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
Chicago AL at Toronto | 13:07 ET
Chris Sale (71.1 IP, 71 xFIP-, 2.3 WAR) faces Marcus Stroman (36.0 IP, 93 xFIP-, 0.5 WAR). With regard to the former, Jeff Sullivan recently noted within these pages that, in an attempt to decease the risk of injury, that Sale has made an effort to throw his changeup more often, his slider less. Indeed, one finds that, over the three starts Sale has recorded since Sullivan’s piece, that the left-hander has thrown his changeup almost precisely a third of the time. By way of comparison, his changeup usage in 2013 was over 10 percentage points less than that. His slider usage over those three starts, meanwhile, is much lower than in 2013: 13% vs. 29%.
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Two Brief Notes
Regarding Blake Treinen, One of His Accomplishments
Some potentially, but not definitely, flawed calculations performed by the author earlier this week suggest that Washington right-hander Blake Treinen‘s WAR projection has improved more considerably on a rate basis than probably every other pitcher likely to throw a major-league inning this year. Treinen starts the second game of the Nationals’ doubleheader with the Cubs.
Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features the Chicago Americans at Toronto, starts at 1:07pm 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.
|Gio Gonzalez||WAS||5||8||6||4||6||CHN||Dallas Beeler*||13:05|
|Blake Treinen||WAS||4||8||6||4||7||CHN||Jeff Samardzija||19:15|
|Chris Sale||CHA||10||2||8||7||9||TOR||Marcus Stroman||13:07|
|Ervin Santana||ATL||8||6||4||1||1||PHI||Rob. Hernandez||14:05|
|David Hale||ATL||2||6||3||1||3||PHI||Sean O’Sullivan*||19:15|
|Hector Santiago||LAA||2||6||6||5||10||KC||Yordano Ventura||14:10|
|Phil Hughes||MIN||8||3||6||3||6||TEX||Yu Darvish||16:05|
|Jon Niese||NYN||4||2||5||4||8||PIT||Gerrit Cole||16:05|
|Erik Bedard||TB||1||5||4||5||5||BAL||Wei-Yin Chen||16:05|
|Jhoulys Chacin||COL||2||10||4||6||4||MIL||Matt Garza||16:10|
|Max Scherzer||DET||7||4||6||6||5||HOU||Brett Oberholtzer||16:10|
|Sonny Gray||OAK||7||7||8||8||8||MIA||Nathan Eovaldi||16:10|
|Jon Lester||BOS||7||3||7||3||10||NYA||Masahiro Tanaka||19:15|
|Lance Lynn||STL||5||3||6||5||7||LAN||Zack Greinke||19:15|
|Alfredo Simon||CIN||5||4||5||6||4||SF||Matt Cain||22:05|
|Josh Collmenter||AZ||2||6||4||4||4||SD||Eric Stults||22:10|
|Josh Tomlin||CLE||6||6||6||5||6||SEA||Roenis Elias||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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