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
Houston at Detroit | 19:08 ET
Brett Oberholtzer (32.0 IP, 108 xFIP-, 0.4 WAR) faces Robbie Ray (29.1 IP, 18.3% K, 4.4% BB at Triple-A). The latter was notably acquired from Washington this offseason (along with Ian Krol and Steve Lombardozzi) in exchange for right-hander Doug Fister — a move which seemed to represent a miscalculation of Fister’s value. Owing to a pair of spring injuries, Fister actually won’t make his season debut until Friday — i.e. three days after Ray makes his major-league debut tonight.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Detroit Radio.
MLB.TV Free Game
Seattle at Oakland | 22:05 ET
Roenis Elias (35.0 IP, 97 xFIP-, 0.5 WAR) faces Jesse Chavez (38.0 IP, 70 xFIP-, 1.1 WAR). The pair, thus far, account for two of the league’s most surprising pitching seasons. The former was originally forecast by Steamer to record a 4.82 FIP; his rest-of-season mark currently sits at 4.31. Chavez, for his part, received a 4.18 projected FIP this preseason. His raw improvement is less substantial than Elias’s (his current rest-of-season figure is 3.96), but one also must also account for the change in role: the right-hander was originally projected to make about two-thirds of his appearances in relief, in which capacity he would likely be producing better numbers on a per-inning basis.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Oakland 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.
|Clay. Kershaw*||LAN||10||5||7||5||6||WAS||Blake Treinen*||19:05|
|Samuel Deduno*||MIN||5||4||6||5||7||CLE||Josh Tomlin*||19:05|
|Tim Hudson||SF||7||7||6||8||4||PIT||Charlie Morton||19:05|
|Drew Hutchison||TOR||8||6||7||3||8||PHI||Cole Hamels*||19:05|
|B. Oberholtzer||HOU||4||7||7||4||12||DET||Robbie Ray*||19:08|
|Chris Tillman||BAL||4||3||5||7||6||TB||Chris Archer||19:10|
|Homer Bailey||CIN||7||3||4||3||2||BOS||Felix Doubront||19:10|
|Bartolo Colon||NYN||5||3||6||9||6||MIA||Hend. Alvarez||19:10|
|Tyler Lyons*||STL||7||3||6||7||6||ATL||Gavin Floyd*||19:10|
|Hector Noesi*||CHA||3||3||3||5||2||CHN||Edwin Jackson||20:05|
|Josh Collmenter||AZ||4||4||4||6||4||MIL||Marco Estrada||20:10|
|Robbie Ross||TEX||6||2||5||8||5||COL||Juan Nicasio||20:40|
|Hiroki Kuroda||NYA||4||5||5||10||4||LAA||C.J. Wilson||22:05|
|Roenis Elias||SEA||6||4||6||4||8||OAK||Jesse Chavez||22:05|
|Jeremy Guthrie||KC||2||2||4||3||7||SD||Robbie Erlin||22:10|
To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.