Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by sabermetric nobleman 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. Read more about the components of and formulae for NERD scores here.
Most Highly Rated Game
Oakland at Seattle | 22:10 ET
Hill (49.2 IP, 89 xFIP-) vs. Walker (42.2 IP, 78 xFIP-)
One might be inclined, instead of opting for this game, to choose the one which features the Rays and Marlins, on account of that contest offers not only (a) two reasonably compelling starters but also (b) one of the very best center-field cameras in all of baseball. As opposed to this game, that is, which features two compelling starters, as well, but one of the worst center-field cameras. Unless there have been developments in the meantime, that is. In which case: ignore this entire brief entry. Whatever the case, the consequences are almost non-existent and we’re an embarrassment to our ancestors.
Readers’ Preferred Television Broadcast: Oakland Athletics.
Two Other Brief Notes
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Los Angeles AL at Texas, starts at 20:05 ET, and can be accessed by means of this hyperlinked text.
Recently, the present author began the process of process of reproducing the broadcaster rankings which appeared on this site roughly four years ago. The final installment of the results from that effort — for television broadcasts, at least — appeared Thursday.
Here’s the complete and very sortable table for all of today’s games. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and also 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.
|Jordan Lyles||COL||1||4||3||5||3||PIT||Ryan Vogelsong*||12:35|
|Mike Clevinger*||CLE||8||6||4||4||0||CHA||Mat Latos||17:10|
|Cody Anderson||CLE||6||6||5||4||4||CHA||Erik Johnson*||TBD|
|Bartolo Colon||NYN||6||6||5||6||4||WAS||Gio Gonzalez||19:05|
|Vince Velasquez||PHI||9||3||5||4||2||DET||Mike Pelfrey||19:10|
|Matt Moore||TB||7||7||7||6||7||MIA||Wei-Yin Chen||19:10|
|Nick Tropeano||LAA||3||2||2||4||1||TEX||Derek Holland||20:05|
|Ian Kennedy||KC||4||4||5||6||6||MIN||Ricky Nolasco||20:10|
|John Lackey||CHN||7||8||6||6||4||STL||Adam Wainwright||20:15|
|Brandon Finnegan||CIN||3||3||6||5||10||LAN||Clayton Kershaw||22:10|
|Rich Hill||OAK||6||4||7||6||10||SEA||Taijuan Walker||22:10|
|Drew Pomeranz||SD||6||5||6||4||7||SF||Johnny Cueto||22:15|
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