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
Atlanta at Miami | 13:10 ET
Aaron Harang (65.2 IP, 85 xFIP-, 2.0 WAR) faces Nathan Eovaldi (67.0 IP, 95 xFIP-, 1.0 WAR). In addition to having recorded the second-highest average fastball velocity among 101 qualified pitchers (tied with Garrett Richards behind Yordano Ventura), the latter has also recorded above-average walk and ground-ball rates. Indeed, Eovaldi is the only qualifier to have produced thus far an average fastball velocity of 95 mph or higher and a walk rate of 2.0 BB/9 or lower.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Atlanta Radio.
Three Brief Notes
Regarding Yu Darvish’s Low-ish NERD Score, The Reason for It
Despite having recorded a park-adjusted xFIP about one standard deviation better than the mean produced by the ca. 170 pitchers to have thrown at least 20 innings as a starter, right-hander Yu Darvish has produced relatively average swinging-strike and overall strike rates — and one of the absolutely slowest paces — among that same group.
Regarding Garin Cecchini, How He Might Debut Today
Boston third-base prospect Garin Cecchini will be recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket before Sunday’s game, according to the internet. He ranks among baseball’s best prospects by projected WAR.
Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Colorado at Cleveland, starts at 1:05pm 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.
|Jhoulys Chacin||COL||2||8||4||5||4||CLE||Josh Tomlin||13:05|
|Phil Hughes||MIN||7||4||6||5||6||NYA||Chase Whitley*||13:05|
|Jeremy Guthrie||KC||2||3||4||8||4||TOR||Mark Buehrle||13:07|
|Aaron Harang||ATL||7||7||8||8||9||MIA||Nathan Eovaldi||13:10|
|Jon Niese||NYN||4||2||5||2||7||PHI||Cole Hamels||13:35|
|Erik Bedard||TB||0||6||4||2||8||BOS||Jon Lester||13:35|
|Yu Darvish||TEX||6||2||5||6||4||WAS||Tanner Roark||13:35|
|Wei-Yin Chen||BAL||6||4||4||7||1||HOU||Scott Feldman||14:10|
|Jeff Samardzija||CHN||7||5||6||5||6||MIL||Kyle Lohse||14:10|
|Eric Stults||SD||3||6||6||3||10||CHA||Chris Sale||14:10|
|Tim Hudson||SF||6||6||5||3||5||STL||Lance Lynn||14:15|
|Jered Weaver||LAA||3||9||5||6||6||OAK||Sonny Gray||16:05|
|Alfredo Simon||CIN||4||3||5||5||7||AZ||Wade Miley||16:10|
|Max Scherzer||DET||7||5||6||4||6||SEA||Roenis Elias||16:10|
|Edinson Volquez||PIT||3||6||6||6||8||LAN||Zack Greinke||20:07|
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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