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 and MLB.TV Free Game
Houston at Detroit | 13:08 ET
Dallas Keuchel (36.1 IP, 80 xFIP-, 0.7 WAR) faces Drew Smyly (22.0 IP, 85 xFIP-, 0.5 WAR). The former, in addition to having produced entirely serviceable strikeout and walk figures, appears also to have recorded thus far the highest ground-ball rate among the league’s 107 qualified pitchers. His two-seamer and changeup have themselves induced grounders more than 75% of the time they’ve been batted into fair ground — considerably higher, in both cases, than the league averages by each pitch type, according to work recently done by the absurdly coiffed Eno Sarris.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Detroit 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.
|Kevin Correia||MIN||0||5||4||5||7||CLE||J. Masterson||12:05|
|Dallas Keuchel||HOU||8||6||7||4||7||DET||Drew Smyly*||13:08|
|A.J. Burnett||PHI||2||3||5||6||7||TOR||R.A. Dickey||19:07|
|Ubaldo Jimenez||BAL||3||3||6||7||9||TB||David Price||19:10|
|Franklin Morales||COL||4||9||5||3||5||TEX||Matt Harrison*||20:05|
|Jake Arrieta*||CHN||6||4||5||3||4||CHA||Scott Carroll*||20:10|
|Danny Duffy*||KC||6||3||6||4||7||SEA||H. Iwakuma*||22:10|
|Jacob Turner*||MIA||4||9||6||3||7||SD||Ian Kennedy||22:10|
|Ryan Vogelsong||SF||0||7||3||5||5||LAN||Josh Beckett||22:10|
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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