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 Chicago AL | 14:10 ET
Felix Hernandez (128.1 IP, 61 xFIP-, 4.8 WAR) faces Jose Quintana (104.2 IP, 88 xFIP-, 2.6 WAR). After his most recent appearance, the former has now produced the fifth-lowest park- and league-adjusted xFIP among qualified starters since 2002 (i.e. the earliest year for which that metric is available) — and the absolute lowest such mark since Randy Johnson recorded a 59 xFIP- with Arizona in 2004.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Seattle Radio.
Two Brief Notes
Periodic George Springer Status Update
Through 306 plate appearances, Houston rookie George Springer has recorded 17 home runs (including one yesterday, embedded below), a line of .242/.350/.477 (.361 BABIP), a 131 wRC+, and a 1.7 WAR.
Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features the actual same teams, at the actual same time, as today’s most highly rated game — 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.
|Miguel Gonzalez||BAL||1||6||4||2||6||BOS||Jon Lester||13:05|
|Ubaldo Jimenez||BAL||2||6||5||2||8||BOS||John Lackey||19:15|
|David Phelps||NYA||2||3||4||4||5||MIN||Yohan Pino*||14:10|
|Felix Hernandez||SEA||10||5||7||2||6||CHA||Jose Quintana||14:10|
|Andrew Heaney*||MIA||7||7||5||3||2||STL||Shelby Miller||14:15|
|David Buchanan||PHI||4||2||3||4||2||PIT||Edinson Volquez||16:05|
|Chris Archer||TB||6||6||5||4||5||DET||Anibal Sanchez||16:08|
|Mike Bolsinger||AZ||8||6||6||7||4||ATL||Aaron Harang||16:10|
|Dan Haren||LAN||4||5||4||9||2||COL||Jorge de la Rosa||16:10|
|Matt Garza||MIL||4||7||6||3||8||CIN||Homer Bailey||16:10|
|Jeremy Guthrie||KC||3||5||6||7||8||CLE||T.J. House||19:05|
|Tim Hudson||SF||5||5||4||3||4||SD||O. Despaigne*||19:15|
|Colby Lewis||TEX||3||4||4||3||5||NYN||Bartolo Colon||19:15|
|Scott Feldman||HOU||2||8||3||6||2||LAA||Hector Santiago||22:05|
|Mark Buehrle||TOR||4||7||6||7||6||OAK||Scott Kazmir||22:05|
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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