NERD Game Scores for Tuesday, August 5, 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
San Francisco at Milwaukee | 20:10 ET
Tim Lincecum (128.1 IP, 98 xFIP-, 0.4 WAR) faces Jimmy Nelson (23.0 IP, 111 xFIP-, 0.2 WAR). No team’s postseason future is less clear at the moment than the Giants’, which club enters Tuesday with 51.9% odds of making the divisional series. Nor are the Brewers very different in this regard: despite a 1.0- and 1.5-game lead over St. Louis and Pittsburgh, respectively, in the NL Central, the Milwaukees currently feature just 37.4% odds of reaching the divisional series.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Basically All of Them.

Three Brief Notes
Hot Debut of Great Heat: Chicago’s Javier Baez
The Cubs, on Monday, announced the promotion of very powerful infield prospect Javier Baez to the majors, where he’s likely to occupy the second-base spot vacated by the trade of Emilio Bonifacio to Atlanta. Steamer projects Baez to slash .239/.287/.427 and produce a 0.5 WAR in a bit less than 200 plate appearances.

Other, More Different Types of Debut: David Price and Drew Smyly
Left-handed David Price and other left-handed Drew Smyly, traded for each other (among other pieces) at the July 31st deadline, are scheduled to make their debuts for Detroit and Tampa Bay, respectively, today.

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Texas at the Chicago Americans, starts at 8:10pm 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 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 that’s interesting for some reason.

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Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Johnny Cueto CIN 8 3 6 6 8 CLE Josh Tomlin 19:05
David Price DET 10 4 6 5 4 NYA Hiroki Kuroda 19:05
Dallas Keuchel HOU 8 4 4 2 2 PHI Kyle Kendrick 19:05
Brad Hand MIA 3 4 5 9 4 PIT Charlie Morton 19:05
Zack Wheeler NYN 8 2 5 5 6 WAS Gio Gonzalez 19:05
Bud Norris BAL 3 7 6 7 4 TOR Mark Buehrle 19:07
Jesse Hahn SD 7 3 5 3 9 MIN Phil Hughes 20:10
Tim Lincecum SF 6 10 8 9 5 MIL Jimmy Nelson 20:10
Colby Lewis TEX 3 3 3 3 2 CHA John Danks 20:10
Rubby de la Rosa BOS 6 3 5 8 4 STL Lance Lynn 20:15
Travis Wood CHN 2 4 4 4 6 COL Brett Anderson 20:40
Danny Duffy KC 3 4 4 3 8 AZ Wade Miley 21:40
Drew Smyly TB 5 5 6 7 7 OAK Jason Hammel 22:05
Alex Wood ATL 8 7 7 4 10 SEA Felix Hernandez 22:10
Hector Santiago LAA 2 7 6 5 10 LAN Clayton Kershaw 22:10

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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1 year 9 months ago

Carson, you need to update the announcer ratings. I know a lot of the teams have had turnover–the Cubs’ radio and TV booths both have changed out the color guys, for the better in my opinion (especially on radio), and I’m pretty sure the Diamondbacks have had 100% turnover.

Also, and this is just my personal opinion, there’s no way the Giants’ booths should be the top rated. They’re all terrible.

1 year 9 months ago

In what way are any of Krukow/Kuiper/Miller/Flemming anything close to terrible?

1 year 9 months ago

Exactly how many “gamer babes” and animal hat shots can you stand?

Jon Miller is fine though losing acuity more quickly than Vin Scully even, and Flemming has multi-sport talent. Kruk&Kuip are execrable.

Mike Green
Mike Green
1 year 9 months ago

Johnny Cueto, David Price, Felix Hernandez and Clayton Kershaw all pitching on the same day? Cool. The game of the day involves Tim Lincecum and Jimmy Nelson? Bummer, dude.