One Night Only: Game Previews for August 11th


Let’s cut to the chase, how’s about.

Featured Game
Detroit (2) at Cleveland (6) | 19:05 ET
• Allow me to remind the reader that, after some important work in the NERD Lab yesterday, today’s Game Scores are being calculated with a new and improved playoff-odds adjustment — the entirely boring and unnecessarily complicated details of which any English speaker with a computer can read here.
• If you’re the sort of reader who prefers cutting to the chase, remain confident that Carson Cistulli is dedicated to improving your baseball experience to the max.
• If you’re the sort of film director who prefers cutting to the chase, your name is probably Hal Roach Sr.
• And you directed the Our Gang movies, among others.
• And you died in 1992. (Which: condolences.)

Audio Feed: Suggestions? (I’ve watched some Tigers Television. Rod Allen is quite strong, but I wouldn’t describe the broadcast as transencdent, either.)

Also Playing
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.6.

Note: a full list of Team NERD scores — including the relevant playoff-odds adjustments (POFF) appear at the bottom of this post.


Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP Home Time
Danny Duffy KC 6 10 5 6 5 TB Jeff Niemann 12:10
Cory Luebke SD 10 6 8 6 9 NYN Jonathon Niese 12:10
Jhoulys Chacin COL 5 6 4 5 5 CIN Johnny Cueto 12:35
Guillermo Moscoso OAK 0 1 1 6 5 TOR Brad Mills* 12:37
Tyler Chatwood LAA 2 5 6 10 6 NYA Bartolo Colon 13:05
Jordan Zimmermann WAS 8 4 5 1 7 CHN Ryan Dempster 14:20
Mark Buehrle CHA 3 2 3 2 2 BAL Chris Tillman 19:05
Justin Verlander DET 10 2 10 6 5 CLE Fausto Carmona 19:05
Yovani Gallardo MIL 7 7 9 4 8 STL Chris Carpenter 20:15
Brett Myers HOU 5 3 5 9 2 AZ Joe Saunders 21:40

NERD represents an attempt to anticipate the watchability of a game for the baseballing enthusiast.
To learn more about Pitcher NERD, click here and scroll down a little.
To learn more about latest Team NERD, click here.
To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.

The complete Team NERD table. (Note: Team NERD Scores do not include POFF adjusted in last column):


Teams NERD Age BAT HR/FB Spd BULL UZR Pay Luck POFF
Royals 10 2.35 0.06 -0.46 0.65 -0.33 0.26 1.40 1.13 -0.68
Red Sox 10 0.00 2.40 1.52 0.31 0.57 1.84 0.00 0.33 -0.62
Yankees 10 0.00 1.96 1.42 1.67 0.57 0.60 0.00 0.00 -0.63
Diamondbacks 9 0.52 -0.16 0.91 0.82 -0.03 2.23 0.97 0.00 1.32
Marlins 9 1.44 -0.34 0.26 -0.20 0.53 -0.28 0.89 1.51 -0.68
Rangers 8 0.00 1.60 1.40 0.99 -0.30 0.72 0.02 0.00 0.65
Brewers 7 0.15 0.75 1.23 -0.03 1.23 0.04 0.18 0.40 0.13
Indians 6 0.98 -0.15 0.62 -0.20 -0.10 -0.46 1.08 0.00 1.98
Rays 6 0.42 0.20 0.01 0.99 -1.96 1.21 1.25 0.00 -0.42
Blue Jays 6 0.24 0.50 0.19 0.65 0.53 -0.61 0.75 0.00 -0.65
Padres 6 0.52 -0.82 -1.11 1.67 0.43 0.10 1.16 0.00 -0.61
Rockies 6 0.24 -0.31 0.24 0.48 1.40 0.02 0.12 0.00 -0.43
Mets 6 0.61 0.95 -1.28 1.16 0.17 -1.19 0.00 1.35 -0.46
Pirates 5 1.53 -1.20 -0.82 -0.20 -0.10 0.22 1.15 0.00 -0.56
Reds 5 0.00 0.23 0.65 -0.71 -0.43 1.83 0.41 0.00 -0.40
Angels 5 0.00 -0.40 -0.43 0.48 -0.60 1.26 0.00 1.58 2.10
Braves 4 0.06 -0.36 1.35 -2.07 2.07 -1.05 0.15 0.69 -0.15
Dodgers 4 0.00 -0.77 -1.06 0.31 0.03 0.16 0.00 2.00 -0.65
Nationals 4 0.00 -0.68 0.67 0.31 -0.63 -0.25 0.72 0.26 -0.67
Cardinals 4 0.00 1.40 1.32 -1.56 -0.10 -0.92 0.00 0.00 2.37
Giants 4 0.00 -1.61 -1.39 -1.05 1.70 0.54 0.00 1.94 1.49
Astros 3 0.24 -0.41 -1.56 0.48 0.10 -1.58 0.55 1.96 -0.70
Phillies 3 0.00 0.01 0.12 0.82 -0.67 -0.67 0.00 0.08 -0.69
Tigers 2 0.24 0.65 -0.17 -0.88 -1.60 -0.55 0.00 1.11 1.38
Orioles 2 0.24 -0.14 0.57 -1.73 0.07 -2.07 0.19 1.26 -0.70
White Sox 2 0.00 -0.77 -0.34 -1.90 1.33 -0.19 0.00 0.00 0.99
Athletics 1 0.00 -0.59 -1.45 0.14 -0.17 -0.59 0.65 0.00 -0.67
Cubs 1 0.00 -0.53 0.16 -0.88 -0.80 -0.92 0.00 0.75 -0.70
Twins 0 1.07 -1.11 -1.08 -0.54 -2.50 0.20 0.00 0.00 -0.66
Mariners 0 0.00 -1.95 -1.47 0.14 -0.43 -0.05 0.16 0.26 -0.70




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  1. herve houchoua says:

    Pitch NERD
    ……………..

    J aime :

    NIEMANN / TB / 3 @ 4 @ 5 today : 5
    NIESE / NYM / 6 @ 7 @ 8 @ 9 today : 9

    j aime pas :

    CARMONA / CLE / 7 @ 6 @ 5 today : 5

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  2. futant462 says:

    Sorry, DET @ CLE is a 10??
    I know we can’t just do (3*SP1 + 3*SP2 + T1+T2)/8 anymore to calculate this, but I still can’t figure out how that math works out to an avg > 9.5
    Without considering POFFS that game is a 6.625. So 2.875 pts or greater are added by POFFS adjustment?
    Looking at the teams table, I can see that might be the case, but… that seems much too strong.

    Just an idea, instead of having 25% give you the highest POFFS score (Or something like that, I just skimmed yesterdays, apologies), wouldn’t a better metric be “how much of an influence on a teams playoff chances could this game have” Thus downplaying games earlier in the season and having much more exciting ones later on. Which seems to closer mimic reality.

    I critique because I care.

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  3. Tom says:

    If you can listen to WTAM (Indians radio) Tom Hamilton is one of the better radio voices in the game. Indians TV crew is another story.

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  4. Telo says:

    Nanananananananananana……………………

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  5. Telo2 says:

    Finally Telo you post something smart.

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  6. Mark says:

    Go for the Indians’ broadcast if only because it IS so much worse. You’ll hear things like: “Solo HRs are okay because they prevent teams from starting a rally.” “Verlander is good because he knows how to win.” and “I know nothing about this guy, Matt, because I do no research even though it’s my job.” Only one of those is fake. Fun times in Cleveland today!

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  7. Telo3 says:

    Why are there so many of us?

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  8. rudle says:

    I find WXYT (detroit) perfectly acceptable. Dan Dickerson calls a good game, plus he reads FanGraphs and that’s gotta be worth something.

    source: http://www.blessyouboys.com/2011/3/14/2047136/q-a-with-tigers-radio-announcer-dan-dickerson-part-1

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  9. Troy McClure says:

    I second the suggestion of WXYT, Dickerson is a solid announcer. Don’t mind Detroit’s TV crew either.

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