No, I don't mean "most watchable if you're playing against the D'Backs." Confused? I was too. Losing isn’t exactly fun to watch -- we're on our way to a second straight last place finish – but as far as bad teams go, the D’Backs are in the highest tier of exciting.That determination of third most exciting to watch is according to Fangraph's NERD. NERD is a rather interesting stat (to a lover of stats like me, that is, or a stat nerd, if you will), it calculates how "watchable" a team is, based on the youth of the team, hitting skills, park adjusted home runs (because chicks dig the long ball), speed, bullpen strength, defense, luck (because "nerds like watching regression happen") and payroll (does payroll make the team more watchable? I guess so). It’s on a 1-10 scale, with 1 making you fall asleep the second the first pitch is thrown (like the O’s, Royals, and Astros) and 10 being so exciting you can’t sleep after the game (like the Rays and Padres).
The Diamondbacks have a NERD Score of 9 -- Carson Cistulli’s reasoning is that "The Diamondbacks have made some very questionable moves of late, but remain young, athletic, and power-y." We also have good fielding and have a low payroll to help the score. We take a big hit in the bullpen department (shocking, I know) and in taking extra bases, but more than make up for it.
So be happy D’Backs fans. While we might not have the best team record-wise, at least we have an exciting team to watch. Plus, we have Justin Upton and Miguel Montero, and that always makes me feel better.