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
Tampa Bay at Seattle | 22:10 ET
David Price (53.2 IP, 71 xFIP-, 0.9 WAR) faces Hisashi Iwakuma (14.2 IP, 69 xFIP-, 0.4 WAR). The former, despite having recorded an average fastball velocity over 1 mph lower than last year’s mark — which itself was 2 mph lower than his career-high 95.5 mph fastball average in 2012 — the former, despite all that, has pitched brilliantly thus far in 2014. To wit: both Price’s strikeout rate and walk rate are currently better than his previously established career-best marks by those same measures.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Tampa Bay 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.
|Drew Smyly||DET||4||5||3||3||2||BAL||Ubaldo Jimenez||19:05|
|Matt Shoemaker*||LAA||7||10||8||2||9||PHI||Cliff Lee||19:05|
|Zack Wheeler||NYN||8||3||5||5||3||NYA||Vidal Nuno||19:05|
|Justin Masterson||CLE||7||4||7||7||7||TOR||R.A. Dickey||19:07|
|Andrew Cashner||SD||7||4||6||4||5||CIN||Mike Leake||19:10|
|Felix Doubront||BOS||1||1||2||3||4||MIN||Ricky Nolasco||20:10|
|Franklin Morales||COL||3||10||5||3||5||KC||James Shields||20:10|
|Gerrit Cole||PIT||9||7||7||6||4||MIL||Marco Estrada||20:10|
|Matt Harrison*||TEX||3||3||6||7||9||HOU||Dallas Keuchel||20:10|
|Jake Arrieta*||CHN||6||5||6||3||6||STL||A. Wainwright||20:15|
|Stephen Strasburg||WAS||10||5||7||5||4||AZ||Bronson Arroyo||21:40|
|Scott Carroll*||CHA||4||3||5||5||6||OAK||Drew Pomeranz*||22:05|
|Jacob Turner*||MIA||4||8||5||5||4||LAN||Josh Beckett||22:10|
|David Price||TB||9||7||8||5||9||SEA||Hisashi Iwakuma*||22:10|
|Mike Minor*||ATL||6||7||4||6||0||SF||Ryan Vogelsong||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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