NERD Game Scores for Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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.

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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.

Complete Schedule
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.

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Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
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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