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
Atlanta at San Francisco | 22:15 ET
Gavin Floyd (7.0 IP, 82 xFIP-, 0.2 WAR) faces Tim Lincecum (35.2 IP, 89 xFIP-, 0.0 WAR). The former was effective against St. Louis last Tuesday in his return to the majors following Tommy John surgery and the subsequent rehab, recording a 5:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 52.6% ground-ball rate in 7.0 inning (box). With regard to the Braves and Giants as clubs, they represent two of the five teams in the National League currently with a greater than 50% chance of qualifying for the divisional series.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: San Francisco Radio or Television.
MLB.TV Free Game
Unknown at Unknown | ??:?? ET
The free game for Monday hadn’t been announced as of press time. Updates to follow, almost certainly maybe.
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.
|Rick Porcello||DET||7||5||5||3||3||BAL||Bud Norris||19:05|
|Bartolo Colon||NYN||5||2||5||4||5||NYA||Hiroki Kuroda||19:05|
|C.J. Wilson||LAA||4||10||5||7||4||TOR||Mark Buehrle||19:07|
|Travis Wood||CHN||5||5||6||3||7||STL||Tyler Lyons*||20:10|
|Colby Lewis||TEX||4||3||3||7||0||HOU||Brad Peacock||20:10|
|Jor. Zimmermann||WAS||9||5||6||5||3||AZ||Josh Collmenter||21:40|
|John Danks||CHA||1||3||4||5||7||OAK||Jesse Chavez||22:05|
|Tom Koehler||MIA||3||8||5||5||5||LAN||Dan Haren||22:10|
|Cesar Ramos||TB||0||7||4||4||8||SEA||Felix Hernandez||22:10|
|Gavin Floyd*||ATL||6||8||7||6||7||SF||Tim Lincecum||22:15|
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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