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
Cincinnati at Cleveland | 18:10 ET
Bonilla (18.1 IP, 116 xFIP-) vs. Bauer (44.2 IP, 81 xFIP-)
By each of those three variables that inform run-prevention beyond the three included in expected FIP, Bauer has fared almost as poorly as possible. Among qualified pitchers, he’s conceded nearly the most home runs per fly ball. He’s allowed nearly the most hits per ball in play. He’s stranded nearly the fewest runners who’ve reached base against him. To observe Trevor Bauer is to observe a plaything of the arbitrary. It is to observe… ourselves!
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Another Brief Note
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Toronto at Milwaukee, starts at 13:10 ET, and can be accessed by means of this hyperlinked text.
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.
|Jose Berrios||MIN||9||7||5||4||1||BAL||Chris Tillman||12:35|
|Marcus Stroman||TOR||8||3||6||8||4||MIL||Matt Garza||13:10|
|Edinson Volquez||MIA||3||4||4||6||4||OAK||Sonny Gray||15:35|
|Jose Quintana||CHA||3||4||5||9||6||AZ||Randall Delgado*||15:40|
|Lisalverto Bonilla||CIN||6||8||7||5||8||CLE||Trevor Bauer||18:10|
|Tyler Chatwood||COL||6||7||4||5||0||PHI||Jeremy Hellickson||19:05|
|Jason Hammel||KC||1||3||6||9||10||NYA||Luis Severino||19:05|
|Sam Gaviglio*||SEA||6||2||4||6||3||WAS||Tanner Roark||19:05|
|Ricky Nolasco||LAA||3||4||6||8||9||TB||Erasmo Ramirez||19:10|
|Jarred Cosart||SD||3||5||5||5||6||NYN||Robert Gsellman||19:10|
|Martin Perez||TEX||4||5||6||3||10||BOS||Chris Sale||19:10|
|Trevor Williams||PIT||5||2||3||3||1||ATL||Julio Teheran||19:35|
|Matt Moore||SF||3||2||4||6||5||CHN||Kyle Hendricks||20:05|
|Daniel Norris||DET||3||3||5||6||8||HOU||Charlie Morton||20:10|
|Mike Leake||STL||6||4||5||6||4||LAN||Rich Hill||22:10|
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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