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
Atlanta at Miami | 19:10 ET
Alex Wood (35.0 IP, 67 xFIP-, 0.7 WAR) faces Jose Fernandez (31.2 IP, 44 xFIP-, 1.2 WAR) in a rematch of last Tuesday’s entirely splendid contest featuring these same exact pitchers (box). After playing in front of what is arguably the majors’ second-best center-field camera last Tuesday, the clubs — which meet in Miami this time — once again play in front of arguably the majors’ second-best center-field camera.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Atlanta Radio.
MLB.TV Free Game
Detroit at Chicago AL | 20:10 ET
Justin Verlander (33.0 IP, 109 xFIP-, 1.0 WAR) faces Jose Quintana (30.0 IP, 97 xFIP-, 0.3 WAR). Despite having recorded less excellent defense-independent numbers than usual thus far, the former has prevented runs at a rate on par with established levels. Perhaps of note regarding Verlander, as well, or perhaps not: per Baseball Savant, he’s thrown only 28 of his 559 total pitches (i.e. 5%) at 95 mph or higher. By comparison, he threw nearly 14% of his pitches that fast in 2013.
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.
|Jon Niese||NYN||5||2||5||2||8||PHI||Cole Hamels*||19:05|
|Charlie Morton||PIT||3||8||4||4||4||BAL||Chris Tillman||19:05|
|Chris Young*||SEA||2||5||5||5||8||NYA||CC Sabathia||19:05|
|Alex Wood||ATL||10||9||10||9||10||MIA||Jose Fernandez||19:10|
|Jeff Samardzija||CHN||5||5||4||3||3||CIN||Alfredo Simon||19:10|
|Erik Bedard*||TB||3||7||6||2||9||BOS||John Lackey||19:10|
|Scott Kazmir||OAK||7||5||6||3||6||TEX||Martin Perez||20:05|
|Justin Verlander||DET||4||4||4||4||4||CHA||Jose Quintana||20:10|
|Zack Greinke||LAN||10||5||5||5||1||MIN||Kyle Gibson||20:10|
|Dustin McGowan*||TOR||5||5||4||2||2||KC||Jason Vargas||20:10|
|Gio Gonzalez||WAS||4||6||5||6||5||HOU||Jarred Cosart||20:10|
|Kyle Lohse||MIL||5||7||6||1||7||STL||Lance Lynn||20:15|
|Tyler Chatwood*||COL||7||8||6||4||5||AZ||Mike Bolsinger*||21:40|
|Corey Kluber||CLE||7||5||5||10||1||LAA||Jered Weaver||22:05|
|Eric Stults||SD||1||3||3||6||4||SF||Matt Cain||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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