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 Miami | 19:10 ET
Jordan Zimmermann (118.0 IP, 84 xFIP-, 2.7 WAR) faces Nathan Eovaldi (130.2 IP, 108 xFIP-, 1.8 WAR). The virtues of the former are manifest. As for the latter, despite having posted merely average-ish fielding-independent numbers, he’s also recorded an overall strike rate (66.4%) and average fastball velocity (95.6 mph) one and two standard deviations, respectively, better than the mean produced by starting pitchers this season. A recipe, that, for tolerable baseball.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Washington Radio.
Two Brief Notes
Regarding Jason Lane, Who Starts This Afternoon
One might assume — indeed, the author assumed — that, because he’s a converted position player, that left-hander Jason Lane might belong to that class of pitcher who throws hard but lacks anything in the way of a second pitch. Indeed, nearly the opposite appears to be true in Lane’s case: over a pair of brief outings this season, he recorded an average fastball velocity of just 87.3 mph while also throwing his changeup about 35% of the time. He makes his first major-league start today at noon in Atlanta.
Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Milwaukee at Tampa Bay, starts at 7:10pm 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.
|Jason Lane*||SD||7||4||7||7||8||ATL||Ervin Santana||12:10|
|Chase Anderson||AZ||5||5||5||2||7||CIN||Homer Bailey||19:10|
|Kyle Lohse||MIL||5||6||6||8||7||TB||Jake Odorizzi||19:10|
|A.J. Burnett||PHI||2||3||3||2||5||NYN||Bartolo Colon||19:10|
|R.A. Dickey||TOR||9||6||6||3||3||BOS||Clay Buchholz||19:10|
|Jo. Zimmermann||WAS||9||7||8||7||7||MIA||Nathan Eovaldi||19:10|
|Yohan Flande||COL||2||9||5||5||6||CHN||Tsuyoshi Wada*||20:05|
|David Phelps||NYA||2||2||4||3||7||TEX||Yu Darvish||20:05|
|Jesse Chavez||OAK||6||8||6||9||3||HOU||B. Oberholtzer||20:10|
|Vance Worley||PIT||5||5||7||5||9||SF||M. Bumgarner||22:15|
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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