Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by sabermetric forefather 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.
How are they calculated? Haphazardly, is how. An explanation of the components and formulae which produce these NERD scores is available here. All objections to the numbers here are probably justified, on account of how this entire endeavor is absurd.
Most Highly Rated Game
San Diego at Arizona | 21:40 ET
Lamet (10.0 IP, 75 xFIP-) vs. Ray (69.0 IP, 84 xFIP-)
Beethoven’s third — known as the Heroic Symphony — marked the beginning of his “creative middle-period,” according to a source familiar with the situation. As for what Dinelson Lamet’s third will mark, this is uncertain. His first two have been excellent, however. Over 10.0 innings, the 24-year-old right-hander has recorded nearly a 40% strikeout rate, sitting at roughly 96 mph with his fastball.
Here’s an example of not his fastball, but his slider, with which pitch he’s recorded a swing and miss 20% of the time:
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Another Brief Note
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game hadn’t been announced as of press time, but can be accessed by means of this hyperlinked text if and when it becomes available.
Here’s the complete and also sortable table for all of today’s games. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and 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.
|Drew Pomeranz||BOS||7||5||7||8||6||NYA||Masahiro Tanaka||19:05|
|Ivan Nova||PIT||5||3||4||4||4||BAL||Kevin Gausman||19:05|
|Jose Quintana||CHA||4||4||6||8||8||TB||Chris Archer||19:10|
|Jesse Chavez||LAA||4||3||3||3||3||DET||Daniel Norris||19:10|
|Adam Wainwright||STL||4||4||5||8||3||CIN||Tim Adleman||19:10|
|Aaron Nola||PHI||7||4||4||2||3||ATL||Jaime Garcia||19:35|
|Matt Cain||SF||2||2||4||7||4||MIL||Chase Anderson||19:40|
|Jeff Locke*||MIA||7||5||6||6||7||CHN||Jake Arrieta||20:05|
|Jacob deGrom||NYN||10||5||6||4||5||TEX||Dillon Gee*||20:05|
|David Paulino*||HOU||9||6||6||2||5||KC||Jakob Junis*||20:15|
|Mike Clevinger||CLE||6||6||6||7||6||COL||Antonio Senzatela||20:40|
|Dinelson Lamet||SD||10||4||8||8||8||AZ||Robbie Ray||21:40|
|Marco Estrada||TOR||7||4||5||5||5||OAK||Jesse Hahn||22:05|
|Hector Santiago||MIN||0||6||5||2||10||SEA||James Paxton||22:10|
|Max Scherzer||WAS||9||6||7||7||7||LAN||Bran. McCarthy||22:10|
TM denotes team score.
GM denotes overall game score.
Highlighted portion denotes game of the day.
* = Fewer than 10 IP, NERD at discretion of doomed author.
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