NERD Game Scores for Friday, July 18, 2014

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
San Francisco at Miami | 19:10 ET
Madison Bumgarner (127.0 IP, 82 xFIP-, 2.1 WAR) faces Nathan Eovaldi (119.2 IP, 106 xFIP-, 2.0 WAR). The pleasures of the former are nearly, if not entirely, conspicuous. Regarding the latter, however, one finds that he currently sits third among 94 qualified pitchers by average fastball velocity (95.7 mph) while also throwing strikes at a rate (66.4%) about a standard deviation better than league average, as well. By way of reference, here are some figures produced by starters who’ve recorded both fastball velocities and strike rates at least a standard deviation better than the mean: 90 xFIP-, 101 ERA-. And among those who lack that distinction: 106 xFIP-, 110 ERA-. All things being equal, not surprisingly, throwing hard strikes is of some benefit to the end of run prevention.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: San Francisco Radio or Television.

Two Brief Notes
Regarding Curt Casali, Who That Person Is and Why
With Ryan Hanigan having been sent to the disabled list, Tampa Bay have promoted catcher Curt Casali to the major-league club. The 25-year-old is of some interest owing to a minor-league record which features a number of season with walk-to-strikeout ratios above 1.0.

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Tampa Bay at Minnesota, starts at 8:10 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
Mike Leake CIN 6 3 4 2 2 NYA David Phelps 19:05
Jorge de la Rosa COL 1 9 4 5 6 PIT Francisco Liriano 19:05
Kyle Lohse MIL 5 6 7 7 10 WAS St. Strasburg 19:05
Yu Darvish TEX 7 4 7 5 9 TOR R.A. Dickey 19:07
Trevor Bauer CLE 6 7 6 4 5 DET Anibal Sanchez 19:08
James Shields KC 6 5 4 2 3 BOS Clay Buchholz 19:10
M. Bumgarner SF 9 6 8 7 7 MIA Nathan Eovaldi 19:10
A.J. Burnett PHI 2 2 5 7 8 ATL Ervin Santana 19:35
Scott Feldman HOU 1 8 4 2 6 CHA Jose Quintana 20:10
Alex Cobb TB 7 6 5 4 3 MIN Kyle Gibson 20:10
Dan Haren LAN 6 4 5 3 4 STL Lance Lynn 20:15
Edwin Jackson CHN 4 4 5 5 5 AZ Trevor Cahill* 21:40
Chris Tillman BAL 1 6 5 7 8 OAK Jeff Samardzija 22:05
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 8 5 6 7 3 LAA Jered Weaver 22:05
Bartolo Colon NYN 5 3 5 4 7 SD Ian Kennedy 22:10

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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