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  1. Yesterday I was going to complain that the Orioles, in (albeit mainly technically) a playoff race, remained a zero-NERD team, and today they are at TEN! It may be a mistake, but it feels like justice. Orioles magic!

    Comment by Frank — August 7, 2012 @ 10:13 am

  2. I wanted to post the exact same thing. The last time Britton pitched, we got obliterated in New York. If Fangraphs gives us a 10 in NERD because we’re outplaying our wonderful run differential, then “Orioles Magic” is it.

    Two words regarding Kevin Gregg: grand slam.

    Comment by Mike M — August 7, 2012 @ 10:16 am

  3. Carson, I don’t mean to be critical, but if your two “notable broadcasts” appear on the bottom half of your watchability table — which is instead topped by Karstens vs. Corbin and Zito vs. Lynn — there may be an issue with the table.

    Comment by Eminor3rd — August 7, 2012 @ 10:29 am

  4. I wouldn’t say Cedeno was outhit by a couple of Reds, maybe he was outfielded (higher wRC+, wOBA).

    Comment by Cliff — August 7, 2012 @ 10:51 am

  5. I just had yet another troutgasm.

    Comment by Angelsjunky — August 7, 2012 @ 10:57 am

  6. Good to know we read the whole thing, including the author’s name….

    Comment by Jack — August 7, 2012 @ 11:02 am

  7. Q. What would one find inside a Mike Trout piñata?

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — August 7, 2012 @ 11:12 am

  8. Winning lottery tickets?

    Comment by Pinstripe Wizard — August 7, 2012 @ 11:15 am

  9. Fish tacos?

    Comment by Steve the Pirate — August 7, 2012 @ 11:28 am

  10. Thank you for that: you are absolutely correct.

    Comment by Robert J. Baumann — August 7, 2012 @ 11:40 am

  11. ” the pitcher scores reflect the handsomeness of the pitcher’s face ”










    Comment by matt w — August 7, 2012 @ 11:40 am

  12. Yes, as Jack indicates, I wrote this and I am not Carson.

    Also, my NERD Scores are meant to guide viewers on the (probable) visual aesthetics of each game. The notable games are notable for other reasons.

    Comment by Robert J. Baumann — August 7, 2012 @ 11:42 am

  13. It’s sorted in order of time (and in fact, in order of the “Probable Pitchers” page at

    Comment by matt w — August 7, 2012 @ 11:48 am


    So aesthetically pleasing.

    You sir, are a Sino-Panamanian hero for a day.

    Comment by samuelraphael — August 7, 2012 @ 11:50 am

  15. Bruce Chen just has such a happy face. I want to squeeze his cheeks and laugh with him at corny jokes.

    Comment by Robert J. Baumann — August 7, 2012 @ 11:59 am

  16. He gets a point because I am interested to see if some afro leaks out of his hat.

    Comment by Robert J. Baumann — August 7, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

  17. Rating games on the handsomeness of the pitchers?
    It’s about time for baseball writers to come out of the closet.

    Comment by Baltar — August 7, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

  18. Maybe a 0 NERD uniform attractiveness score will be the factor that finally leads to the Padres fixing their uniforms. We can only hope.

    Comment by Drakos — August 7, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

  19. Mike Trout!

    Comment by Kyle — August 7, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

  20. Cesar Cedeno was a Gold Glove-winning CF at age 21, not a shortstop.

    Comment by salvo — August 7, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

  21. Not a mistake: going back to the old logo/hat was a great move, and warrants a 10.

    Comment by Robert J. Baumann — August 7, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

  22. Thanks. I knew that, and I am not sure why I typed shortstop.

    Comment by Robert J. Baumann — August 7, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

  23. Having examined the evidence, I can confirm that Jeff Karstens is, in fact, more attractive than Tom Gorzelanny.

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — August 7, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

  24. Chuck Norris

    Comment by Westo — August 7, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

  25. AL pitchers might want to fill up on a different beer:

    I would just use it to drink away the pain, though. There’s no magical potion that can save you from Mike Trout.

    Comment by Westo — August 7, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

  26. Awesome.

    Comment by Kyle — August 7, 2012 @ 3:32 pm

  27. This is the best Daily Notes ever, on any topic, from any source, in any dimension and universe.

    Comment by Brazen Reader — August 7, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

  28. Hey! I work about 3 miles from the Trout River Brewery! It’s Red Sox country up here, but it would still be great to see Mike Trout in the area, I’ll even buy his first beer!

    Comment by Jason — August 8, 2012 @ 9:46 am

  29. Fair criticism, Jack — even with the passive-aggressive sarcasm.

    But to be equally fair, does anyone actually read these whole things? Everyone knows Carson puts about 85% more words in than are necessary for the point.

    To Mr. Baumann — my sincerest apologies for missing your name. You know how habits go, right?

    Comment by Eminor3rd — August 8, 2012 @ 10:38 am

  30. I’m not offended in the least, Eminor.

    Comment by Robert J. Baumann — August 8, 2012 @ 10:44 am

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