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
St. Louis at Pittsburgh | 19:05 ET
Michael Wacha (42.1 IP, 82 xFIP-, 0.9 WAR) faces Francisco Liriano (37.2 IP, 98 xFIP-, 0.2 WAR). The former has improved upon both the (average-ish) zone and (above-average) swinging-strike rates he recorded last year in about a third of a season’s worth of starts. Of note with regard to Pittsburgh is the performance thus far of Pedro Alvarez. After four consecutive seasons of having recorded strikeout rates between 30% and 31%, the very powerful third baseman has posted just a 21.1% mark in a ca. 150 plate appearances — including walk and strikeout rates of 13.8% and 10.3%, respectively, over the past week.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: St. Louis Radio.
MLB.TV Free Game
Unknown at Unknown | ??:?? ET
Today’s free game hadn’t been announced as of the time at which the sloth-ridden author finished composing the present post. Updates may or may not follow, depending on the strength of said author’s weakness.
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.
|Scott Feldman||HOU||0||6||3||3||5||BAL||Wei-Yin Chen||19:05|
|Michael Wacha||STL||10||3||8||7||7||PIT||Francisco Liriano||19:05|
|Garrett Richards||LAA||7||10||5||6||0||TOR||Dustin McGowan||19:07|
|Phil Hughes||MIN||7||5||5||5||4||DET||Justin Verlander||19:08|
|Corey Kluber||CLE||8||4||6||7||4||TB||Jake Odorizzi||19:10|
|Jhoulys Chacin*||COL||4||10||7||4||9||CIN||Johnny Cueto||19:10|
|R. Hernandez||PHI||5||3||5||2||6||NYN||Jenrry Mejia||19:10|
|Jason Hammel||CHN||5||5||5||7||5||ATL||Julio Teheran||19:35|
|Clay Buchholz||BOS||3||2||4||3||5||TEX||Yu Darvish||20:05|
|Brandon McCarthy||AZ||9||5||6||3||3||CHA||Andre Rienzo*||20:10|
|Masahiro Tanaka||NYA||10||5||6||5||2||MIL||Yovani Gallardo||20:10|
|Doug Fister*||WAS||8||6||5||4||1||OAK||Tommy Milone||22:05|
|Jason Vargas||KC||3||3||4||4||5||SEA||Brandon Maurer*||22:10|
|Jose Fernandez||MIA||10||8||7||3||6||SD||Tyson Ross||22:10|
|M. Bumgarner||SF||7||7||4||5||0||LAN||Paul Maholm||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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