NERD Game Scores for June 30, 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
New York AL at Houston | 20:10 ET
Pineda (87.1 IP, 79 xFIP-) vs. McCullers (81.2 IP, 60 xFIP-)
One might be inclined to think that, on account of how good Chris Sale has been this year, that he’s certainly recorded the top expected FIP mark (xFIP-) among all qualified pitchers. It’s actually true that he’s done that. It’s also true that so has Lance McCullers, though. Entering play today, both pitchers have produced a park-adjusted xFIP 40% better than league average. Only one of them is expected to pitch tonight, however. McCullers is who.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Houston Radio.

Another Brief Note
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Minnesota at Kansas City, starts at 20:15 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 30, 2017
Away SP TM GM TM SP Home Time
Johnny Cueto SF 6 2 5 3 8 PIT Gerrit Cole 19:05
Jacob Faria TB 9 7 5 4 0 BAL Chris Tillman 19:05
Doug Fister* BOS 6 6 6 4 6 TOR Marco Estrada 19:07
Mike Montgomery CHN 6 7 6 6 4 CIN Scott Feldman 19:10
Josh Tomlin CLE 6 7 5 3 3 DET Anibal Sanchez 19:10
Ben Lively PHI 1 3 5 5 10 NYN Jacob deGrom 19:10
Edinson Volquez MIA 3 4 4 7 3 MIL Matt Garza 20:10
Michael Pineda NYA 9 8 8 5 10 HOU Lance McCullers 20:10
Austin Bibens-Dirkx TEX 0 5 2 4 0 CHA Mike Pelfrey 20:10
Ervin Santana MIN 3 5 4 3 5 KC Jason Vargas 20:15
Tanner Roark WAS 5 6 6 4 7 STL Mike Leake 20:15
Jon Gray COL 5 5 7 9 8 AZ Robbie Ray 21:40
Mike Foltynewicz ATL 6 2 5 5 8 OAK Sonny Gray 22:05
Ariel Miranda SEA 2 3 3 3 3 LAA Parker Bridwell 22:07
Alex Wood LAN 10 9 8 5 7 SD Clayton Richard 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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Famous Mortimer
6 years ago

Are the team scores on the “rules” page constantly updated, or is that just frozen at the point in time you created it?