Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by viscount of the internet 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
New York AL at Atlanta | 19:10 ET
Severino (23.0 IP, 90 xFIP-) vs. Wisler (64.2 IP, 127 xFIP-)
When observing the New York Yankees, one is observing a club afflicted by uncertainty. When observing Luis Severino, meanwhile, one is observing a pitcher engorged by talent. It’s a sort of litmus test — with which, of the two, one finds him- or herself identifying. Only one choice is sane, however.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Atlanta Radio.
Another Brief Note
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Kansas City at Tampa Bay, starts at 18:10 ET, and can be accessed by means of this hyperlinked text.
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 the calculations both for team and game NERD scores have changed recently to better integrate playoff odds into same. Read more about those adjustments here and here.
|Buck Farmer||DET||4||4||6||10||7||TOR||Drew Hutchison||13:07|
|Joe Kelly||BOS||6||4||5||4||10||NYN||Jacob deGrom||16:05|
|Lance Lynn||STL||5||7||5||7||0||SF||Ryan Vogelsong||16:05|
|Kris Medlen*||KC||9||4||5||4||6||TB||Jake Odorizzi||18:10|
|Chris Rusin||COL||6||4||6||7||5||PIT||J.A. Happ||19:05|
|Tom Koehler||MIA||3||4||5||5||7||WAS||Jo. Zimmermann||19:05|
|Colin Rea||SD||7||3||3||3||1||PHI||Adam Morgan||19:05|
|Keyvius Sampson||CIN||4||4||4||3||4||MIL||Matt Garza||19:10|
|Mike Fiers||HOU||4||8||6||6||2||MIN||Mike Pelfrey||19:10|
|Garrett Richards||LAA||7||6||6||4||10||CLE||Corey Kluber||19:10|
|Luis Severino||NYA||9||10||7||3||4||ATL||Matthew Wisler||19:10|
|Hisashi Iwakuma||SEA||8||4||5||3||7||CHA||Jeff Samardzija||19:10|
|Ubaldo Jimenez||BAL||6||5||6||7||6||TEX||Martin Perez||20:05|
|Aaron Brooks||OAK||6||4||5||4||6||AZ||Jhoulys Chacin*||20:10|
|Jon Lester||CHN||7||5||6||7||6||LAN||Mat Latos||21:10|
* = Fewer than 10 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.
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