NERD Game Scores for Tuesday, September 2, 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
Seattle at Oakland | 22:05 ET
James Paxton (39.1 IP, 79 xFIP-, 0.7 WAR) faces Sonny Gray (178.0 IP, 92 xFIP-, 2.9 WAR). As recently as August 10, Oakland had a four-game lead over Anaheim and possessed odds of 79% and 90%, respectively, of winning the AL West and qualifying for the divisional series. Pretty convincing, those figures. As of Tuesday morning, however, only Kansas City faces less certainty with regard to the playoffs than the A’s. Emil Cioran’s mother was correct, then, one finds, when she told that same anguished Romanian philosopher: “Whatever people try to do, they’ll regret it sooner or later.”

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Oakland Radio.

Two Brief Notes
Ongoing Roster Expansion Coverage
Here are two notable players among many others who’ve been promoted as part of expanded rosters: Philadelphia infield prospect Maikel Franco and also Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson. And a third: Toronto left-hander Daniel Norris, who recorded a strikeout rate of 44.7% over five appearances and 22.2 innings with Triple-A Syracuse.

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Los Angeles AL at Houston, 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 you’re the sort of person accustomed to making poor life decisions.

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Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Joe Kelly BOS 3 3 4 4 8 NYA Shane Greene 19:05
Mat Latos CIN 4 3 4 4 3 BAL Bud Norris 19:05
Kyle Lobstein* DET 4 8 6 4 9 CLE Carlos Carrasco 19:05
Jon Niese NYN 5 3 4 4 3 MIA Brad Penny* 19:10
Kyle Kendrick PHI 2 3 4 6 6 ATL Mike Minor 19:10
R.A. Dickey TOR 10 4 5 4 3 TB J’my Hellickson 19:10
Yovani Gallardo MIL 4 9 6 4 8 CHN Jake Arrieta 20:05
Hector Noesi CHA 4 3 3 3 2 MIN Tommy Milone 20:10
C.J. Wilson LAA 3 4 4 4 2 HOU Brad Peacock 20:10
Derek Holland* TEX 7 3 6 10 3 KC Jeremy Guthrie 20:10
Jeff Locke PIT 5 7 6 7 5 STL Ad. Wainwright 20:15
Yusmeiro Petit SF 6 9 6 3 4 COL Jordan Lyles 20:40
James Paxton SEA 9 6 8 10 7 OAK Sonny Gray 22:05
Wade Miley AZ 7 3 3 3 2 SD Od. Despaigne 22:10
Doug Fister WAS 5 4 6 6 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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