NERD Game Scores for July 2, 2017

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
Washington at St. Louis | 20:05 ET
Scherzer (113.2 IP, 74 xFIP-) vs. Martinez (106.1 IP, 80 xFIP-)
The author’s haphazardly constructed algorithm has once again exhibited its capacity to sniff out the Obvious, identifying today’s Nationals-Cardinals game as most likely to facilitate something wonderful. This is due in large part to the game’s probable starters, Max Scherzer and Carlos Martinez, each of whom rank among the league’s top-10 pitchers by WAR — both by the sort that’s calculated with FIP and also the sort that calculated with runs allowed. This is due, in smaller part, to a number of other reasons too inconsequential to discuss.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: St. Louis Radio.

Another Brief Note
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features San Francisco at Pittsburgh, starts at 13:35 ET, and can be accessed by means of this hyperlinked text.

Complete Schedule
Here’s the complete and also sortable table for all of today’s games. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from 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.

NERD Scores for July 2, 2017
Away SP TM GM TM SP Home Time
Drew Pomeranz BOS 6 6 6 4 6 TOR Joe Biagini 13:07
Jake Arrieta CHN 6 6 5 6 3 CIN Tim Adleman 13:10
Mike Clevinger CLE 6 7 5 3 4 DET Justin Verlander 13:10
Nick Pivetta PHI 6 3 5 5 6 NYN Rafael Montero 13:10
Jeff Samardzija SF 10 2 6 3 7 PIT Trevor Williams 13:35
Alex Cobb TB 2 7 4 3 4 BAL Kevin Gausman 13:35
Dan Straily MIA 6 4 4 8 0 MIL Junior Guerra 14:10
Luis Severino NYA 10 9 7 5 4 HOU Mike Fiers 14:10
Tyson Ross TEX 3 5 4 4 4 CHA Jose Quintana 14:10
Hector Santiago MIN 0 5 3 4 3 KC Travis Wood* 14:15
James Paxton SEA 9 3 5 3 3 LAA Jesse Chavez 15:37
Julio Teheran ATL 2 3 4 4 7 OAK Sean Manaea 16:05
German Marquez COL 7 5 7 8 6 AZ Taijuan Walker 16:10
Kenta Maeda LAN 6 8 6 5 6 SD Jhoulys Chacin 16:40
Max Scherzer WAS 10 6 8 4 10 STL Carlos Martinez 20:05
SP denotes pitcher NERD score.
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.

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

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6 years ago

Maybe I missed something a long time ago, but why are some of the team abbreviations different than the official team abbreviations?