NERD Game Scores for Sunday, July 6, 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.

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Most Highly Rated Game
Arizona at Atlanta | 13:35 ET
Wade Miley (113.1 IP, 90 xFIP-, 0.8 WAR) faces Alex Wood (73.1 IP, 80 xFIP-, 1.0 WAR). In addition to having recorded an above-average park-adjusted xFIP (90 xFIP-) and swinging-strike rate (9.8%) and overall strike rate (64.7%) relative to his starting peers, the former has also produced the third-fastest working rate (just 18.8 seconds between pitches, on average) among the 193 pitchers to’ve thrown 20-plus innings in a starting capacity. This isn’t to ignore Alex Wood’s virtues, of course — which pitcher (i.e. Wood) has also produced a working pace (20.1 sec) more than a standard deviation better than average while also recording a 82 xFIP- as a starter this season.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Atlanta Radio.

Two Brief Notes
Regarding Taijuan Walker, How He’s Starting Today
Right-handed Seattle prospect Taijuan Walker was entirely proficient (6.0 IP, 3.04 xFIP) in his season debut at Houston last Monday (box) — which debut Jeff Sullivan considered in some depth the following day. He makes his second appearance of the season today in Chicago, against the White Sox, at 2:10pm ET.

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features the actual same teams, at the actual same time, as today’s most highly rated game — 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 MLB.com and also the rest of the internet.

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Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Danny Duffy KC 2 5 6 6 9 CLE Corey Kluber 13:05
Yovani Gallardo MIL 3 6 4 3 4 CIN Mat Latos 13:10
Nick Tepesch TEX 2 4 5 3 8 NYN Zack Wheeler 13:10
Wade Miley AZ 8 6 8 7 9 ATL Alex Wood 13:35
Kevin Gausman BAL 4 6 3 3 2 BOS Jake Peavy 13:35
Jake Arrieta CHN 8 4 8 7 9 WAS J. Zimmermann 13:35
A.J. Burnett PHI 2 2 4 4 7 PIT Jeff Locke 13:35
Hiroki Kuroda NYA 4 3 4 3 5 MIN Ricky Nolasco 14:10
Taijuan Walker* SEA 9 5 6 2 4 CHA Hector Noesi 14:10
Hend’son Alvarez MIA 7 7 5 3 4 STL Marco Gonzales* 14:15
Collin McHugh HOU 6 8 7 7 8 LAA Garrett Richards 15:35
Drew Hutchison TOR 6 7 7 7 7 OAK Jeff Samardzija 16:05
Josh Beckett LAN 5 5 6 9 5 COL Yohan Flande* 16:10
Tim Lincecum SF 5 5 6 3 9 SD Jesse Hahn 16:10
David Price TB 10 7 7 4 5 DET Rick Porcello 20:00

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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