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
St. Louis at Kansas City | 20:10 ET
Michael Wacha (73.1 IP, 83 xFIP-, 1.7 WAR) faces Yordano Ventura (57.1 IP, 83 xFIP-, 1.1 WAR). In or around 1964, very good boxer Cassius Clay suggested that, among all the qualities he possessed, that probably his youth and speed and invincibility were the most notable. This evening’s starters share the first two traits in some quantity. As they’re facing each other, however, they will likely demonstrate more in the way of beated-ness than Clay himself might have.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: St. Louis Radio.
Three Brief Notes
Reagrding Jacob deGrom, His Most Recent Start
While his overall fielding-independent numbers are merely average, young Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom was excellent in his most recent start, recording an 11:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio against 23 batters over 6.1 innings at Philadelphia (box).
Regarding Jacob deGrom, All of His Pitches
One notes by way of the video below that deGrom produced strikeouts during that start at Philadelphia by way of no fewer than three different pitches — and maybe more:
Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features San Francisco and Cincinnati, starts at 12:35pm 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.
|M’son Bumgarner||SF||9||7||7||2||6||CIN||Mike Leake||12:35|
|Drew Pomeranz||OAK||5||6||7||3||10||NYA||Masahiro Tanaka||13:05|
|J.A. Happ||TOR||3||7||4||4||3||DET||Justin Verlander||13:08|
|Kyle Kendrick||PHI||1||1||4||7||6||WAS||Doug Fister||16:05|
|Jacob Turner||MIA||7||7||6||5||6||TB||Jake Odorizzi||16:10|
|Jacob deGrom||NYN||5||2||4||5||4||CHN||Travis Wood||19:05|
|Tyler Skaggs||LAA||6||8||6||7||4||HOU||Brad Peacock||19:10|
|Chris Tillman||BAL||2||4||3||3||3||TEX||Colby Lewis||20:05|
|Wily Peralta||MIL||7||6||4||4||1||MIN||Kevin Correia||20:10|
|Michael Wacha||STL||10||4||9||4||10||KC||Yordano Ventura||20:10|
|Bronson Arroyo||AZ||5||5||5||9||3||COL||Juan Nicasio||20:40|
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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