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
Los Angeles NL at St. Louis | 20:05 ET
Clayton Kershaw (96.1 IP, 46 xFIP-, 3.7 WAR) faces Carlos Martinez (63.0 IP, 100 xFIP-, 0.4 WAR). One will recognize the former as the pitcher to have produced the entirely best park-adjusted xFIP among all starters this season — a figure, his 46 xFIP-, that would represent the best such mark by a qualified starter since 2002 (i.e. as far back as that particular metric is available). Kershaw’s start at St. Louis’s Busch appears likely to be one of only two opportunities this whole season to observe the left-hander pitching in front of a straight-on center-field camera.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: St. Louis Radio.
An Additional and Brief Note
Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Colorado at Pittsburgh, starts at 1:35pm ET, and can be accessed by means of this hyperlinked text.
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.
|Johnny Cueto||CIN||8||3||5||3||3||NYA||Hiroki Kuroda||13:05|
|Nick Tepesch||TEX||2||4||3||5||4||TOR||Mark Buehrle||13:07|
|Josh Tomlin||CLE||8||7||6||4||4||DET||Drew Smyly||13:08|
|Tim Lincecum||SF||5||6||5||8||3||MIA||Brad Hand||13:10|
|Tyler Matzek||COL||4||8||6||5||8||PIT||Jeff Locke||13:35|
|Yordano Ventura||KC||10||5||7||2||7||BOS||Jon Lester||13:35|
|Yovani Gallardo||MIL||3||6||5||7||6||WAS||Gio Gonzalez||13:35|
|Kyle Kendrick||PHI||2||2||5||7||7||ATL||Alex Wood||13:35|
|Jarred Cosart||HOU||4||8||4||2||2||CHA||John Danks||14:10|
|Chris Archer||TB||6||7||4||4||0||MIN||Kevin Correia||14:10|
|Chris Young||SEA||0||5||4||6||7||LAA||Tyler Skaggs||15:35|
|Kevin Gausman||BAL||5||6||6||7||7||OAK||Sonny Gray||16:05|
|Jake Arrieta||CHN||8||5||5||5||2||AZ||Josh Collmenter||16:10|
|Zack Wheeler||NYN||8||2||5||4||2||SD||O. Despaigne||16:10|
|Clayton Kershaw||LAN||10||5||9||3||10||STL||Carlos Martinez||20:05|
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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