NERD Game Scores for June 27, 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
St. Louis at Arizona | 21:40 ET
Martinez (100.1 IP, 80 xFIP-) vs. Walker (63.0 IP, 94 xFIP-)
The author’s haphazardly constructed algorithm has identified this game as today’s most compelling due largely to the quality of the probable starters. Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez is in the midst of his best season by whatever metric — FIP- or xFIP- or ERA- — one cares to utilize. In a not unrelated development, he’s produced what would amount to the highest strikeout rate of his career by some margin. Taijuan Walker, for his part, has recorded strikeout and walk rates commensurate with his established levels. While having traditionally underperformed his expected FIPs, however, he’s now outperforming that same metric with the D-backs.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: St. Louis Radio.

Another Brief Note
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Colorado at San Francisco, starts at 22:15 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 June 27, 2017
Away SP TM GM TM SP Home Time
Jake Arrieta CHN 6 7 7 6 10 WAS Max Scherzer 19:05
Alex Cobb TB 2 7 4 3 6 PIT Trevor Williams 19:05
Kevin Gausman BAL 4 3 5 4 7 TOR Joe Biagini 19:07
Matt Strahm* KC 7 3 4 3 3 DET Justin Verlander 19:10
Junior Guerra MIL 0 7 4 6 3 CIN Tim Adleman 19:10
Hector Santiago MIN 0 6 4 5 6 BOS Drew Pomeranz 19:10
Robert Gsellman NYN 6 5 5 4 6 MIA Dan Straily 19:10
Tyson Ross* TEX 5 5 5 6 5 CLE Mike Clevinger 19:10
Luis Severino NYA 10 8 7 4 5 CHA Jose Quintana 20:10
Sean Manaea OAK 8 4 5 5 4 HOU Mike Fiers 20:10
Carlos Martinez STL 10 5 8 9 7 AZ Taijuan Walker 21:40
Sean Newcomb ATL 8 3 6 5 6 SD Jhoulys Chacin 22:10
Jesse Chavez LAA 3 4 5 9 6 LAN Kenta Maeda 22:10
Aaron Nola PHI 7 3 6 3 9 SEA James Paxton 22:10
Jeff Hoffman COL 8 6 5 2 2 SF Matt Cain 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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