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
Colorado at Milwaukee | 20:10 ET
Christian Friedrich (6.0 IP, 175 xFIP-, -0.1 WAR) faces Wily Peralta (95.1 IP, 94 xFIP-, 0.9 WAR). Despite having recorded the seventh-youngest average batters’ age among major-league clubs, Colorado has also produced the seventh-most park-adjusted runs. For this and other reasons — all of which the author would enthusiastically address over reasonably priced rakija at seaside caffe bar in Split — that same Rockies club features a perfect NERD score at the moment.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Milwaukee Radio.
Two Brief Notes
Regarding Adam Duvall, How He Was Promoted Yesterday
San Francisco third-base prospect Adam Duvall was promoted from Triple-A Fresno yesterday, with which club (i.e. Fresno) he recorded a Pacific Coast League-leading 23 home runs in 289 plate appearances. Indeed, the home-run total isn’t an anomalous one for Duvall, who’s averaged 28 home runs per ever 550 plate appearances since 2011.
Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Minnesota at the Los Angeles Americans, starts at 3:35pm 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.
|Mike Minor||ATL||6||6||5||7||4||HOU||Jarred Cosart||14:10|
|Ricky Nolasco||MIN||4||3||4||5||3||LAA||Jered Weaver||15:35|
|Tom Koehler||MIA||3||7||4||1||6||PHI||Cole Hamels||19:05|
|D. Matsuzaka||NYN||0||2||3||5||6||PIT||Vance Worley*||19:05|
|Scott Carroll||CHA||0||2||3||7||4||TOR||J.A. Happ||19:07|
|Rick Porcello||DET||5||4||3||3||0||TEX||Nicholas Martinez||20:05|
|Doug Fister||WAS||5||8||4||5||1||CHN||Travis Wood||20:05|
|Chris. Friedrich*||COL||5||10||7||6||7||MIL||Wily Peralta||20:10|
|Adam Wainwright||STL||7||3||6||5||5||LAN||Josh Beckett||22:10|
|Mike Leake||CIN||6||4||4||6||2||SF||Ryan Vogelsong||22:15|
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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