NERD Game Scores: Ft. Uncommon Drama in Detroit

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
Pittsburgh at Detroit | 19:08 ET
Vance Worley (62.2 IP, 99 xFIP-, 0.9 WAR) faces Buck Farmer (115.2 IP, 27.1% K, 6.0% BB at Class- and Double-A). As of last Tuesday, Detroit possessed 92% odds of qualifying for the ALDS. After a week populated almost exclusively by Kansas City victories, however, the Tigers’ chances have fallen about 30 percentage points, while the team itself has fallen (if only slightly) out of first place in the AL Central. These are the conditions, one notes, under which right-handed prospect Buck Farmer is expected to record what one might accurately call either (a) his major-league debut or also (b) his third-ever start above the Class-A Midwest League. A fifth-round pick last year out Georgia Tech, Farmer has produced excellent fielding-independent numbers against the competition he has faced — largely, it would seem, on the strength of a fastball-slider combination.

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Two Brief Notes
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Cubs prospect Javier Baez recorded zero breathtaking home runs on Tuesday.

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Tampa Bay at Texas, starts at 8:05pm 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
Anthony Ranaudo* BOS 5 2 4 3 6 CIN Mike Leake 12:35
Kyle Gibson MIN 4 3 4 4 3 HOU Brett Oberholtzer 14:10
Jose Quintana CHA 6 2 5 7 3 SF Jake Peavy 15:45
Tyler Matzek COL 3 4 4 3 7 SD Ian Kennedy 18:40
Andrew Chafin* AZ 7 3 5 5 5 CLE Trevor Bauer 19:05
Vidal Nuno AZ 4 3 5 5 8 CLE Josh Tomlin* TBD
Michael Pineda* NYA 7 4 5 5 2 BAL Chris Tillman 19:05
Vance Worley PIT 5 10 8 7 10 DET Buck Farmer* 19:08
Hyun-Jin Ryu LAN 7 4 6 6 8 ATL Ervin Santana 19:10
Justin Masterson STL 4 10 7 4 8 MIA Nathan Eovaldi 19:10
J. Zimmermann WAS 10 5 5 2 5 NYN Bartolo Colon 19:10
Kyle Lohse MIL 4 10 6 3 5 CHN Tsuyoshi Wada 20:05
Chris Archer TB 6 4 4 3 4 TEX Miles Mikolas 20:05
Scott Kazmir OAK 7 6 6 8 4 KC Jason Vargas 20:10
A.J. Burnett PHI 3 2 4 9 2 LAA Jered Weaver 22:05
R.A. Dickey TOR 10 5 7 6 8 SEA Hisashi Iwakuma 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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Buck Farmer
Buck Farmer
2 years 1 month ago

Glad Notgraphs did this post BEFORE I got called up:

2 years 1 month ago

It sounds more like the Tigers called up a pitcher from the 1920s with a name like Buck Farmer