NERD Game Scores for July 5, 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.

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Most Highly Rated Game
Arizona at Los Angeles NL | 22:10 ET
Godley (64.0 IP, 80 xFIP-) vs. Wood (73.2 IP, 60 xFIP-)
One might not feel comfortable regarding either Zack Godley or Alex Wood as above-average — or even elite — major-league pitchers. One, employing reason, likely feels uncomfortable about a number of other things in the world, as well, though. Perhaps tonight’s game is best regarded, then, as a training ground for discomfort.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Los Angeles NL Television.

Another Brief Note
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Chicago AL at Oakland, starts at 15:35 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 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.

NERD Scores for July 5, 2017
Away SP TM GM TM SP Home Time
Marco Estrada TOR 5 3 6 8 9 NYA Michael Pineda 13:05
Blake Snell TB 2 7 5 6 5 CHN John Lackey 14:20
Mike Pelfrey CHA 0 4 4 4 8 OAK Sonny Gray 15:35
Jacob deGrom NYN 10 5 6 5 4 WAS Tanner Roark 19:05
Gerrit Cole PIT 9 4 4 3 1 PHI Ben Lively 19:05
Jayson Aquino* BAL 5 3 5 8 3 MIL Matt Garza 19:10
Luis Perdomo SD 8 5 7 7 8 CLE Trevor Bauer 19:10
Ty Blach SF 4 3 4 4 4 DET Daniel Norris 19:10
Joe Musgrove HOU 7 5 5 3 4 ATL Jaime Garcia 19:35
Doug Fister BOS 4 6 4 5 1 TEX Andrew Cashner 20:05
Parker Bridwell LAA 3 3 4 6 3 MIN Ervin Santana 20:10
Edinson Volquez MIA 3 4 5 5 7 STL Mike Leake 20:15
Scott Feldman CIN 4 6 6 6 7 COL Jon Gray 20:40
Zack Godley AZ 8 8 8 8 10 LAN Alex Wood 22:10
Jason Vargas KC 5 5 4 3 2 SEA Ariel Miranda 22:10
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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Carson, A Training Ground for Discomfort sounds like a title from your bibliography. Are you working on a new book?