NERD Game Scores: Ft. The Curiously Indomitable Mike Fiers

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.

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Most Highly Rated Game
Toronto at Milwaukee | 20:10 ET
J.A. Happ (109.1 IP, 108 xFIP-, 0.9 WAR) faces Mike Fiers (21.0 IP, 74 xFIP-, 0.5 WAR). The latter recorded, in his most recent start, which was also his second major-league start of the season, he recorded 14 strikeouts against just 22 batters (box) — a percentage, that, which would amount to a passing grade in most American high schools and colleges. Unless the college were Hampshire, that is. In the case of Hampshire College, Fiers would have instead received a detailed narrative evaluation. In any case, Fiers et al. currently possess 49% odds of winning the Central and slightly-better-than-that odds of qualifying for the divisional series at all.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Milwaukee Radio.

Two Brief Notes
Promotion Announcement: Mookie Betts
The purpose of this brief is to announce the recall yesterday of Boston infielder/outfielder/wunderkind Mookie Betts back to the majors. Here was Betts’ line during his most recent interval with Triple-A Pawtucket: 105 PA, 9.5% BB, 16.2% K, 3 HR, .347/.410/.558 (.400 BABIP). Here’s at which position he started for the Red Sox on Monday: center field.

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Atlanta at Pittsburgh, starts at 7:05pm ET, and can be accessed by means of this hyperlinked text.

Complete Schedule
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. Note that the calculations both for team and game NERD scores have changed recently to better integrate playoff odds into same. Read more about those changes here, if you’re the sort of person accustomed to making poor life decisions.

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Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Chase Anderson AZ 5 3 5 4 10 WAS St. Strasburg 19:05
Aaron Harang ATL 2 7 6 7 8 PIT Francisco Liriano 19:05
Br. Oberholtzer HOU 4 4 4 4 6 NYA Chris Capuano 19:05
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 7 6 5 3 3 PHI A.J. Burnett 19:05
Max Scherzer DET 8 9 7 4 6 TB Chris Archer 19:10
Jered Weaver LAA 2 7 3 3 0 BOS Allen Webster 19:10
Miles Mikolas TEX 3 3 4 4 4 MIA Jarred Cosart 19:10
Ryan Vogelsong SF 2 8 5 4 5 CHN Tsuyoshi Wada 20:05
Chris Tillman BAL 2 5 4 2 6 CHA Jose Quintana 20:10
Trevor Bauer CLE 6 4 4 3 4 MIN Kyle Gibson 20:10
J.A. Happ TOR 4 4 7 9 11 MIL Mike Fiers* 20:10
Alfredo Simon CIN 5 2 5 8 7 STL John Lackey 20:15
James Shields KC 6 9 6 4 4 COL Tyler Matzek 20:40
Dillon Gee NYN 3 2 5 8 6 OAK Scott Kazmir 22:05
Ian Kennedy SD 7 3 4 5 0 LAN Kevin Correia 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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