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
Washington at Milwaukee | 14:10 ET
Stephen Strasburg (100.0 IP, 65 xFIP-, 2.8 WAR) faces Marco Estrada (89.2 IP, 112 xFIP-, -0.8 WAR). The latter has produced a strikeout-walk differential of 14.1 percentage points — a stat, that, which correlates highly with run prevention and a precise figure, that, which ranks 32nd among the league’s 95 qualified pitchers. What else Estrada has produced, however, is 24 home-runs allowed over 15 starts and ca. 90 innings. “Is there something wrong with Estrada? Ought the Brewers replace him with minor-leaguer Jimmy Nelson?” These are questions being asked by Americans today.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Milwaukee Radio.
Three Brief Notes
Regarding Marco Gonzales, How It’s His Debut
Left-handed Cardinals prospect and 2013 first-round draft pick Marco Gonzales makes his major-league debut only slight more than a month after making his Double-A debut. One can read more about that same left-hander within today’s very recently published Prospect Watch.
Regarding Brad Mills, His Less Slow Fastball Velocity
Oakland left-hander Brad Mills — acquired by Oakland recently and used as a starter by that same club last week — recorded an average fastball velocity ca. 2.5 mph greater in that contest than when he last made a major-league appearance in 2012. Which is to say, Mills continues to exhibit below-average armspeed, but not below below-average armspeed.
Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features San Diego at San Francisco, starts at 3:45pm 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.
|Charlie Morton||PIT||4||5||7||5||10||TB||David Price||12:10|
|St. Strasburg||WAS||10||7||7||7||5||MIL||Marco Estrada||14:10|
|Marco Gonzales*||STL||9||3||7||10||6||COL||Yohan Flande*||15:10|
|Ian Kennedy||SD||7||4||6||7||5||SF||Tim Lincecum||15:45|
|Hector Noesi||CHA||4||2||3||5||2||BAL||Ubaldo Jimenez||19:05|
|Mat Latos*||CIN||6||3||6||5||6||CHN||Edwin Jackson||19:05|
|Hen’son Alvarez||MIA||8||7||4||0||1||PHI||A.J. Burnett||19:05|
|Hiroki Kuroda||NYA||4||3||5||7||6||TOR||Drew Hutchison||19:07|
|Brad Mills*||OAK||6||7||6||2||8||NYN||Zack Wheeler||19:10|
|Anibal Sanchez||DET||6||5||3||4||0||TEX||Joe Saunders||20:05|
|Alex Wood||ATL||9||7||7||6||6||HOU||Collin McHugh||20:10|
|Dan Haren||LAN||5||5||5||5||6||KC||James Shields||20:10|
|Corey Kluber||CLE||9||6||7||6||5||AZ||Chase Anderson||21:40|
|Yohan Pino*||MIN||7||4||7||6||8||LAA||Garrett Richards||22:05|
|Clay Buchholz||BOS||1||2||4||5||7||SEA||Hisashi Iwakuma||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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