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
Washington at Piitsburgh | 19:10 ET
Stephen Strasburg (61.1 IP, 67 xFIP-, 1.7 WAR) faces Gerrit Cole (58.2 IP, 89 xFIP-, 0.4 WAR) — which pitchers are ranked ninth and fourth, respectively, by average fastball velocity among qualified starters. Regarding Strasburg, specifically, both his Steamer and ZiPS updated end-of-season lines indicate that he’s likely to surpass his career-best 4.1 WAR mark from 2012.
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Regarding Kluber, What Else He Is Currently
Another thing Corey Kluber is — according to celebrity philosopher Slavoj Žižek, at least — is the “spectre [that’s] haunting Western academia.”
Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game hadn’t been announced as of press time, but 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.
|Corey Kluber||CLE||9||5||6||4||4||BAL||Ubaldo Jimenez||12:35|
|Jesse Chavez||OAK||7||6||7||7||8||TOR||R.A. Dickey||13:07|
|Vidal Nuno||NYA||2||5||3||3||2||CHA||John Danks||14:10|
|Dan Haren||LAN||5||6||5||2||5||PHI||David Buchanan*||15:05|
|Nick Martinez||TEX||3||2||5||5||7||DET||Rick Porcello||16:08|
|Josh Collmenter||AZ||2||5||4||2||6||NYN||Zack Wheeler||16:10|
|Jake Peavy||BOS||1||3||5||6||10||TB||David Price||16:10|
|Juan Nicasio||COL||3||9||5||7||6||ATL||Mike Minor||16:10|
|Wily Peralta||MIL||8||4||7||9||7||MIA||Jacob Turner||16:10|
|James Shields||KC||6||3||6||8||7||LAA||Matt Shoemaker*||19;15|
|Jaime Garcia*||STL||8||3||5||2||3||CIN||Tony Cingrani||19:15|
|St. Strasburg||WAS||10||5||9||6||10||PIT||Gerrit Cole||19:15|
|Sam Deduno*||MIN||5||4||4||6||1||SF||Ryan Vogelsong||22:05|
|Travis Wood||CHN||4||5||5||5||5||SD||Billy Buckner*||22:10|
|B. Oberholtzer||HOU||4||8||4||5||3||SEA||Brandon Maurer||22:10|
To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.
Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.