Saturday, 23 August 2014

23 Aug 2014: Potentially Entertaining Game Scores

Eyes interested in youthful pitchers will be drawn to Target Field today, where Buck Farmer goes for the Tigers in the day game, while Trevor May pitches for the home team in the night cap. Otherwise, your top pitching match-up is in Los Angeles tonight, with Jacob DeGrom facing Zack Greinke. If I didn't adjust for playoff chances, that would be your top game of the day, followed by the Angels vs Oakland, then a tie between Pittsburgh vs Milwaukee and San Francisco vs Washington.

Seattle vs Boston           63
San Francisco vs Washington 61
Atlanta vs Cincinnati       60
Detroit vs Minnesota        58 (consolidated score for both games)
Pittsburgh vs Milwaukee     57
Kansas City vs Texas        54
St Louis vs Philadelphia    48
Tampa Bay vs Toronto        46
White Sox vs Yankees        45
Houston vs Cleveland        44
Angels vs Oakland           43
Baltimore vs Cubs           42
Miami vs Colorado           42
Mets vs Dodgers             42
San Diego vs Arizona        38

This is the BETA version of a method of rating games for their potential to provide entertaining baseball. The formula is still in development, but is refined enough at the moment that it can guide you towards games where the batters will get on base and hit for power, the fielders cover ground and throw well and the pitchers induce the batter to swing. Games are rated on the 20-80 scale, with 50 being an average score.

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