NERD Game Scores: Consummate Pitching Afoot in Cleveland

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
Seattle at Cleveland | 19:05 ET
Felix Hernandez (158.1 IP, 62 xFIP-, 5.6 WAR) faces Corey Kluber (149.1 IP, 72 xFIP-, 4.3 WAR). The pair rank first and third, respectively, among all pitchers by WAR this season — the former on the strength largely of the league’s most valuable changeup by linear-weight runs; the latter, owing to a cutter and curveball which both rank among the top three in the league by runs according to their respective pitch type.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Cleveland Radio.

Two Brief Notes
Ongoing Coverage of Billy Burns
It is likely, owing to how Oakland faces Houston left-hander Dallas Keuchel, that outfield prospect Billy Burns will start for the A’s tonight. Burns, for the second consecutive season, has distinguished himself as the best (or nearly best) basestealer in all the minor leagues.

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game hadn’t been announced as of press time, but 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
Yovani Gallardo MIL 4 6 7 7 10 TB David Price 12:10
Kyle Kendrick PHI 2 3 4 2 8 NYN Zack Wheeler 12:10
Wade Miley AZ 8 5 6 2 5 CIN Alfredo Simon 12:35
Tanner Roark WAS 5 7 5 7 4 MIA Brad Hand 12:40
Jason Hammel OAK 6 8 7 9 8 HOU Dallas Keuchel 14:10
Charlie Morton PIT 4 5 5 5 6 SF Tim Lincecum 15:45
Garrett Richards LAA 9 6 7 6 5 BAL Kevin Gausman 19:05
Felix Hernandez SEA 10 4 9 8 9 CLE Corey Kluber 19:05
Hector Noesi CHA 4 2 5 3 8 DET Max Scherzer 19:08
Mark Buehrle TOR 4 6 4 3 3 BOS Bran’on Workman 19:10
Brett Anderson COL 4 8 4 6 1 CHN Travis Wood 20:05
Hiroki Kuroda NYA 3 2 3 3 3 TEX Colby Lewis 20:05
Phil Hughes MIN 9 4 6 4 4 KC Danny Duffy 20:10
Alex Wood ATL 8 7 8 5 8 LAN Zack Greinke 22:10
Joe Kelly STL 4 3 5 4 8 SD Jesse Hahn 22:10

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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I’d be honored to catch either Felix or Kluber.

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