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 NL at Atlanta | 19:10 ET
Jeff Samardzija (50.0 IP, 94 xFIP-, 0.9 WAR) faces Ervin Santana (33.2 IP, 69 xFIP-, 0.8 WAR). A brief inspection of the present site’s leaderboard feature reveals not only that the former has definitely reached the 50-inning threshold this season, but so have 15 other pitchers already. “Like sands through the hour glass,” one is compelled to muse, “so are the games of the 2014 baseball season.”
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Chicago NL Television.
MLB.TV Free Game
Unknown at Unknown | ??:?? ET
Today’s free game hadn’t been announced as of press time. One can find the answer here eventually, however.
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.
|Tyler Skaggs||LAA||5||10||5||6||3||TOR||J.A. Happ*||13:07|
|Kyle Gibson||MIN||0||5||5||5||9||DET||Max Scherzer||13:08|
|Matt Cain||SF||5||7||6||5||8||LAN||Zack Greinke||16:10|
|Collin McHugh*||HOU||9||6||5||3||2||BAL||Mig. Gonzalez||19:05|
|Lance Lynn||STL||6||3||5||7||3||PIT||Edinson Volquez||19:05|
|Wade Miley||AZ||6||5||5||3||5||CHA||Jose Quintana||19:10|
|Jeff Samardzija||CHN||5||5||7||7||10||ATL||Ervin Santana||19:10|
|Zach McAllister||CLE||5||4||4||7||1||TB||Erik Bedard*||19:10|
|Jordan Lyles||COL||5||10||5||4||3||CIN||Alfredo Simon||19:10|
|CC Sabathia||NYA||8||5||6||5||5||MIL||Kyle Lohse||19:10|
|Kyle Kendrick||PHI||1||3||2||2||3||NYN||Dillon Gee||19:10|
|Jon Lester||BOS||8||2||6||3||5||TEX||Martin Perez||20:05|
|Nathan Eovaldi||MIA||10||8||6||3||3||SD||Eric Stults||20:40|
|Tanner Roark||WAS||5||6||5||4||6||OAK||Sonny Gray||21:05|
|Yordano Ventura||KC||10||3||5||4||0||SEA||Chris Young||21:10|
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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