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
Pittsburgh at Detroit | 19:08 ET
Vance Worley (62.2 IP, 99 xFIP-, 0.9 WAR) faces Buck Farmer (115.2 IP, 27.1% K, 6.0% BB at Class- and Double-A). As of last Tuesday, Detroit possessed 92% odds of qualifying for the ALDS. After a week populated almost exclusively by Kansas City victories, however, the Tigers’ chances have fallen about 30 percentage points, while the team itself has fallen (if only slightly) out of first place in the AL Central. These are the conditions, one notes, under which right-handed prospect Buck Farmer is expected to record what one might accurately call either (a) his major-league debut or also (b) his third-ever start above the Class-A Midwest League. A fifth-round pick last year out Georgia Tech, Farmer has produced excellent fielding-independent numbers against the competition he has faced — largely, it would seem, on the strength of a fastball-slider combination.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Detroit Radio.
Two Brief Notes
Javier Baez Breathtaking Home Run Watch
Cubs prospect Javier Baez recorded zero breathtaking home runs on Tuesday.
Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Tampa Bay at Texas, starts at 8:05pm 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. 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.
|Anthony Ranaudo*||BOS||5||2||4||3||6||CIN||Mike Leake||12:35|
|Kyle Gibson||MIN||4||3||4||4||3||HOU||Brett Oberholtzer||14:10|
|Jose Quintana||CHA||6||2||5||7||3||SF||Jake Peavy||15:45|
|Tyler Matzek||COL||3||4||4||3||7||SD||Ian Kennedy||18:40|
|Andrew Chafin*||AZ||7||3||5||5||5||CLE||Trevor Bauer||19:05|
|Vidal Nuno||AZ||4||3||5||5||8||CLE||Josh Tomlin*||TBD|
|Michael Pineda*||NYA||7||4||5||5||2||BAL||Chris Tillman||19:05|
|Vance Worley||PIT||5||10||8||7||10||DET||Buck Farmer*||19:08|
|Hyun-Jin Ryu||LAN||7||4||6||6||8||ATL||Ervin Santana||19:10|
|Justin Masterson||STL||4||10||7||4||8||MIA||Nathan Eovaldi||19:10|
|J. Zimmermann||WAS||10||5||5||2||5||NYN||Bartolo Colon||19:10|
|Kyle Lohse||MIL||4||10||6||3||5||CHN||Tsuyoshi Wada||20:05|
|Chris Archer||TB||6||4||4||3||4||TEX||Miles Mikolas||20:05|
|Scott Kazmir||OAK||7||6||6||8||4||KC||Jason Vargas||20:10|
|A.J. Burnett||PHI||3||2||4||9||2||LAA||Jered Weaver||22:05|
|R.A. Dickey||TOR||10||5||7||6||8||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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