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
Arizona at Chicago AL | 14:10 ET
Chase Anderson (39.0 IP, 26.0% K, 4.1% BB at Double-A) faces Hector Noesi (16.1 IP, 98 xFIP-, 0.4 WAR). The former’s difficulties as a starter in Triple-A last season suggest that concerns about his lack of armspeed might be warranted, so far as dealing with advanced hitters is concerned. What Anderson does offer, however, is a changeup that’s probably sweeter than lugduname — which compound (i.e. lugduname) appears to have been developed at the University of Lyon in 1996 and is “220,000 [to] 300,000 times as sweet as sucrose (table sugar).”
An example of said changeup:
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Arizona Radio or Television?
MLB.TV Free Game
Cleveland at Tampa Bay | 13:40 ET
Josh Tomlin (6.2 IP, 105 xFIP-, 0.1 WAR) faces Chris Archer (40.1 IP, 88 xFIP-, 1.0 WAR). If nothing else, this game serves as a pretense upon which to note that Cleveland outfielder Michael Brantley, who recorded a career-high 10 home runs last season in 611 plate appearances, has now produced seven of them (i.e. home runs) in just 150 plate appearances, even while maintaining his characteristically low strikeout rate (just 8.7%, presently).
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Cleveland Radio.
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.
|Jered Weaver||LAA||3||10||6||7||8||TOR||Drew Hutchison||13:07|
|Samuel Deduno*||MIN||4||4||6||5||8||DET||Robbie Ray*||13:08|
|Juan Nicasio||COL||3||10||6||4||7||CIN||Homer Bailey||13:10|
|Cole Hamels*||PHI||8||2||6||2||6||NYN||Jon Niese||13:10|
|Edwin Jackson||CHN||4||5||5||7||5||ATL||Aaron Harang||13:35|
|Jarred Cosart||HOU||4||7||4||3||4||BAL||Chris Tillman||13:35|
|Josh Tomlin*||CLE||5||5||6||7||7||TB||Chris Archer||13:40|
|Chase Anderson*||AZ||13||5||8||4||5||CHA||Hector Noesi*||14:10|
|David Phelps*||NYA||5||4||5||6||5||MIL||Matt Garza||14:10|
|John Lackey||BOS||7||1||5||3||6||TEX||Robbie Ross||15:05|
|Gio Gonzalez||WAS||6||5||6||4||6||OAK||Scott Kazmir||16:05|
|Jeremy Guthrie||KC||2||2||4||4||6||SEA||Roenis Elias||16:10|
|Hend. Alvarez||MIA||7||8||6||4||6||SD||Robbie Erlin||16:10|
|Tim Hudson||SF||7||6||8||5||10||LAN||Clay. Kershaw*||16:10|
|Shelby Miller||STL||3||4||4||7||3||PIT||Charlie Morton||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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