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
Toronto at Kansas City | 20:10 ET
Drew Hutchison (26.0 IP, 80 xFIP-, 0.6 WAR) faces Yordano Ventura (25.0 IP, 84 xFIP-, 0.8 WAR). The latter, in addition to having posted the highest average fastball velocity among qualified starters (which isn’t particularly surprising), has also generated a considerable number of swings and misses with his secondary pitches (which is more surprising). Hutchison, for his part, has actually recorded even better defense-independent figures, having now struck out more than a third of opposing batters in consecutive starts.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Toronto, Maybe?
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Los Angeles NL at Minnesota | 20:10 ET
Zack Greinke (29.1 IP, 49 xFIP-, 0.2 WAR) faces Kyle Gibson (22.1 IP, 119 xFIP-, 0.5 WAR). The former has been indomitable through five starts, recording a strikeout-walk differential of about 30 points, nearly double his already impressive career mark. The latter, Gibson, has been much more domitable — although, were he capable of reducing his walks, would likely produce average-ish numbers based on his ground-ball tendencies.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Minnesota 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.
|Matt Garza||MIL||6||7||4||2||2||STL||Shelby Miller||13:45|
|Max Scherzer||DET||9||4||7||4||6||CHA||Hector Noesi*||14:10|
|Zach McAllister||CLE||5||5||5||10||4||LAA||C.J. Wilson||19:05|
|Bartolo Colon||NYN||6||2||4||2||2||PHI||Kyle Kendrick||19:05|
|Charlie Morton||PIT||3||8||4||4||4||BAL||Chris Tillman||19:05|
|Roenis Elias||SEA||4||5||5||5||6||NYA||David Phelps*||19:05|
|Aaron Harang||ATL||4||9||7||8||10||MIA||Nathan Eovaldi||19:10|
|Edwin Jackson||CHN||2||5||3||3||3||CIN||Tony Cingrani||19:10|
|Chris Archer||TB||8||7||5||2||1||BOS||Felix Doubront||19:10|
|Jesse Chavez||OAK||7||5||6||2||6||TEX||Robbie Ross||20:05|
|Zack Greinke||LAN||10||6||6||5||1||MIN||Kyle Gibson||20:10|
|Drew Hutchison||TOR||8||5||8||2||10||KC||Yordano Ventura||20:10|
|Jor. Zimmermann||WAS||8||6||6||6||3||HOU||Br. Oberholtzer||20:10|
|Jordan Lyles||COL||5||8||5||4||5||AZ||Josh Collmenter*||21:40|
|Robbie Erlin||SD||6||3||6||6||6||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.