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
New York AL at St. Louis | 16:15 ET
Chase Whitley (9.0 IP, 95 xFIP-, 0.3 WAR) faces Michael Wacha (60.1 IP, 81 xFIP-, 1.3 WAR). With regard to the latter, former and beloved contributor to these pages Mike Axisa — who, it should be said, knows from freaky — makes the following internet observation:
2013 Wacha vs. 2014 Wacha is kinda freaky: http://t.co/eHS1ODw1eM
— Mike Axisa (@mikeaxisa) May 25, 2014
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: St. Louis Radio.
Two Brief Notes
Regarding Buchholz, His Fastball Velocity
Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz produced an average fastball velocity of 90.2 mph over this first four starts. In his five most recent starts, that figure is over a mph faster. His xFIP over those first four starts: 3.44. His xFIP since: quite worse, actually.
Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game hadn’t been announced as of press time, but 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.
|Clay Buchholz||BOS||3||2||5||7||8||ATL||Ervin Santana||13:10|
|Bran. Cumpton*||PIT||6||7||6||3||7||NYN||Jacob Degrom*||13:10|
|Nathan Eovaldi||MIA||9||9||7||6||4||WAS||Tanner Roark||13:35|
|Chris Tillman||BAL||3||4||4||5||5||MIL||Kyle Lohse||14:10|
|Josh Tomlin*||CLE||5||5||5||3||6||CHA||Jose Quintana||14:10|
|Nick Tepesch*||TEX||6||2||3||4||0||MIN||Kevin Correia||14:10|
|Jeff Samardzija||CHN||6||5||6||6||6||SF||Yusmeiro Petit*||16:05|
|Drew Smyly||DET||5||5||4||5||1||OAK||Tommy Milone||16:05|
|Tyler Skaggs||LAA||6||9||4||4||0||SEA||Chris Young||16:10|
|Chase Whitley*||NYA||8||5||8||3||10||STL||Michael Wacha||16:15|
|Jhoulys Chacin||COL||1||8||2||2||2||PHI||Kyle Kendrick||17:05|
|Erik Bedard||TB||0||5||4||7||7||TOR||Drew Hutchison||19:07|
|Johnny Cueto||CIN||9||3||7||6||6||LAN||Hyun-Jin Ryu||20:10|
|Scott Feldman||HOU||1||7||5||3||10||KC||Yordano Ventura||20:10|
|Tyson Ross||SD||7||6||7||5||9||AZ||Brandon McCarthy||20:10|
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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