NERD Game Scores for Saturday, June 21, 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.

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Most Highly Rated Game
Boston at Oakland | 16:05 ET
Rubby de la Rosa (25.1 IP, 76 xFIP-, 0.4 WAR) faces Jesse Chavez (86.0 IP, 89 xFIP-, 1.4 WAR). The former has been excellent over four starts for the Red Sox — those starts, incidentally, representing the first he’s made at the major-league level since 2011. Among the pitchers who have recorded 20-plus innings as a starter, de la Rosa’s park-adjusted xFIP (76 xFIP-), swinging-strike rate (11.2%), and average fastball velocity (94.4 mph) are all more than a standard deviation better than the mean.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Boston Radio.

Two Brief Notes
Regarding Jake Buchanan, Who That Is
Right-hander Jake Buchanan makes his major-league debut tonight for the Astros. Here’s who he is: a former eighth-round selection (2010) out of North Carolina State. Here’s one thing he’s done: mostly produced ground-ball rates between 50% and 60% at the minor-league level, according to StatCorner.

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features the Dodgers and Padres, starts at 10:10pm 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 MLB.com and also the rest of the internet.

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Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Bud Norris BAL 3 4 4 4 5 NYA Vidal Nuno 13:05
Andre Rienzo CHA 4 2 3 4 1 MIN Kevin Correia 14:10
Chris Young SEA 0 4 3 5 4 KC Jason Vargas 14:10
Rubby de la Rosa BOS 10 2 8 7 7 OAK Jesse Chavez 16:05
Jake Buchanan* HOU 6 6 6 6 7 TB Jake Odorizzi 16:10
Wily Peralta MIL 7 7 7 9 5 COL Christian Friedrich* 16:10
Jacob deGrom NYN 5 2 4 7 3 MIA Tom Koehler 16:10
Cole Hamels PHI 7 0 5 3 6 STL Adam Wainwright 16:10
J.A. Happ TOR 3 7 5 3 6 CIN Mike Leake 16:10
Julio Teheran ATL 6 7 6 8 5 WAS Doug Fister 19:15
Justin Verlander DET 2 4 5 5 8 CLE Trevor Bauer 19:15
Vance Worley* PIT 6 5 4 5 2 CHN Travis Wood 19:15
Nick Martinez TEX 0 3 2 6 3 LAA Jered Weaver 22:05
Josh Beckett LAN 5 6 6 4 7 SD Tyson Ross 22:10
Ryan Vogelsong SF 2 7 6 6 9 AZ Brandon McCarthy 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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3 Responses to “NERD Game Scores for Saturday, June 21, 2014”

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  1. tz says:

    So Rubby has officially EARNED his 10 NERD score (not just from the discretion of Le VHA).

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  2. mherr says:

    “Rubby de la Rosa (25.1 IP, 76 xFIP-, 0.4 WAR) faces Jesse Chavez (86.0 IP, 89 xFIP-, 1.4 WAR). The latter has been excellent over four starts for the Red Sox — those starts, incidentally, representing the first he’s made at the major-league level since 2011.”

    As I read this, “The latter” should read “The former”.

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