NERD Game Scores for Sunday, August 17, 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
Milwaukee at Los Angeles NL | 16:10 ET
Wily Peralta (151.0 IP, 98 xFIP-, 0.9 WAR) faces Dan Haren (140.0 IP, 101 xFIP-, 0.1 WAR). Milwaukee’s defeat of Clayton Kershaw et al. on Saturday (box) — in concert with losses both by Pittsburgh and St. Louis — allowed the Brewers to improve their odds of winning the NL Central by nearly 10 percentage points, from 38% to 47%. This afternoon, Americans have the opportunity to hear either Bob Uecker or Vin Scully narrate the events of this next contest between the Brewers and Trolley Dodgers.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Milwaukee Radio or Los Angeles NL Television.

Two Brief Notes
Status Update: Houston’s Robbie Grossman
Since his most recent promotion to the majors, Houston outfielder Robbie Grossman has been decidedly competent offensively. Following a game on Saturday in which he walked twice and struck out zero times at Boston, the 24-year-old outfielder has now recorded walk and strikeout rates of 17.0% and 23.7%, respectively, and four home runs and a 131 wRC+ (.333 BABIP) in 135 plate appearances since July 8th.

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Toronto at Chicago AL, starts at 2:10pm 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 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
Kevin Gausman BAL 5 6 6 4 8 CLE Danny Salazar 13:05
Chris Young SEA 1 6 6 8 6 DET Robbie Ray* 13:08
Josh Collmenter AZ 3 3 3 4 3 MIA Tom Koehler 13:10
Jake Arrieta CHN 8 3 3 2 2 NYN Rafael Montero 13:10
Collin McHugh HOU 7 4 4 3 4 BOS Joe Kelly 13:35
Hiroki Kuroda NYA 3 3 3 5 2 TB Jer. Hellickson 13:40
Jeremy Guthrie KC 3 10 5 3 2 MIN Tommy Milone 14:10
Drew Hutchison TOR 6 5 4 2 1 CHA Scott Carroll 14:10
Odris. Despaigne SD 2 3 5 9 5 STL Ad’m Wainwright 14:15
Hector Santiago LAA 2 7 4 3 2 TEX Nick Tepesch 15:05
David Buchanan PHI 5 3 6 8 6 SF Tim Lincecum 16:05
Mat Latos CIN 3 3 4 4 4 COL Jordan Lyles 16:10
Dylan Axelrod* CIN 4 3 4 4 4 COL Yohan Flande 21:10
Wily Peralta MIL 7 9 6 4 5 LAN Dan Haren 16:10
Ed. Volquez PIT 2 8 5 4 5 WAS Doug Fister 17:05
Jon Lester OAK 7 7 6 6 5 ATL Mike Minor 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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