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
Washington at Philadelphia | 19:05 ET
Stephen Strasburg (34.0 IP, 55 xFIP-, 1.0 WAR) faces Cliff Lee (41.0 IP, 66 xFIP-, 1.3 WAR) — which pairing the reader will recognize as one of the league’s most compelling possible ones. A brief inspection of the former’s player profile reveals that the Strasburg has actually conceded about twice as many runs as his defense-independent numbers would suggest. Said player profile also reveals that Strasburg has produced a 31.0% swinging-strike rate by means of his changeup thus far — greater than twice the typical league average for that pitch.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Washington Radio.
MLB.TV Free Game
Milwaukee at Cincinnati | 19:10 ET
Wily Peralta (31.2 IP, 89 xFIP-, 0.1 WAR) faces Mike Leake (35.1 IP, 99 xFIP-, -0.1 WAR). According to the current playoff odds, the visiting club appears to have a nearly a 50% chance of qualifying for the divisional series — higher, one guesses, than their preseason projections would have suggested.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Milwaukee Radio.
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.
|Adam Wainwright||STL||5||2||5||5||5||CHN||Travis Wood||14:20|
|John Danks||CHA||1||4||4||5||7||CLE||Danny Salazar||19:05|
|David Price||TB||9||7||7||5||6||NYA||Vidal Nuno*||19:05|
|Brandon Morrow||TOR||4||6||6||8||8||PIT||Gerrit Cole||19:05|
|Stephen Strasburg||WAS||10||6||9||2||10||PHI||Cliff Lee||19:05|
|Josh Beckett||LAN||4||5||4||8||2||MIA||Tom Koehler||19:10|
|Wily Peralta||MIL||7||6||6||4||5||CIN||Mike Leake||19:10|
|Dan Straily||OAK||7||5||5||2||4||BOS||Clay Buchholz||19:10|
|Tim Lincecum||SF||7||7||7||8||7||ATL||Mike Minor*||19:35|
|Ubaldo Jimenez||BAL||1||4||2||5||2||MIN||Ricky Nolasco||20:10|
|Rick Porcello||DET||8||3||6||3||6||KC||James Shields||20:10|
|Felix Hernandez||SEA||9||5||6||6||3||HOU||Brad Peacock*||20:10|
|Zack Wheeler||NYN||8||2||6||8||4||COL||Jorge de la Rosa||20:40|
|Colby Lewis*||TEX||8||2||5||10||0||LAA||Hector Santiago||22:05|
|Bronson Arroyo||AZ||1||4||4||3||8||SD||Andrew Cashner||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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