NERD Game Scores: Largely Concerning the American West

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 Los Angeles AL | 21:05 ET
Felix Hernandez (144.1 IP, 63 xFIP-, 5.2 WAR) faces Garrett Richards (123.1 IP, 83 xFIP-, 3.2 WAR). After years of exhibiting very excellent armspeed and reasonable control in the minor and then major leagues, the latter has produced a laudable season to date, recording strikeout and walk and ground-ball rates all on the ideal side of average. Richards’ Angels and the opposing Seattlers both currently possess better than 15% odds of qualifying for the divisional series.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Seattle Radio.

Two Brief Notes
A Brief Observation on Clayton Kershaw’s Talent
Seattle right-hander Felix Hernandez, starting tonight for Seattle, has recorded the highest WAR figure (5.2) among all major-league pitchers. One notes, however, that the standard WAR pitching leaderboard omits Clayton Kershaw, himself currently in the midst of a potentially historic season. This is because Kershaw, with 96.1 innings, isn’t qualified for the official MLB leaderboards. Remove the innings threshold, however, and one finds that the Dodgers left-hander is actually tied for third by WAR among all pitchers, with Yu Darvish and Phil Hughes.

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Texas at Toronto, starts at 1:07pm 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 and also the rest of the internet.

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Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Alfredo Simon CIN 5 3 6 3 9 NYA Brandon McCarthy 13:05
Colby Lewis TEX 3 4 6 6 9 TOR Marcus Stroman 13:07
Corey Kluber CLE 9 7 7 4 6 DET Drew Verhagen* 13:08
Zach McAllister CLE 5 7 6 4 8 DET Max Scherzer 19:08
Zack Greinke LAN 8 5 6 3 6 STL Joe Kelly* 16:05
Brett Anderson COL 2 9 4 5 5 PIT Charlie Morton 19:05
Matt Garza MIL 4 5 5 8 5 WAS Tanner Roark 19:05
Dallas Keuchel HOU 8 8 6 2 4 CHA Hector Noesi 19:10
Danny Duffy KC 4 5 6 2 9 BOS Rubby de la Rosa 19:10
Cole Hamels PHI 6 2 5 7 3 ATL Aaron Harang 19:10
Tim Hudson SF 5 6 6 7 7 MIA Hend’son Alvarez 19:10
David Price TB 9 7 8 4 9 MIN Phil Hughes 19:10
Travis Wood CHN 1 5 5 5 8 AZ Wade Miley 20:10
Dillon Gee NYN 3 2 5 4 8 SD Tyson Ross 20:40
Wei-Yin Chen BAL 5 6 6 7 7 OAK Jason Hammel 21:05
Felix Hernandez SEA 10 5 9 6 9 LAA Garrett Richards 21:05

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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2 years 5 days ago

Shouldn’t the WAR leaderboard not have to be qualified players since it’s a counting stat?

2 years 5 days ago

That link at the bottom does not, in fact, provide an explanation of NERD scores.

2 years 5 days ago

So no less than seven 9-NERD pitchers pitching today. Does any of them have the stuff it takes to make the jump to 10-NERDiness?

Kluber Lang
Kluber Lang
2 years 4 days ago

CHN?? When did China get a Major League Baseball Team?