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
Seattle at San Diego | 22:10 ET
Felix Hernandez (106.1 IP, 64 xFIP-, 4.0 WAR) faces Andrew Cashner (69.1 IP, 87 xFIP-, 1.5 WAR). The former, despite the heights of his previously established levels, is projected both by Steamer and ZiPS to record the best single-season WAR mark of his career. The latter, whose heights have been less high, is nevertheless also projected to produce his top WAR mark.
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Two Brief Notes
Chase Whitley Status Update
Yankees right-hander Chase Whitley has produced a strikeout-walk differential of 15.6 percentage points over six starts and 33.2 innings — a figure, that, which would place him 25th among the league’s 99 qualified pitchers.
Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Texas at Oakland, starts at 3:35pm 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.
|Roberto Her’dez||PHI||2||1||3||7||4||ATL||Aaron Harang||12:10|
|Jake Arrieta||CHN||7||5||8||7||9||MIA||Nathan Eovaldi||12:40|
|Jeremy Guthrie||KC||2||5||3||4||4||DET||Drew Smyly||13:08|
|Kevin Gausman*||BAL||7||4||7||6||8||TB||Alex Cobb||13:10|
|Kyle Gibson||MIN||3||4||5||3||7||BOS||John Lackey||13:35|
|Bartolo Colon||NYN||5||3||4||3||4||STL||Lance Lynn||13:45|
|Tim Hudson||SF||6||7||7||2||10||CHA||Chris Sale||14:10|
|Nick Tepesch||TEX||3||3||5||7||7||OAK||Sonny Gray||15:35|
|Alfredo Simon||CIN||5||3||4||5||3||PIT||Edinson Volquez||19:05|
|Scott Feldman||HOU||1||6||4||7||6||WAS||Gio Gonzalez||19:05|
|Mark Buehrle||TOR||4||7||5||4||6||NYA||Chase Whitley||19:05|
|C.J. Wilson||LAA||4||6||5||5||5||CLE||Justin Masterson||19:10|
|Matt Garza||MIL||3||7||5||6||7||AZ||Wade Miley||21:40|
|Jorge de la Rosa||COL||3||9||7||6||10||LAN||Clayton Kershaw||22:10|
|Felix Hernandez||SEA||10||4||8||4||8||SD||Andrew Cashner||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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