NERD Game Scores for Monday, June 16, 2014

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
Milwaukee at Arizona | 21:40 ET
Wily Peralta (80.2 IP, 94 xFIP-, 0.7 WAR) faces Brandon McCarthy (85.0 IP, 76 xFIP-, 0.7 WAR). The latter, as the table below illustrates, has produced the largest difference between park-adjusted ERA and xFIP among the league’s 99 qualified starters — an indication, very probably, that Brandon McCarthy will prevent runs more effectively in the near future than he has in the not very distant past.

# Name Team IP ERA- xFIP- Diff
1 Brandon McCarthy D-backs 85.0 138 76 62
2 Eric Stults Padres 70.0 166 118 48
3 Tim Lincecum Giants 76.2 139 96 43
4 Ricky Nolasco Twins 84.1 144 105 39
5 David Price Rays 107.2 105 68 37

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Milwaukee Radio.

Two Brief Notes
Regarding Carlos Martinez, How He’s Starting
St. Louis right-hander Carlos Martinez is scheduled to make his second-ever major-league start tonight — in this case at home versus the New York Nationals. Despite his capacity to throw quite hard and the general enthusiasm for his future, Martinez has produced only league-average numbers this year — which, for a reliever, are actually below-average numbers.

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features the Los Angeles Americans and Cleveland, starts at 7:05pm ET, and can be accessed by means of this hyperlinked text.

Complete Schedule
Here’s the complete and very sortable table for all of today’s games. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from and also the rest of the internet.

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Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Jered Weaver LAA 2 7 5 5 8 CLE Trevor Bauer 19:05
Jason Vargas KC 4 5 3 4 2 DET Justin Verlander 19:08
Wei-Yin Chen BAL 6 4 6 5 7 TB Jake Odorizzi 19:10
Jason Hammel CHN 6 5 5 7 2 MIA Tom Koehler 19:10
Kevin Correia MIN 1 5 5 3 10 BOS Ru. de la Rosa* 19:10
Cole Hamels PHI 7 2 6 7 6 ATL Julio Teheran 19:10
Jacob deGrom NYN 5 2 5 4 6 STL Carlos Martinez* 20:10
Wily Peralta MIL 7 6 8 6 9 AZ Br’don McCarthy 21:40
Colby Lewis TEX 2 3 3 6 4 OAK Drew Pomeranz 22:05
Tyler Matzek* COL 7 9 7 7 5 LAN Hyun-Jin Ryu 22:10
Tyson Ross SD 8 5 4 4 0 SEA Chris Young 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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2 years 12 days ago

Welcome back!

2 years 12 days ago

In what Division would one find the “New York Nationals”

Spencer Jones
Spencer Jones
2 years 12 days ago

The nl east, it references the mets, the national league new yorkteam.

2 years 12 days ago

Right. Obviously, if he starts talking about the Washington Americans, he’ll be referencing the Mariners.

2 years 12 days ago

You see, its funny and clever because everyone else knows them as the New York Mets but Carson calls them by something different. He’s very unique and quirky.