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
San Francisco at Pittsburgh | 12:35 ET
Tim Lincecum (31.2 IP, 89 xFIP-, -0.1 WAR) faces Gerrit Cole (39.0 IP, 94 xFIP-, 0.1 WAR). The latter has recorded the fourth-highest average fastball velocity thus far amongst qualified starters, at 95.5 mph. The former is once against conceding more runs (over 1.5 of them every nine innings) than his defense-independent numbers would suggest. Note with regard to this game that it will be played in front of probably the league’s most excellent center-field camera. Also note that it’s possible the Giants broadcast will opt for the off-center camera instead.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: San Francisco Radio or Television.
MLB.TV Free Game
Baltimore at Tampa Bay | 19:10 ET
Bud Norris (29.2 IP, 107 xFIP-, 0.2 WAR) faces Cesar Ramos (21.2 IP, 133 xFIP-, 0.1 WAR). At 9.1%, the Baltimores currently possess the worst odds of winning the AL East — which is very much the highest figure for a team with its division’s worst odds. In fact, every division besides the AL East features at least one club with less than a 1% chance of winning same.
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.
|Tim Lincecum||SF||6||7||8||8||9||PIT||Gerrit Cole||12:35|
|Zack Wheeler||NYN||7||3||5||9||2||MIA||Tom Koehler||12:40|
|Dan Haren||LAN||6||5||7||5||10||WAS||St. Strasburg||13:05|
|Bronson Arroyo||AZ||3||4||5||6||8||MIL||Wily Peralta||13:10|
|Felix Hernandez||SEA||8||4||6||4||6||OAK||Dan Straily||15:35|
|James Shields||KC||5||2||5||3||7||SD||Andrew Cashner||15:40|
|Ricky Nolasco||MIN||3||4||5||5||7||CLE||Danny Salazar||19:05|
|Cliff Lee||PHI||9||3||6||6||4||TOR||Mark Buehrle||19:07|
|Brad Peacock*||HOU||5||7||6||4||8||DET||Rick Porcello||19:08|
|Bud Norris||BAL||4||3||4||7||3||TB||Cesar Ramos*||19:10|
|Mike Leake||CIN||4||3||3||3||1||BOS||Jake Peavy||19:10|
|Adam Wainwright||STL||5||3||6||7||7||ATL||Mike Minor*||19:10|
|Jorge de la Rosa||COL||4||8||4||2||3||TEX||Colby Lewis||20:05|
|Travis Wood||CHN||5||5||3||3||0||CHA||John Danks||20:10|
|Vidal Nuno*||NYA||4||5||4||10||1||LAA||Hector Santiago||22:05|
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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