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 Milwaukee | 14:10 ET
Clayton Kershaw (128.1 IP, 51 xFIP-, 4.8 WAR) faces Jimmy Nelson (30.0 IP, 106 xFIP-, 0.3 WAR). Despite the fact that not only St. Louis and Pittsburgh — but also even Cincinnati — are all expected to produce higher win percentages over the remaining quarter-plus of the season, Milwaukee now possesses the highest odds of all NL Central clubs of winning that same division. This is due in no small part to how the Brewers have banked wins, as it were, in each of their last three games. Banking a fourth consecutive one will prove more difficult, on account of how they face leauge’s best starter on a per-inning basis.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Milwaukee Radio.
Two Brief Notes
Club Debut: Zach Walters for Cleveland
Infielder and apparently also outfielder Zach Walters, acquired by Cleveland in the trade that sent Asdrubal Cabrera to Washington, has been promoted to the majors and is expected to start in left field today.
Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Minnesota at Oakland, starts at 4:05pm 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. Note that the calculations both for team and game NERD scores have changed recently to better integrate playoff odds into same. Read more about those changes here, if you’re the sort of person accustomed to making poor life decisions.
|Carlos Carrasco||CLE||7||5||5||5||4||NYA||Hiroki Kuroda||13:05|
|David Price||DET||10||5||6||6||4||TOR||Mark Buehrle||13:07|
|Brad Hand||MIA||4||4||4||3||8||CIN||Johnny Cueto||13:10|
|Zack Wheeler||NYN||8||2||3||3||2||PHI||Kyle Kendrick||13:35|
|Tyson Ross||SD||9||3||6||9||4||PIT||Charlie Morton||13:35|
|Lance Lynn||STL||4||9||6||6||4||BAL||Kevin Gausman||13:35|
|Clayton Kershaw||LAN||10||4||7||10||6||MIL||Jimmy Nelson||14:10|
|Tim Lincecum||SF||6||9||7||7||3||KC||Danny Duffy||14:10|
|Nick Martinez||TEX||0||3||4||4||7||HOU||Dallas Keuchel||14:10|
|Alex Cobb||TB||7||4||4||3||2||CHN||Travis Wood||14:20|
|Rubby de la Rosa||BOS||5||2||5||9||2||LAA||Hector Santiago||15:35|
|Phil Hughes||MIN||10||3||6||5||6||OAK||Jason Hammel||16:05|
|John Danks||CHA||2||2||3||5||3||SEA||Erasmo Ramirez||16:10|
|Franklin Morales||COL||0||4||4||3||8||AZ||Wade Miley||16:10|
|Gio Gonzalez||WAS||7||5||6||6||7||ATL||Alex Wood||20:05|
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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