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
Pittsburgh at Detroit | 13:08 ET
Francisco Liriano (108.1 IP, 93 xFIP-, 0.9 WAR) faces Max Scherzer (161.0 IP, 81 xFIP-, 4.2 WAR). No team faces less certainty with regard to the postseason at the moment than Pittsburgh, which club currently possesses a 48% chance of qualifying for the divisional series according to the methodology used by FanGraphs — a figure, that, which necessarily indicates they have 52% chance of not qualifying for it, as well. The addition of sexy retroactive playoff odds, meanwhile, allows one to note that following their win and also the Royals’ win last night, that the Tigers’ playoff odds shifted from 70.9% yesterday to… well, actually still 70.9% today. Bad example, that. But takes nothing away from the innate sexual appeal of retroactive playoff odds.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Detroit Radio.
Three Brief Notes
Debut Alert: Washington’s Michael Taylor
Noted imbecile Carson Cistulli neglected to note when it occurred that the Washington Nationals had promoted very promising and young outfielder Michael Taylor to the parent club. Recognized for his power and speed and defensive acumen, the 23-year-old had also recorded some promising plate-discipline figures of late.
Other Debut Alert: Texas’s Alex Claudio
Hours after appearing in this week’s edition of the Fringe Five, left-handed Texas half-prospect Alexander Claudio was promoted to the Rangers and made his major-league debut, throwing his remarkable changeup while so doing.
Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Oakland at Kansas City, starts at 2:10pm 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. 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.
|Rob. Hernandez||LAN||1||4||4||6||3||ATL||Aaron Harang||12:10|
|Francisco Liriano||PIT||7||10||8||7||8||DET||Max Scherzer||13:08|
|Jeff Samardzija||OAK||7||6||7||9||6||KC||James Shields||14:10|
|Mike Fiers*||MIL||7||10||6||3||5||CHN||Edwin Jackson||14:20|
|Chase Anderson||AZ||5||3||4||4||2||MIA||Brad Penny*||19:10|
|Scott Feldman||HOU||1||4||3||3||4||BOS||Allen Webster*||19:10|
|St. Strasburg||WAS||10||5||5||2||3||NYN||Dillon Gee||19:10|
|Jake Odorizzi||TB||7||4||4||3||5||TEX||Robbie Ross||20:05|
|Eric Stults||SD||4||3||6||9||7||STL||John Lackey||20:15|
|Alfredo Simon||CIN||4||3||3||4||2||COL||Jorge de la Rosa||20:40|
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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