NERD Game Scores for Sunday, August 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.

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Most Highly Rated Game
Los Angeles NL at Milwaukee | 14:10 ET
Clayton Kershaw (128.1 IP, 51 xFIP-, 4.8 WAR) faces Jimmy Nelson (30.0 IP, 106 xFIP-, 0.3 WAR). Despite the fact that not only St. Louis and Pittsburgh — but also even Cincinnati — are all expected to produce higher win percentages over the remaining quarter-plus of the season, Milwaukee now possesses the highest odds of all NL Central clubs of winning that same division. This is due in no small part to how the Brewers have banked wins, as it were, in each of their last three games. Banking a fourth consecutive one will prove more difficult, on account of how they face leauge’s best starter on a per-inning basis.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Milwaukee Radio.

Two Brief Notes
Club Debut: Zach Walters for Cleveland
Infielder and apparently also outfielder Zach Walters, acquired by Cleveland in the trade that sent Asdrubal Cabrera to Washington, has been promoted to the majors and is expected to start in left field today.

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Minnesota at Oakland, starts at 4:05pm 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.

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Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Carlos Carrasco CLE 7 5 5 5 4 NYA Hiroki Kuroda 13:05
David Price DET 10 5 6 6 4 TOR Mark Buehrle 13:07
Brad Hand MIA 4 4 4 3 8 CIN Johnny Cueto 13:10
Zack Wheeler NYN 8 2 3 3 2 PHI Kyle Kendrick 13:35
Tyson Ross SD 9 3 6 9 4 PIT Charlie Morton 13:35
Lance Lynn STL 4 9 6 6 4 BAL Kevin Gausman 13:35
Clayton Kershaw LAN 10 4 7 10 6 MIL Jimmy Nelson 14:10
Tim Lincecum SF 6 9 7 7 3 KC Danny Duffy 14:10
Nick Martinez TEX 0 3 4 4 7 HOU Dallas Keuchel 14:10
Alex Cobb TB 7 4 4 3 2 CHN Travis Wood 14:20
Rubby de la Rosa BOS 5 2 5 9 2 LAA Hector Santiago 15:35
Phil Hughes MIN 10 3 6 5 6 OAK Jason Hammel 16:05
John Danks CHA 2 2 3 5 3 SEA Erasmo Ramirez 16:10
Franklin Morales COL 0 4 4 3 8 AZ Wade Miley 16:10
Gio Gonzalez WAS 7 5 6 6 7 ATL Alex Wood 20:05

To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.



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