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.
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.
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.
|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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