NERD Game Scores: Tsuyoshi Wada Recon Opportunity

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
San Diego at Chicago NL | 20:05 ET
Ian Kennedy (129.1 IP, 87 xFIP-, 2.3 WAR) faces Tsuyoshi Wada (113.2 IP, 25.9% K, 6.0% BB at Triple-A). That the latter has produced the second-best strikeout-walk differential among all qualified Triple-A pitchers is a matter of record. Precisely how he’s done that — as a 33-year-old who was considerably less effective last year in the minors and also throws just 90 mph — that’s a greater mystery. Wada’s major-league debut July 8th at Cincinnati was a success; he recorded a 3:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio against 19 batters over 5.0 scoreless innings (box).

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Chicago NL Television.

One Unhelpful, But Also Brief, Note
Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game hadn’t been announced as of press time, but 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.

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Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Trevor Bauer CLE 6 7 5 4 4 MIN Anthony Swarzak* 13:10
Mike Leake CIN 6 2 5 6 5 MIL Kyle Lohse 14:10
James Shields KC 6 4 5 2 6 CHA Jose Quintana 14:10
Stephen Strasburg WAS 10 8 6 8 1 COL Jorge de la Rosa 15:10
Anibal Sanchez DET 5 4 4 5 2 AZ Trevor Cahill 15:40
Bartolo Colon NYN 5 2 5 5 7 SEA Taijuan Walker* 15:40
Dan Haren LAN 5 5 6 5 7 PIT Francisco Liriano 19:05
Mad. Bumgarner SF 9 6 6 3 3 PHI A.J. Burnett 19:05
Yu Darvish TEX 7 4 4 2 2 NYA David Phelps 19:05
Clay Buchholz BOS 4 3 6 6 9 TOR R.A. Dickey 19:07
Nathan Eovaldi MIA 8 7 8 7 8 ATL Ervin Santana 19:10
Alex Cobb TB 6 7 5 3 4 STL Lance Lynn 19:15
Ian Kennedy SD 7 4 8 5 11 CHN Tsuyoshi Wada* 20:05
Chris Tillman BAL 1 6 3 6 3 LAA Jered Weaver 22:05
Brad Peacock HOU 3 8 5 7 6 OAK Jesse Chavez 22:05

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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Poor Jorge DE LA Rosa. He wins all these games and still only has a NERD of 1.

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