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
San Francisco at Atlanta | 13:35 ET
Madison Bumgarner (33.2 IP, 91 xFIP-, 0.3 WAR) faces Alex Wood (40.0 IP, 78 xFIP-, 0.6 WAR). The latter, despite recording a single-game 5.79 xFIP in his most recent start, has still produced the 16th-best xFIP- of all 108 qualified starters. The Atlantans as a club, meanwhile, have posted a park-adjusted home-run rate, bullpen xFIP-, and defensive-runs figure all greater than a standard deviation above league average thus far.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: San Francisco Radio or Television.
MLB.TV Free Game
Arizona at San Diego | 16:10 ET
Wade Miley (42.0 IP, 101 xFIP-, 0.0 WAR) faces Tyson Ross (36.2 IP, 99 xFIP-, 0.1 WAR). This contest also serves as an opportune moment for the Jace Peterson Status Update for which no one was asking. Peterson’s numbers thus far: 21 PA, 0.0% BB, 19.0% K, 3 wRC+ (.235 BABIP), 2/2 SB, -0.1 WAR. So not dominant quite yet.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Arizona 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.
|Andre Rienzo*||CHA||2||4||4||5||6||CLE||Corey Kluber||13:05|
|Erik Bedard*||TB||2||7||6||5||9||NYA||CC Sabathia||13:05|
|Stephen Fife*||LAN||4||6||7||8||10||MIA||Jose Fernandez||13:10|
|Sonny Gray||OAK||6||4||6||3||8||BOS||John Lackey||13:35|
|M. Bumgarner||SF||7||7||8||9||9||ATL||Alex Wood||13:35|
|Dustin McGowan||TOR||0||6||3||9||3||PIT||Edinson Volquez||13:35|
|Miguel Gonzalez||BAL||1||4||4||4||8||MIN||Phil Hughes||14:10|
|Justin Verlander||DET||4||3||3||2||3||KC||Jason Vargas||14:10|
|Brandon Maurer*||SEA||7||5||7||6||8||HOU||Collin McHugh*||14:10|
|Gio Gonzalez||WAS||5||6||5||2||6||PHI||R. Hernandez||15:05|
|Yu Darvish||TEX||4||2||5||10||5||LAA||Tyler Skaggs||15:35|
|Wade Miley||AZ||6||4||5||3||6||SD||Tyson Ross||16:10|
|Kyle Lohse||MIL||5||6||4||4||3||CIN||Alfredo Simon||16:10|
|Dillon Gee||NYN||3||2||4||8||5||COL||Jhoulys Chacin*||16:10|
|Lance Lynn||STL||7||3||5||4||5||CHN||Jason Hammel||20:05|
To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.