NERD Game Scores for Saturday, June 28, 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.


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%.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Toronto Radio?

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.

Complete Schedule
Here’s the complete and very sortable table for all of today’s games. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from and also the rest of the internet.

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Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
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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Reports are circulating that todays third place game, BOS (Lester) v. NYA (Tanaka), will also feature the major-league debut of one MOOKIE BETTS. In light of that pertinent information, I believe that game may now occupy the top spot on the above leaderboard. If any individuals were to disagree with my assessment, I would have but one response: MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIE


Had to confirm this myself, but :


Middle infielder with a .400+ wOBA, way more BB than K, and stealing loads of bases at almost a 90% success rate, and only 21!!!

It’s like someone injecting Tim Raines’s DNA into Pedroia. I’m restraining myself.

No I’m not.


Steve Holt!!
Steve Holt!!

Sounds a bit like Jose Altuve to me. And he is mired in fourth place in ASG voting.