NERD Game Scores: An Historic Zack Greinke Possible 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
Washington at Pittsburgh | 13:35 ET
Ross (26.2 IP, 66 xFIP-) vs. Cole (124.2 IP, 79 xFIP-)
Owing to the author’s combo package of ungovernable sloth and wide-ranging incompetence, there’s no adjustment included in any of the NERD algorithms to account for those games in which a player is expected to pursue some manner of historical record. So, for example, Zack Greinke’s current streak of 43.2 consecutive scoreless innings is ignored by the figures one finds in the table below. Fortunately, the totalitarian dystopia within which one is forced by law to watch only the top-rated game as determined by the author — fortunately, that bleak hellscape exists only in the future. As such, the reader is permitted to observe Greinke’s start without recourse.

Were one interested in consuming a different game, however, this Washington-Pittsburgh contest would appear to offer no little aesthetic possibility. Both of the relevant clubs are currently in the very real midst of a postseason race. Moreover, one finds that Joe Ross and Gerrit Cole are scheduled to start — the latter having been excellent this season, like everyone expected; the former, also excellent, but in a way no one expected at all.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Washington Radio.

One Other Brief Note
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Baltimore at Tampa Bay, starts at 13:10 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. Note that the calculations both for team and game NERD scores have changed recently to better integrate playoff odds into same. Read more about those changes here, if you’re the sort of person accustomed to making poor life decisions.

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Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Wei-Yin Chen BAL 5 6 4 3 0 TB Matt Moore 13:10
Carlos Rodon CHA 8 1 5 4 10 CLE Danny Salazar 13:10
Zack Greinke LAN 6 8 7 6 10 NYN Jacob deGrom 13:10
Joe Ross WAS 10 7 9 8 10 PIT Gerrit Cole 13:35
Dallas Keuchel HOU 9 10 8 5 9 KC Yordano Ventura 14:10
Nathan Eovaldi NYA 7 8 6 5 5 MIN Kyle Gibson 14:10
Matthew Wisler ATL 4 2 4 3 9 STL Michael Wacha 14:15
Aaron Nola* PHI 10 2 6 5 7 CHN Jason Hammel 14:10
Nick Martinez TEX 2 3 5 8 8 LAA Andrew Heaney 15:35
Kend. Graveman OAK 4 4 5 8 4 SF Tim Hudson 16:05
Mi. Lorenzen CIN 3 4 3 3   COL Kyle Kendrick 16:10
Mat Latos MIA 6 5 4 3 4 SD Od. Despaigne 16:10
Matt Garza MIL 4 3 4 5 4 AZ Jeremy Hellickson 16:10
Mark Buehrle TOR 5 10 7 3 10 SEA Taijuan Walker 16:10
Shane Greene DET 4 4 4 3 7 BOS Ed. Rodriguez 20:08

* = Fewer than 10 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.

Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.

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8 years ago

Not even a 0 for Kyle Kendrick, just a… nothing. Seems perfectly appropriate.