NERD Game Scores for June 13, 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 Detroit | 19:10 ET
Greinke (84.0 IP, 70 xFIP-) vs. Farmer (13.0 IP, 62 xFIP-)
Whatever the qualities that draw one to a particular athletic contest, it’s almost certain that one of them is the prospect of seeing that which one has never seen before. This contest between Arizona and Detroit offers such an opportunity — namely, to observe as right-hander Buck Farmer starts a game having recorded one of the best pitching lines in the majors. Over two starts and 13.0 innings, Farmer has recorded strikeout and walk rates of 34.8% and 6.5%, respectively, a 62 xFIP-, and about a single win above replacement, whether calculated by means of FIP or ERA. This is both improbable and reality.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Detroit Radio.

Another Brief Note
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Baltimore at Chicago AL, starts at 20:10 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 June 13, 2017
Away SP TM GM TM SP Home Time
TBA* MIL 5 7 5 4 3 STL Lance Lynn 14:15
TBA* MIL 5 7 6 4 6 STL Marco Gonzales* 20:15
R.A. Dickey ATL 6 2 6 6 9 WAS Joe Ross 19:05
Tyler Chatwood COL 6 7 6 3 9 PIT Gerrit Cole 19:05
Jacob Faria* TB 7 8 7 5 7 TOR Marco Estrada 19:07
Zack Greinke AZ 8 9 8 3 10 DET Buck Farmer 19:10
Jon Lester CHN 6 6 6 6 6 NYN Zack Wheeler 19:10
Clayton Kershaw LAN 9 7 8 6 8 CLE Trevor Bauer 19:10
Jharel Cotton OAK 3 5 3 4 2 MIA Jose Urena 19:10
Ben Lively PHI 1 4 3 5 3 BOS David Price 19:10
Alec Asher BAL 5 3 4 4 2 CHA Derek Holland 20:10
Christian Bergman SEA 3 2 3 6 3 MIN Kyle Gibson 20:10
Nick Martinez TEX 3 4 6 6 9 HOU Brad Peacock 20:10
CC Sabathia NYA 5 9 6 3 7 LAA JC Ramirez 22:07
Scott Feldman CIN 4 7 6 5 8 SD Clayton Richard 22:10
Jason Vargas KC 5 2 4 2 5 SF Ty Blach 22:15
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.





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HappyFunBallmember
5 years ago

Can we add some sort of adjustment factor for the combustibility of the Nats’ bullpen? It’s really quite amazing to watch, and makes for gripping viewing.

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5 years ago
Reply to  HappyFunBall

Adjusting upwards for that makes rating Ross as a 9 a bit more stomachable.