NERD Game Scores for Tuesday, August 12, 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.


Most Highly Rated Game
Detroit at Pittsburgh | 19:05 ET
Robbie Ray (15.1 IP, 124 xFIP-, 0.2 WAR) faces Edinson Volquez (133.2 IP, 116 xFIP-, 0.1 WAR). After their loss last night to Pittsburgh (box) — this, combined with Kansas City’s late-inning victory (their eighth consecutive) over Oakland (other box) — Detroit now occupies a rare space in the monde du baseball, in that they possess the third-best odds of winning the World Series according to the methodology utilized by this site while also occupying just second place in their own division. Indeed, the Tigers still possess a favorable projected rest-of-season winning percentage (.574) relative to the Royals (.500).

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Detroit Radio.

Two Brief Notes
MLB Debut Notice: Liriano
Outfielder Rymer Liriano, ranked fifth among San Diego prospects this preseason by Marc Hulet and generally praised for his tools, made his major-league debut for that same club last night, in right field. The result: 4 PA, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 0 H (box).

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Arizona at Cleveland, starts at 7:05pm 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 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
Josh Collmenter AZ 3 3 4 4 9 CLE T.J. House 19:05
Robbie Ray* DET 6 7 7 10 2 PIT Edinson Volquez 19:05
Shane Greene NYA 7 4 6 6 6 BAL Wei-Yin Chen 19:05
Joe Kelly BOS 4 2 3 3 3 CIN Mat Latos 19:10
Dan Haren LAN 5 4 5 6 5 ATL Mike Minor 19:10
Ad’m Wainwright STL 5 9 6 4 4 MIA Jarred Cosart 19:10
Doug Fister WAS 5 5 4 2 2 NYN Rafael Montero 19:10
Wily Peralta MIL 7 10 7 3 6 CHN Kyle Hendricks 20:05
Jer. Hellickson TB 0 4 3 3 2 TEX Nick Tepesch 20:05
Yohan Pino MIN 3 3 4 4 7 HOU Collin McHugh 20:10
Jon Lester OAK 7 6 6 8 3 KC Jeremy Guthrie 20:10
Jer. Williams* PHI 4 2 5 9 4 LAA C.J. Wilson 22:05
Yohan Flande COL 4 4 3 3 0 SD Odris. Despaigne 22:10
J.A. Happ TOR 4 6 4 5 1 SEA Chris Young 22:10
Chris Sale CHA 10 2 5 7 3 SF Ryan Vogelsong 22:15

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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Well-Beered Englishman
Well-Beered Englishman

I wish Robin Williams had done play-by-play and color commentary for a baseball game, even just once. The NERD score would have been 100.

Joe Long
Joe Long