NERD Game Scores for July 9, 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
Milwaukee at New York AL | 13:05 ET
Nelson (104.0 IP, 77 xFIP-) vs. Tanaka (97.2 IP, 87 xFIP-)
For the second straight day, the author’s haphazardly constructed algorithm has selected a Brewers-Yankees games as the day’s most compelling. Each club’s probability of taking their division remains within shouting distance of 50% by the coin-flip method (which seems to best model how the dumb human mind conceives of a playoff race). Accordingly, both clubs are confronted by a sense of mounting urgency.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Milwaukee Radio.

Another Brief Note
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Los Angeles AL at Texas, starts at 15:05 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 9, 2017
Away SP TM GM TM SP Home Time
Jimmy Nelson MIL 8 7 8 8 8 NYA Masahiro Tanaka 13:05
Brad Peacock HOU 8 5 6 4 7 TOR J.A. Happ 13:07
David Price BOS 4 6 7 7 9 TB Chris Archer 13:10
Jameson Taillon PIT 8 3 6 6 7 CHN Jon Lester 13:10
Sean Newcomb ATL 7 3 5 5 7 WAS Joe Ross 13:35
Trevor Cahill SD 8 5 5 3 3 PHI Jerad Eickhoff 13:35
Ubaldo Jimenez BAL 2 4 4 6 2 MIN Kyle Gibson 14:10
Steven Matz NYN 4 5 4 5 3 STL Lance Lynn 14:15
JC Ramirez LAA 7 3 5 6 6 TEX Yu Darvish 15:05
Carlos Rodon CHA 5 4 4 5 3 COL Kyle Freeland 15:10
Jose Urena MIA 4 4 4 3 6 SF Johnny Cueto 16:05
Homer Bailey CIN 3 6 6 7 7 AZ Patrick Corbin 16:10
Danny Duffy KC 4 5 6 7 10 LAN Clayton Kershaw 16:10
Daniel Gossett OAK 7 4 5 3 7 SEA Felix Hernandez 16:10
Michael Fulmer DET 8 3 7 8 10 CLE Corey Kluber 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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5 years ago

Hope you are doing one for tonight’s slate. This is by far my fav piece on FG. Thanks for doing this.