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
Washington at Miami | 19:10 ET
Stephen Strasburg (137.1 IP, 68 xFIP-, 3.0 WAR) faces Henderson Alvarez (130.2 IP, 95 xFIP-, 2.0 WAR). The latter, it would appear, is almost an exact replica of yesterday’s starter for Miami, Nathan Eovaldi. While neither have recorded particularly notable fielding-independent numbers, both have produced overall strike rates and average fastball velocities at least a standard deviation better than the average of all major-leaguer starters. In Alvarez’s case, those figures are as follows: 66.9% strikes and 93.6 mph. As for characterizing Strasburg’s virtues, one is reduced merely to the employment of tautology — to the extent, I mean, that Strasburg is what he is.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Washington Radio.
Two Brief Notes
Belated Debut Notice: Swift-Footed Billy Burns
Very celeritous Oakland prospect Billy Burns was promoted yesterday by that same club and made his debut as a pinch-hitter at Houston. The 24-year-old Burns recorded walk and strikeout rates of 10.5% and 15.4%, respectively, while succeeding on 51 of his 56 stolen-base attempts this season at Double-A Midland.
Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features the Chicago Americans at Detroit, starts at 7:08pm 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.
|Jered Weaver||LAA||3||6||3||6||1||BAL||Chris Tillman||19:05|
|Hisashi Iwakuma||SEA||8||4||7||8||6||CLE||Trevor Bauer||19:05|
|Jose Quintana||CHA||6||2||5||4||5||DET||Anibal Sanchez||19:08|
|Trevor Cahill||AZ||3||5||4||2||6||CIN||Mike Leake||19:10|
|Matt Garza||MIL||4||6||6||7||7||TB||Alex Cobb||19:10|
|Cole Hamels||PHI||7||3||5||2||4||NYN||Dillon Gee||19:10|
|Marcus Stroman||TOR||9||6||7||3||7||BOS||R. de la Rosa||19:10|
|St. Strasburg||WAS||10||7||8||7||7||MIA||Hen’son Alvarez||19:10|
|Jorge de la Rosa||COL||2||8||4||5||5||CHN||Edwin Jackson||20:05|
|Brand. McCarthy||NYA||10||2||4||3||0||TEX||Nick Martinez||20:05|
|Kyle Gibson||MIN||3||4||4||4||6||KC||James Shields||20:10|
|Jeff Samardzija||OAK||7||8||5||9||1||HOU||Scott Feldman||20:10|
|Aaron Harang||ATL||3||7||4||4||5||LAN||Josh Beckett||22:10|
|Lance Lynn||STL||4||3||6||4||9||SD||Tyson Ross||22:10|
|Francisco Liriano||PIT||6||5||5||5||5||SF||Tim Hudson||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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