NERD Game Scores: Concerning a Middle-Western Spectacle

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.

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Most Highly Rated Game
Cleveland at Kansas City | 19:10 ET
Josh Tomlin (81.1 IP, 81 xFIP-, 0.8 WAR) faces Yordano Ventura (107.2 IP, 95 xFIP-, 1.5 WAR). The latter has recorded the highest average fastball velocity (96.8 mph) among all qualified pitchers while also throwing strikes and preventing runs at a slightly above-average rate. The former has somehow improved upon his previously established strikeout rates by about 50% while also — despite conspicuously modest armspeed — while also producing the same exact park-adjusted xFIP as considerably more celebrated starters Madison Bumgarner and Max Scherzer.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Cleveland Radio.

Two Brief Notes
Regarding Another Game That’s Probably Notable
The NERD formula, because it was designed by an imbecile, doesn’t account for the likely added intrigue provided by those games played between divisional rivals with reasonable playoff aspirations. Tonight’s contest between the Dodgers and Giants is that sort of game, however. It begins at 10:15pm ET.

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features St. Louis at the Chicago Nationals, starts at 4:05pm 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 MLB.com and also the rest of the internet.

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Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Joe Kelly STL 5 3 3 5 1 CHN Travis Wood 16:05
Wade Miley AZ 9 5 5 2 2 PHI Kyle Kendrick 19:05
Homer Bailey CIN 7 2 5 2 4 NYA Hiroki Kuroda 19:05
Jon Lester BOS 7 3 7 8 9 TB David Price 19:10
Tanner Roark WAS 5 8 5 2 5 CIN Alfredo Simon 19:10
Jesse Hahn SD 8 4 7 7 8 ATL Alex Wood 19:35
Jason Hammel OAK 7 8 6 4 4 TEX Jerome Williams* 20:05
John Danks CHA 2 2 2 4 0 MIN Kevin Correia 20:10
Josh Tomlin CLE 8 7 8 4 10 KC Yo. Ventura 20:10
Brad Hand MIA 4 7 6 8 7 HOU Dallas Keuchel 20:10
Zack Wheeler NYN 8 2 5 6 3 MIL Yovani Gallardo 20:10
Charlie Morton PIT 4 5 5 8 5 COL Brett Anderson 20:40
Drew Smyly DET 4 4 5 6 7 LAA Tyler Skaggs 22:05
Kevin Gausman BAL 5 6 7 4 10 SEA Felix Hernandez 22:10
Zack Greinke LAN 8 5 6 6 5 SF Tim Lincecum 22:15

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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Sufferin Succotash
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Sufferin Succotash
1 year 11 months ago

Yo Ventura! Finkle is Einhorn.

#KeepNotGraphs

James
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James
1 year 11 months ago

CIN at NYA and WAS at CIN?

Should be TOR at NYA. Buehrle!

Jim
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Jim
1 year 11 months ago

FYI – The Yanks are playing the Jays tonight, not the Reds. Always forgetting bout them Jays.

E-bone
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E-bone
1 year 11 months ago

It’s Big Buehrle Vs the Big Hirok tonight, hot stuff

Jim
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Jim
1 year 11 months ago

And thus, it should be the NERD game of the night. Just sayin.

Kris
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Kris
1 year 11 months ago

This mess looks like it was created by someone who doesn’t understand that enjoyment is an exponential function not a linear one.

#GleefullyRakeHimOverTheCoals

TurnYourCrankToFrank
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TurnYourCrankToFrank
1 year 11 months ago

For a moment, I got terribly excited at the idea that the Jays traded for Homer Bailey.

MDL
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MDL
1 year 11 months ago

How does Jon Lester only have a NERD score of 7? Better numbers across the board than, say, Wade Miley but still a lower score.

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