NERD Game Scores for Sunday, June 22, 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.

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Most Highly Rated Game
San Francisco at Arizona | 16:10 ET
Madison Bumgarner (94.2 IP, 78 xFIP-, 1.9 WAR) faces Michael Bolsinger (30.0 IP, 83 xFIP-, 0.1 WAR). While the virtues of the former are mostly conspicuous, one notes that the latter has produced excellent fielding-independent numbers, as well, including strikeout and walk rates of 20.1% and 5.8%, respectively, and a park-adjusted xFIP nearly 20% better than league average. Of note regarding Bolsinger: his cutter (ca. 65%) and curveball (ca. 33%) account for nearly 100% of the pitches he’s thrown this season.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: San Francisco Radio or Television.

Three Brief Notes
Regarding Yu Darvish, Why His NERD Score Remains Low-ish
Despite having recorded a strikeout rate of nearly 30% and also the second-highest WAR among all pitchers so far this season, Yu Darvish‘s NERD score remains low-ish due to a merely good swinging-strike rate (10.2%), a below-average overall strike rate (62.8%) and one of the league’s slowest working paces (24.7 seconds between pitches).

Regarding Matt Showmaker, His Charms
Darvish’s opponent tonight is Matt Shoemaker, a 27-year-old rookie who’s produced the eighth-best park-adjusted xFIP among the 186 pitchers to have recorded at least 20 innings as a starter and who features a changeup of no little merit — superlative examples of which pitch one can find below at 0:17, 0:29, 0:34, 0:58, and 1:05.

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features the New York Nationals and Miami, starts at 1:10pm 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 MLB.com and also the rest of the internet.

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Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Max Scherzer DET 7 4 6 5 6 CLE Josh Tomlin 13:05
Jon Niese NYN 4 2 5 7 6 MIA A. DeSclafani* 13:10
R.A. Dickey TOR 8 7 7 3 8 CIN Johnny Cueto 13:10
Ervin Santana ATL 8 7 7 7 5 WAS Tanner Roark 13:35
Dallas Keuchel HOU 8 6 5 6 0 TB Erik Bedard 13:40
Chris Tillman BAL 2 4 6 4 10 NYA Masahiro Tanaka 14:05
John Danks CHA 2 2 5 4 8 MIN Phil Hughes 14:10
Roenis Elias SEA 6 4 7 5 10 KC Yordano Ventura 14:10
Kyle Kendrick PHI 1 1 3 3 6 STL Carlos Martinez* 14:15
Brandon Cumpton PIT 6 5 6 5 7 CHN Jason Hammel 14:20
Jon Lester BOS 7 2 5 7 2 OAK Tommy Milone 16:05
Hyun-Jin Ryu LAN 5 6 5 4 4 SD Eric Stults 16:10
Kyle Lohse MIL 5 7 6 10 6 COL Tyler Matzek* 16:10
M. Bumgarner SF 9 7 8 6 9 AZ Michael Bolsinger 16:10
Yu Darvish TEX 6 3 7 6 10 LAA Matt Shoemaker 20:07

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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