Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by sabermetric nobleman 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
Colorado at Los Angeles NL | 16:10 ET
Gray (76.1 IP, 82 xFIP-) vs. McCarthy (Season Debut)
Brandon McCarthy produced excellent fielding-independent numbers during his first four starts for the Dodgers, creating considerable optimism for his fifth one. Today marks the occasion of that fifth start — nearly a year and a half removed from his most recent appearance. The reason for the delay? Not, as one probably assumes, a grant-funded sabbatical to perform research abroad. No, rather: a procedure to reconstruct his UCL and the laborious rehabilitation which follows it. He’s touched 93 mph during his rehab starts according to J.P. Hoornstra of Inside SoCal — which, that probably places his average fastball velocity at something a bit, but not significantly, lower than what he was exhibiting before the injury.
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Two Other Brief Notes
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features the same Colorado and Los Angeles clubs cited above and can be accessed by means of this hyperlinked text.
Recently, the present author facilitated a crowdsourcing effort to reproduce the broadcaster rankings which appeared on this site roughly four years ago. The results from that effort are published here in one easily digestible post.
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. Note that calculations both for team and game NERD scores feature adjustment for postseason odds that increases as season progresses. Read more about those adjustments here and here.
|Corey Kluber||CLE||8||8||6||6||4||TOR||J.A. Happ||13:07|
|Jon Lester||CHN||6||7||7||6||10||NYN||Noah Syndergaard||13:10|
|Mike Pelfrey||DET||1||5||5||6||8||TB||Chris Archer||13:10|
|John Lamb||CIN||3||3||6||7||10||WAS||Stephen Strasburg||13:35|
|Yordano Ventura||KC||5||4||5||2||8||PHI||Vincent Velasquez||13:35|
|Matt Shoemaker||LAA||8||3||5||7||3||BOS||Sean O’Sullivan||13:35|
|Jose Quintana||CHA||5||4||5||6||6||HOU||Collin McHugh||14:10|
|Cole Hamels||TEX||6||5||5||5||3||MIN||Kyle Gibson||14:10|
|Chase Anderson||MIL||3||4||5||6||6||STL||Michael Wacha||14:15|
|Francisco Liriano||PIT||4||4||5||4||7||OAK||Daniel Mengden||16:05|
|Ubaldo Jimenez||BAL||4||8||5||5||3||SEA||Hisashi Iwakuma||16:10|
|Jon Gray||COL||10||4||8||7||9||LAN||Brandon McCarthy*||16:10|
|Albert Suarez||SF||4||6||6||6||8||AZ||Robbie Ray||16:10|
|Chad Green*||NYA||10||4||5||5||2||SD||Andrew Cashner||16:40|
|Adam Conley||MIA||4||5||4||2||4||ATL||Matt Wisler||20:05|
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