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
Los Angeles NL at Washington | 19:05 ET
Zack Greinke (35.1 IP, 56 xFIP-, 0.5 WAR) faces Jordan Zimmermann (33.0 IP, 81 xFIP-, 0.6 WAR). One notes, in addition to the particularly compelling pitching matchup, that the visiting club here currently features no fewer than four field players who’ve recorded a win or more — which is probably the highest number on any single team, were one to examine the matter in more depth.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Washington Radio.
MLB.TV Free Game
St. Louis at Atlanta | 19:10 ET
Shelby Miller (34.1 IP, 132 xFIP-, -0.6 WAR) faces Aaron Harang (36.1 IP, 103 xFIP-, 0.7 WAR). Only once this season, in six starts, has the former recorded a single-game xFIP below 4.00 — notable, that, on account of he recorded a full-season xFIP below 4.00 last season. As the image below reveals, however, the problem does not appear to have been caused by any decrease in velocity — a thing that’s good and bad at the same time, probably.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: St. Louis Radio.
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.
|Zack Greinke||LAN||9||5||8||6||9||WAS||Jor. Zimmermann||19:05|
|Kyle Gibson||MIN||1||5||4||5||5||CLE||Zach McAllister||19:05|
|Jake Dunning*||SF||5||7||6||8||5||PIT||Jeff Locke*||19:05|
|J.A. Happ*||TOR||4||6||3||3||2||PHI||Kyle Kendrick||19:05|
|Jarred Cosart||HOU||5||6||7||4||9||DET||Max Scherzer||19:08|
|Jon Niese||NYN||5||2||7||9||10||MIA||Nathan Eovaldi||19:10|
|Shelby Miller||STL||2||3||4||8||4||ATL||Aaron Harang||19:10|
|Jose Quintana||CHA||6||3||5||4||5||CHN||Jeff Samardzija||20:05|
|Michael Bolsinger*||AZ||8||4||6||6||5||MIL||Matt Garza||20:10|
|Martin Perez||TEX||5||2||5||9||4||COL||Jordan Lyles||20:40|
|David Phelps*||NYA||5||6||5||10||2||LAA||Jered Weaver||22:05|
|Chris Young||SEA||0||4||3||4||6||OAK||Scott Kazmir||22:05|
|Yordano Ventura||KC||10||2||5||4||2||SD||Eric Stults||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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