NERD Game Scores for Wednesday, August 20, 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
Atlanta at Pittsburgh | 19:05 ET
Alex Wood (123.0 IP, 90 xFIP-, 1.5 WAR) faces Gerrit Cole (85.2 IP, 96 xFIP-, 0.7 WAR). Of some note regarding these two: they’re the same age (23), have recorded the same precise park-adjusted xFIP (88 xFIP-) and WAR (3.1), and have done all that in almost the same precise number of major-league innings (200.2 and 203.0, respectively).

Regard, those figures (and others) rendered in table form:

Name IP K% BB% BABIP GB% xFIP- FIP- ERA- WAR RA9-WAR
Alex Wood 200.2 23.6% 7.5% .315 47.0% 88 86 84 3.1 3.3
Gerrit Cole 203.0 21.3% 6.8% .308 50.3% 88 90 96 3.1 3.2

Of some other note regarding these two, as well: while the former (i.e. Wood) was omitted from most (all?) top-100 prospect lists, the latter generally occupied a place among the top-10 players on those same lists in both 2012 and -13. What ought one to conclude from this? That our painful labors are unnecessary and fruitless? No. Rather, one should enjoy him- or herself watching this game, which features two clubs that possess declining, but still real, odds of qualifying for playoffs.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Atlanta Radio.

Two Brief Notes
Recall Alert: Erisbel Arruebarruena
The purpose of this alert is to note that Cuban emigre and Dodgers shortstop-type Erisbel Arruebarruena was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque yesterday and also started at shortstop, which he’ll continue to do probably until Hanley Ramirez (oblique) returns. Arruebarruena has recorded an alarming strikeout rate of 32.1% (and walk rate of just 5.9%) in 237 plate appearances across four minor-league levels this season.

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features the New York Nationals at Oakland, starts at 3:35pm 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
Nick Martinez TEX 0 3 4 4 8 MIA Nathan Eovaldi 12:40
James Paxton SEA 10 6 6 3 7 PHI Cole Hamels 13:05
R.A. Dickey TOR 10 4 7 9 5 MIL Jimmy Nelson 14:10
Zack Wheeler NYN 7 2 6 8 7 OAK Jeff Samardzija 15:35
Trevor Cahill AZ 5 3 4 4 5 WAS Tanner Roark 19:05
Alex Wood ATL 7 8 7 6 8 PIT Gerrit Cole 19:05
Scott Feldman HOU 1 4 4 3 6 NYA Michael Pineda 19:05
Rick Porcello DET 5 9 6 4 7 TB Jake Odorizzi 19:10
Garrett Richards LAA 9 7 5 3 3 BOS Clay Buchholz 19:10
Johnny Cueto CIN 8 2 5 8 4 STL Lance Lynn 19:15
Jake Peavy SF 2 8 5 4 4 CHN Edwin Jackson 20:05
Wei-Yin Chen BAL 6 5 4 3 4 CHA Hector Noesi 20:10
T.J. House CLE 8 4 4 3 4 MIN Ricky Nolasco 20:10
Danny Duffy KC 3 9 5 4 2 COL Jorge de la Rosa 20:40
Eric Stults SD 4 3 3 4 1 LAN Rob. Hernandez 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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Well-Beered Englishman
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Well-Beered Englishman

Cool Name NERD Scores

Erisbel Arruebarruena is not enough to enliven a dull matchup between Roberto Hernandez and the almost-amusingly-named Eric Stults. Imagine if he had been Steven Sebastian Stults. That name would have been on a level with Brad Brach and Danny Dickie Duffy.

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I think he’s got a chance in the “I Want To Hear What The Commentators Do With This One NERD Scores.”

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