NERD Game Scores: Eddie Butler Debut 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.


Most Highly Rated Game
Los Angeles NL at Colorado | 20:40 ET
Hyun-Jin Ryu (58.1 IP, 86 xFIP-, 1.5 WAR) faces Eddie Butler (68.2 IP, 14.1% K, 6.7% BB at Double-A). The latter was ranked first among Rockies prospects this preseason by Marc Hulet and 15th among all prospects everywhere by that same polite Canadian. One finds that he (i.e. Butler, not Marc Hulet) has produced less than elite fielding-independent numbers this season at Double-A Tulsa. Even so, praise for his fastball — both its velocity and movement — is ubiquitous.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Colorado Radio.

Three Brief Notes
Regarding Eddie Butler, An Example Also of His Changeup
Here’s footage from last year’s Futures Game of Butler striking out now actual major-leaguer Xander Bogaerts by means of an excellent 90-mph changeup — which pitch may or may not provoke mystical experience:

Regarding Other Young Pitchers, How They’re Also Starting Today
It would be fair to suggest that there is a panoply of young and talented pitchers also making starts tonight, including but not limited to Trevor Bauer (22.1 IP, 81 xFIP-), Rubby de la Rosa (7.0 IP, 37 xFIP-), Marcus Stroman (12.1 IP, 78 xFIP-), and Chase Whitley (19.0 IP, 95 xFIP-).

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Milwaukee and Pittsburgh, starts at 7:05pm 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
Nathan Eovaldi MIA 9 8 7 5 6 CHN Jason Hammel 16:05
Kyle Lohse MIL 6 7 6 5 6 PIT Bran. Cumpton 19:05
Tommy Milone OAK 1 7 4 4 6 BAL Wei-Yin Chen 19:05
Lance Lynn STL 4 4 7 7 10 TOR Marcus Stroman* 19:07
Rubby de la Rosa* BOS 10 3 6 4 4 DET Drew Smyly 19:08
Cole Hamels PHI 6 2 6 3 8 CIN Johnny Cueto 19:10
Chris Young SEA 0 4 1 5 0 TB Erik Bedard 19:10
Trevor Bauer CLE 10 4 7 3 6 TEX Yu Darvish 20:05
Dallas Keuchel HOU 8 6 7 4 7 MIN Phil Hughes 20:10
Chase Whitley* NYA 8 3 5 4 2 KC Jeremy Guthrie 20:10
Hyun-Jin Ryu LAN 7 6 8 10 10 COL Eddie Butler* 20:40
Julio Teheran ATL 5 7 7 6 9 AZ Bran. McCarthy 21:40
Andre Rienzo CHA 4 2 3 7 2 LAA Jered Weaver 22:05
Tanner Roark WAS 4 7 6 5 7 SD Tyson Ross 22:10
Jon Niese NYN 5 2 4 7 3 SF Matt Cain 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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Well-Beered Englishman
Well-Beered Englishman

I am taking my friendly neighbourhood Indians fan to tonight’s Bauer v. Darvish fixture. Excited for the matchup, for the seats (club level, very first row), and for Rangers Park’s recently-upgraded beer selection, which now expands to cover Alaskan, Avery, Stone, and Dogfish Head, along with local favourites Rahr & Sons and Revolver, as well as the typical horse piss not worth dignifying.

However, the neighbourhood Indians fan is a vegetarian, and she may find it difficult to order at a ballpark which now showcases a 16 oz. “Beltre Buster Burger” and two different 24-inch-long sandwiches, one of them a hot dog and the other a “Choomongous” beef sriracha combo.

Mike Green
Mike Green
Well-Beered Englishman
Well-Beered Englishman

Thank you, good sir! I will devour an order of garlic waffle fries in your honour.


Think about how much better those would be after a bowl of Cali’s finest!