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
Colorado at Washington | 19:05 ET
Christian Friedrich (10.0 IP, 117 xFIP-, -0.1 WAR) faces Stephen Strasburg (104.2 IP, 70 xFIP-, 2.4 WAR). A discerning gastronome could very probably ask reasonable questions regarding the authenticity of certain dishes which appear on the menu of Chen Yang Li, a Chinese restaurant located in Bow, NH, and patronized with some regularity by the author’s family. What no one can deny, however, is the presence on that same menu of an entree called Chicken Amazing — which name, one notes, features the word chicken plus then then word amazing. Were one to employ a similar strategy in producing a sobriquet for Washington right-hander Stephen Strasburg, a likely result might be Pitcher Amazing — which is to say a noun describing Strasburg’s job title (i.e. pitcher) plus the adjective amazing again. As noted yesterday, Strasburg is among the league’s best starters by park-adjusted xFIP (70 xFIP-), swinging-strike rate (12.0%), overall strike rate (67.2%), and average fastball velocity (94.4 mph).
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Washington Radio.
Two Brief Notes
Potential Debut: Powerful Houston Prospect Domingo Santana
According to Jason Martinez of MLB Depth Charts, Houston is expected to promote outfielder Domingo Santana to the majors before tonight’s game against Seattle. Just 21, Santana has exhibited considerable power in the minors, having recorded 61 home runs in 1420 plate appearances since the beginning of the 2012 season (roughly 24 per every 550 PA). What else he’s exhibited in some difficulty in making contact.
Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Milwaukee at Toronto, starts at 1:07pm 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.
|Marco Estrada||MIL||4||7||6||7||6||TOR||Drew Hutchison||13:07|
|Garrett Richards||LAA||8||6||6||2||4||CHA||Hector Noesi||17:10|
|Jered Weaver||LAA||3||6||2||2||0||CHA||Scott Carroll||20:10|
|Wade Miley||AZ||7||6||7||5||8||PIT||Jeff Locke||19:05|
|Chris. Friedrich*||COL||6||9||8||7||10||WAS||St. Strasburg||19:05|
|David Price||TB||10||7||7||3||4||NYA||Hiroki Kuroda||19:05|
|Nick Martinez||TEX||0||4||3||5||4||BAL||T.J. McFarland*||19:05|
|Brad Mills*||OAK||4||7||5||4||5||DET||Rick Porcello||19:08|
|Edwin Jackson||CHN||5||4||3||2||1||BOS||Clay Buchholz||19:10|
|D. Matsuzaka||NYN||0||2||3||7||6||ATL||Mike Minor||19:10|
|A.J. Burnett||PHI||1||2||4||8||7||MIA||Hen’son Alvarez||19:10|
|James Shields||KC||5||5||5||3||5||MIN||Ricky Nolasco||20:10|
|Hisashi Iwakuma||SEA||8||5||6||7||4||HOU||Jarred Cosart||20:10|
|Mike Leake||CIN||6||3||6||4||7||SD||Ian Kennedy||22:10|
|Justin Masterson||CLE||5||7||5||5||5||LAN||Josh Beckett||22:10|
|Marco Gonzales*||STL||6||3||5||6||5||SF||Tim Lincecum||22:15|
To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.