NERD Game Scores: Entirely Gratis Felix Hernandez 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
Seattle at Chicago AL | 14:10 ET
Felix Hernandez (128.1 IP, 61 xFIP-, 4.8 WAR) faces Jose Quintana (104.2 IP, 88 xFIP-, 2.6 WAR). After his most recent appearance, the former has now produced the fifth-lowest park- and league-adjusted xFIP among qualified starters since 2002 (i.e. the earliest year for which that metric is available) — and the absolute lowest such mark since Randy Johnson recorded a 59 xFIP- with Arizona in 2004.

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Two Brief Notes
Periodic George Springer Status Update
Through 306 plate appearances, Houston rookie George Springer has recorded 17 home runs (including one yesterday, embedded below), a line of .242/.350/.477 (.361 BABIP), a 131 wRC+, and a 1.7 WAR.

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features the actual same teams, at the actual same time, as today’s most highly rated game — 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
Miguel Gonzalez BAL 1 6 4 2 6 BOS Jon Lester 13:05
Ubaldo Jimenez BAL 2 6 5 2 8 BOS John Lackey 19:15
David Phelps NYA 2 3 4 4 5 MIN Yohan Pino* 14:10
Felix Hernandez SEA 10 5 7 2 6 CHA Jose Quintana 14:10
Andrew Heaney* MIA 7 7 5 3 2 STL Shelby Miller 14:15
Undecided* CHN 5 4 5 7 5 WAS Gio Gonzalez 16:05
David Buchanan PHI 4 2 3 4 2 PIT Edinson Volquez 16:05
Chris Archer TB 6 6 5 4 5 DET Anibal Sanchez 16:08
Mike Bolsinger AZ 8 6 6 7 4 ATL Aaron Harang 16:10
Dan Haren LAN 4 5 4 9 2 COL Jorge de la Rosa 16:10
Matt Garza MIL 4 7 6 3 8 CIN Homer Bailey 16:10
Jeremy Guthrie KC 3 5 6 7 8 CLE T.J. House 19:05
Tim Hudson SF 5 5 4 3 4 SD O. Despaigne* 19:15
Colby Lewis TEX 3 4 4 3 5 NYN Bartolo Colon 19:15
Scott Feldman HOU 2 8 3 6 2 LAA Hector Santiago 22:05
Mark Buehrle TOR 4 7 6 7 6 OAK Scott Kazmir 22:05

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

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I couldn’t sleep last night thinking about my first major league start. It didn’t help getting all those nervous tweets from poor PTBNL. Guess he had insomnia too.

Really enjoyed watching the fireworks from the nation’s capital though. Been quite a 24 hour stretch here.