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
Toronto at Tampa Bay | 13:40 ET
R.A. Dickey (119.0 IP, 109 xFIP-, 0.9 WAR) faces David Price (139.2 IP, 69 xFIP-, 2.8 WAR). The former has recorded the second-fastest working pace among 95 qualified pitchers; the latter, the absolute slowest. To suggest that this observation constitutes grounds for a “stirring narrative,” however, would probably represent an instance of overstatement.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Toronto Radio.
Two Brief Notes
The Real Anderson to Pitch
Left-hander Brett Anderson, acquired by Colorado this offseason from Oakland and injured since mid-April, returns this afternoon to face Minnesota. He recorded an 8:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio against 37 batters over 9.1 innings for Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, starts at 1:10pm 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.
|John Danks||CHA||2||2||4||7||6||CLE||Trevor Bauer||13:05|
|Brad Hand*||MIA||4||8||6||3||7||NYN||Jacob deGrom||13:10|
|Francisco Liriano||PIT||7||5||7||2||8||CIN||Johnny Cueto||13:10|
|Tanner Roark||WAS||4||7||3||2||1||PHI||Kyle Kendrick||13:35|
|R.A. Dickey||TOR||9||5||9||6||10||TB||David Price||13:40|
|Clay Buchholz||BOS||2||2||3||8||3||HOU||Brad Peacock||14:10|
|Justin Verlander||DET||3||4||4||5||5||KC||Bruce Chen*||14:10|
|Carlos Martinez||STL||10||3||7||5||7||MIL||Wily Peralta||14:10|
|Julio Teheran||ATL||6||7||4||4||1||CHN||Travis Wood||14:20|
|Tyler Skaggs||LAA||7||7||6||4||5||TEX||Scott Baker*||15:05|
|Vidal Nuno||AZ||4||5||6||5||9||SF||M. Bumgarner||16:05|
|Phil Hughes||MIN||9||3||8||9||8||COL||Brett Anderson*||16:10|
|Sonny Gray||OAK||7||7||4||5||0||SEA||Chris Young||16:10|
|Tyson Ross||SD||8||4||6||5||6||LAN||Hyun-Jin Ryu||16:10|
|Chase Whitley||NYA||6||2||5||6||5||BAL||Kevin Gausman||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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