from some weakly hit pop ups, such as those which follow in a perpetually looping video. Today’s Free Game Today’s free game features Chicago AL at St. Louis, starts at 20:15 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 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 changes here, if you’re the sort of person accustomed to making poor life decisions. Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP Home Time Tayl’r Jungmann MIL 4 3 4 1 7 PHI Cole Hamels 19:05 Colby Lewis TEX 3 3 4 6 4 BAL Miguel Gonzalez 19:05 Ed. Rodriguez BOS 8 4 6 9 4 TOR Marco Estrada 19:07 Gerrit Cole PIT 10 8 6 4 2 DET Justin Verlander 19:08 Kyle Hendricks CHN 7 6 6 4 5 NYN Jon Niese 19:10 Danny Salazar CLE 10 6 7 6 6 TB Erasmo Ramirez 19:10 Phil Hughes MIN 4 3 4 4 4 CIN Ant. DeSclafani 19:10 Ryan Vogelsong SF 0 5 4 5 5 MIA Mat Latos 19:10 Jo. Zimmermann WAS 5 4 4 2 6 ATL Shelby Miller 19:10 Danny Duffy KC 4 7 7 10 8 HOU Dallas Keuchel 20:10 Chris Sale CHA 10 1 5 4 5 STL Lance Lynn 20:15 Carlos Frias LAN 6 6 7 5 9 AZ Rub. de la Rosa 21:40 Jorge de la Rosa COL 4 4 5 5 7 OAK Sonny Gray 22:05 Ivan Nova* NYA 4 9 7 7 7 LAA Andrew Heaney* 22:05 Mi. Montgomery SEA 5 4 4 3 5 SD Ian Kennedy 22:10 * = Fewer than 10 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.