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
Pittsburgh at San Diego | 22:10 ET
Gerrit Cole (71.0 IP, 94 xFIP-, 0.5 WAR) faces Jesse Hahn (32.2 IP, 20.9% K, 8.2% BB at Double-A). The former is a 23-year-old who has recorded thus far the fourth-highest average fastball velocity, at 95.7 mph, among 101 qualified pitchers. The latter, making his major-league debut, is a 22-year-old right-hander who — according to multiple reports — is likely to sit at something like 93-96 mph with his fastball.
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Three Brief Notes
Regarding Jon Singleton, His Likely Debut
Houston first-base prospect Jon Singleton, who yesterday signed a long-term contract, is likely to make his major-league debut at home against the Anaheims tonight. He’s projected by Steamer to record a 102 wRC+ (.289 BABIP) over the remainder of the 2014 season.
Regarding Jaime Garcia, On the Status of His Status
St. Louis left-hander Jaime Garcia, recently returned from shoulder surgery, has struck out 19 of the 73 batters he’s faced thus far (26.0%) and walked zero of them.
Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Anaheim at Houston, starts at 8:10pm 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.
|Jake Peavy||BOS||2||3||4||5||7||CLE||T.J. House*||19:05|
|Scott Kazmir||OAK||6||6||5||4||5||NYA||Hiroki Kuroda||19:05|
|David Buchanan*||PHI||4||2||6||7||9||WAS||J. Zimmermann||19:05|
|Drew Hutchison||TOR||6||7||6||4||6||DET||Anibal Sanchez||19:08|
|Tim Lincecum||SF||6||7||6||2||7||CIN||Homer Bailey||19:10|
|Erasmo Ramirez||SEA||4||4||5||7||6||ATL||Gavin Floyd||19:10|
|Chris Archer||TB||6||5||6||8||6||MIA||Hen’son Alvarez||19:10|
|James Shields||KC||6||4||7||4||9||STL||Jaime Garcia*||19:15|
|Ubaldo Jimenez||BAL||4||4||4||3||4||TEX||Joe Saunders*||20:05|
|Zack Wheeler||NYN||8||2||6||5||6||CHN||Jake Arrieta||20:05|
|C.J. Wilson||LAA||4||7||6||7||8||HOU||Collin McHugh||20:10|
|Samuel Deduno||MIN||4||4||4||6||2||MIL||Yovani Gallardo||20:10|
|Chase Anderson*||AZ||6||5||6||9||4||COL||Jorge de la Rosa||20:40|
|Hector Noesi||CHA||3||2||4||6||6||LAN||Dan Haren||22:10|
|Gerrit Cole||PIT||9||5||8||5||8||SD||Jesse Hahn*||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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