NERD Game Scores for Tuesday, July 8, 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
Toronto at Los Angeles AL | 22:05 ET
R.A. Dickey (112.0 IP, 110 xFIP-, 0.6 WAR) faces Tyler Skaggs (84.1 IP, 94 xFIP-, 1.3 WAR). The former, despite continuing to produce less excellent defense-independent numbers than in 2012, still prevents sufficient runs by means of the knuckleball — which baseball pitch famous and droll American painter James McNeill Whistler likely would have praised (had he not died instead) on the grounds that it is equal parts beautiful and amusing.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Toronto Radio.

Two Brief Notes
Regarding Tsuyoshi Wada, His Major-League Debut
Signed out of Japan for two years and $8.14 million by Baltimore in December of 2011, the left-handed Tsuyoshi Wada promptly required Tommy John surgery and has thrown just over 200 minor-league innings following his recovery. Today, the 33-year-old makes his real-live major-league debut after recording impressive strikeout and walk rates of 25.4% and 6.3%, respectively, over 17 appearances (16 starts) for Triple-A Iowa this season.

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features San Diego at Colorado, starts at 8:40pm 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.

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Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Travis Wood CHN 1 4 4 3 8 CIN Johnny Cueto 13:10
Tsuyoshi Wada* CHN 9 4 6 3 5 CIN David Holmberg* 19:10
Bud Norris BAL 3 6 5 6 5 WAS Doug Fister 19:05
Masahiro Tanaka NYA 10 3 7 7 6 CLE Trevor Bauer 19:05
Hyun-Jin Ryu LAN 6 5 5 4 3 DET Justin Verlander 19:08
Julio Teheran ATL 6 7 5 2 5 NYN Jacob deGrom 19:10
John Danks CHA 2 2 2 2 3 BOS Brandon Workman 19:10
Jason Vargas KC 4 5 5 7 6 TB Jeremy Hellickson* 19:10
Brad Peacock HOU 3 8 3 4 0 TEX Nick Martinez 20:05
Kyle Kendrick PHI 1 2 4 6 7 MIL Wily Peralta 20:10
Vance Worley PIT 5 4 5 3 7 STL Carlos Martinez* 20:15
Tyson Ross SD 8 4 5 9 2 COL Franklin Morales 20:40
Brad Hand* MIA 4 7 4 3 4 NYA Vidal Nuno 21:40
Ma’son Bumgarner SF 9 5 7 7 6 OAK Sonny Gray 22:05
R.A. Dickey TOR 9 6 8 6 7 LAA Tyler Skaggs 22:05
Phil Hughes MIN 9 4 5 5 0 SEA Chris Young 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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Blake
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Blake
1 year 10 months ago

It’s an outrage that Chris Young doesn’t have a high Nerd Score! I demand retribution!!!

It is amazing how he doesn’t give up 6 runs plus…every damn outing.

well met!
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well met!
1 year 10 months ago

Justice demands retribution!

james
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james
1 year 10 months ago

vidal nuno is still showing as an “nya” instead of a d-back or “grt”

Disgruntled East Coast Fan
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Disgruntled East Coast Fan
1 year 10 months ago

Aughhhh, why are all the good games on the West Coast?? I need to sleeeeeep

Sean
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Sean
1 year 10 months ago

Nick Martinez is not starting for the Rangers today. They’ve called up Phil Irwin from AAA.

Wobatus
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Wobatus
1 year 10 months ago

That’ll up the NERD score to the 8ish range given Carson’s affinity for Irwin’s winsome, luminous curve ball.

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