NERD Game Scores: Yordano Ventura Pitching Event

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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Kansas City at Cleveland | 19:05 ET
Yordano Ventura (88.1 IP, 87 xFIP-, 1.8 WAR) faces Josh Tomlin (64.1 IP, 84 xFIP, 0.8 WAR). The former has recorded not only the highest average fastball velocity among qualified starters, but also the sixth-fastest working pace among that same group. The latter, having typically survived off of his capacity to limit walks, has produced a strikeout rate thus far (21.9%) precisely 50% greater than his career average to date.

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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
Jason Hammel CHN 7 4 5 6 4 WAS Tanner Roark 11:05
M. Gonzalez BAL 1 6 4 2 6 BOS Jon Lester 13:35
Chase Whitley NYA 5 3 4 3 4 MIN Kyle Gibson 15:10
Marcus Stroman TOR 9 7 6 7 2 OAK Tommy Milone 16:05
R. Hernandez PHI 1 2 4 4 8 PIT Gerrit Cole 17:05
Matt Cain SF 4 5 4 4 3 SD Eric Stults 18:40
Y. Ventura KC 10 5 8 6 7 CLE Josh Tomlin 19:05
Alex Cobb TB 7 6 6 4 5 DET Drew Smyly 19:08
Kyle Lohse MIL 4 7 5 3 5 CIN Alfredo Simon 19:10
Roenis Elias SEA 5 5 7 2 10 CHA Chris Sale 19:10
Yu Darvish TEX 7 4 5 3 4 NYN Jon Niese 19:10
Nathan Eovaldi MIA 8 7 6 3 4 STL Lance Lynn 19:15
Josh Collmenter AZ 2 6 5 7 8 ATL Ervin Santana 19:35
Clay. Kershaw LAN 10 5 7 9 4 COL Jair Jurrjens* 20:10
Dallas Keuchel HOU 8 7 6 6 4 LAA C.J. Wilson 21:05

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* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.

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Today as we celebrate our nation’s anniversary, let us all take a moment for Jair Jurrjens, who is making his 2014 debut pitching at Coors Field.

Against Clayton Kershaw.

Against all odds.

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Kershaw has made 15 career starts in Coors. He’s 6-3 with a 5.03 ERA. Interestingly, he’s made only 9 starts in Petco (ERA 2.22) and 10 starts in AT&T (ERA 0.78). The career ERA+ may undersell him…

Jurrjens does have the odds against him, but even if he fails, there’s probably a good establishment that he can go to and watch a soccer game to ease his pain.


The same Rockies team Kershaw no hit just two weeks ago.