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 Colorado | 20:40 ET
Hyun-Jin Ryu (58.1 IP, 86 xFIP-, 1.5 WAR) faces Eddie Butler (68.2 IP, 14.1% K, 6.7% BB at Double-A). The latter was ranked first among Rockies prospects this preseason by Marc Hulet and 15th among all prospects everywhere by that same polite Canadian. One finds that he (i.e. Butler, not Marc Hulet) has produced less than elite fielding-independent numbers this season at Double-A Tulsa. Even so, praise for his fastball — both its velocity and movement — is ubiquitous.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Colorado Radio.
Three Brief Notes
Regarding Eddie Butler, An Example Also of His Changeup
Here’s footage from last year’s Futures Game of Butler striking out now actual major-leaguer Xander Bogaerts by means of an excellent 90-mph changeup — which pitch may or may not provoke mystical experience:
Regarding Other Young Pitchers, How They’re Also Starting Today
It would be fair to suggest that there is a panoply of young and talented pitchers also making starts tonight, including but not limited to Trevor Bauer (22.1 IP, 81 xFIP-), Rubby de la Rosa (7.0 IP, 37 xFIP-), Marcus Stroman (12.1 IP, 78 xFIP-), and Chase Whitley (19.0 IP, 95 xFIP-).
Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Milwaukee and Pittsburgh, starts at 7:05pm 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.
|Nathan Eovaldi||MIA||9||8||7||5||6||CHN||Jason Hammel||16:05|
|Kyle Lohse||MIL||6||7||6||5||6||PIT||Bran. Cumpton||19:05|
|Tommy Milone||OAK||1||7||4||4||6||BAL||Wei-Yin Chen||19:05|
|Lance Lynn||STL||4||4||7||7||10||TOR||Marcus Stroman*||19:07|
|Rubby de la Rosa*||BOS||10||3||6||4||4||DET||Drew Smyly||19:08|
|Cole Hamels||PHI||6||2||6||3||8||CIN||Johnny Cueto||19:10|
|Chris Young||SEA||0||4||1||5||0||TB||Erik Bedard||19:10|
|Trevor Bauer||CLE||10||4||7||3||6||TEX||Yu Darvish||20:05|
|Dallas Keuchel||HOU||8||6||7||4||7||MIN||Phil Hughes||20:10|
|Chase Whitley*||NYA||8||3||5||4||2||KC||Jeremy Guthrie||20:10|
|Hyun-Jin Ryu||LAN||7||6||8||10||10||COL||Eddie Butler*||20:40|
|Julio Teheran||ATL||5||7||7||6||9||AZ||Bran. McCarthy||21:40|
|Andre Rienzo||CHA||4||2||3||7||2||LAA||Jered Weaver||22:05|
|Tanner Roark||WAS||4||7||6||5||7||SD||Tyson Ross||22:10|
|Jon Niese||NYN||5||2||4||7||3||SF||Matt Cain||22:15|
To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.