NERD Game Scores: David Price, Felix Hernandez Spectacular

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
Seattle at Detroit | 19:08 ET
Felix Hernandez (180.1 IP, 62 xFIP-, 6.2 WAR) faces David Price (185.1 IP, 71 xFIP-, 4.0 WAR). The former is the prohibitive favorite for this year’s Cy Young award, while the latter likely would be a reasonable candidate for that same distinction were Felix Hernandez not to exist. Their clubs, meanwhile, feature 26% and 58% odds, respectively, of qualifying for the divisional series. A “cavalcade of dramas,” then, is what this contest seems to be producing.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Detroit Radio.

Two Brief Notes
Home Run Watch
Cleveland prospect Zach Walters, acquired in the not very distant past from Washington in exchange for Asdrubal Cabrera, recorded his fifth home run of the season last night — this, in just 60 plate appearances. Here’s video footage of same:

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Kansas City at Minnesota, starts at 7:10pm 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 and also the rest of the internet. Note that the calculations both for team and game NERD scores have changed recently to better integrate playoff odds into same. Read more about those changes here, if you’re the sort of person accustomed to making poor life decisions.

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Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Kyle Kendrick PHI 2 2 4 7 5 SF Tim Hudson 16:05
Shane Greene NYA 7 3 5 5 5 TB Drew Smyly 16:10
Ubaldo Jimenez BAL 2 5 5 4 8 CLE Carlos Carrasco 19:05
Jeff Locke PIT 7 9 7 4 7 WAS Gio Gonzalez 19:05
Felix Hernandez SEA 10 7 9 9 10 DET David Price 19:08
Wade Miley AZ 8 3 5 4 7 MIA Hen’son Alvarez 19:10
Dan Straily CHN 5 3 3 2 4 NYN Jon Niese 19:10
Brad Peacock HOU 3 4 4 3 5 BOS Rubby de la Rosa 19:10
Yordano Ventura KC 10 10 8 3 9 MIN Phil Hughes 19:10
Sonny Gray OAK 6 7 7 6 7 ATL Julio Teheran 19:10
Mark Buehrle TOR 4 4 3 2 2 CHA John Danks 19:10
Jesse Hahn SD 6 3 5 8 3 STL Shelby Miller 19:15
Matt Shoemaker LAA 9 8 6 3 3 TEX Colby Lewis 20:05
Dylan Axelrod* CIN 4 3 4 4 4 COL Jordan Lyles 20:10
Yovani Gallardo MIL 4 10 7 4 10 LAN Clayton Kershaw 21:10

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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