NERD Game Scores: Some Consequence in Houston by Carson Cistulli July 28, 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 Los Angeles at Houston | 20:10 ET Wilson (128.0 IP, 103 xFIP-) vs. McHugh (127.0 IP, 100 xFIP-) The entertainment value provided by a text or performance is typically a direct result of the stakes which face the characters in that same text/performance. For example: while profound in its own way, the portion of a bar mitzvah during which the young man chants his haftorah is typically an exercise in abject boredom. Here one finds a 13-year-old who, rather than awkwardly chanting Hebrew in front of his bubbe, would probably much rather be awkwardly doing something else. Were that same young man, however, to receive electric shocks of increasing intensity for every pronunciation error he made — this would facilitate much greater entertainment for those gathered. Would it be horrifying? Yes. But, as everything everywhere proves, horrifying and compelling are not mutually exclusive. For the duration of this series, the Angels and Astros will resemble, in no small part, a young boy who, while becoming a man, is also becoming unconscious due to all the aforementioned electric shocks. The clubs are currently separated by a mere game atop the AL West and only a handful of playoff-odds percentage points. The consequences, if not tremendous, at least resemble something approaching tremendous. Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Houston Radio. Two Brief Notes Perpetually Looping Video: Zack Godley’s Two-Seamer. Right-hander Zack Godley, who starts tonight for Arizona, recorded a 7:0 strikeout-to-walk ratio against 21 batters over 6.0 innings in his major-league debut for the D-backs last Thursday (box). What follows is footage documenting one of those strikeouts — versus Adam Lind by way of a 92 mph two-seamer with considerable movement. Today’s Free Game Today’s free game features the same Angel and Astro clubs cited above, 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 Julio Teheran ATL 5 3 5 6 6 BAL Ubaldo Jimenez 19:05 Adam Morgan PHI 2 2 5 10 5 TOR Felix Doubront 19:07 Jeff Samardzija CHA 6 1 3 3 3 BOS Wade Miley 19:10 David Price DET 7 3 5 3 6 TB Jake Odorizzi 19:10 Chris Young KC 1 4 4 4 6 CLE Trevor Bauer 19:10 James Shields SD 7 3 7 7 10 NYN No. Syndergaard 19:10 Jo. Zimmermann WAS 6 8 7 5 10 MIA Jose Fernandez 19:10 Yohan Flande* COL 5 4 5 5 4 CHN Dallas Beeler* 20:05 Chris Capuano NYA 7 7 5 3 1 TEX Martin Perez 20:05 C.J. Wilson LAA 3 8 7 10 5 HOU Collin McHugh 20:10 Charlie Morton PIT 5 8 5 4 2 MIN Mike Pelfrey 20:10 Mike Leake CIN 6 3 5 3 7 STL Jaime Garcia 20:15 Zack Godley* AZ 10 5 6 3 7 SEA Hisashi Iwakuma 22:10 Sonny Gray OAK 7 4 7 9 6 LAN Brett Anderson 22:10 Wily Peralta MIL 5 3 5 8 4 SF Matt Cain 22:15 * = Fewer than 10 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.