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
Seattle at Boston | 13:35 ET
Walker (70.2 IP, 91 xFIP-) vs. Price (91.2 IP, 78 xFIP-)
While the arbritraily calculated NERD metric produced by the author indicates that this afternoon’s Mariners-Red Sox game is likely to offer the day’s best example of the Pastime, it’s unlikely that either he — or many other of this site’s contributors, in fact — will have the opportunity to inspect it closely. Instead, that same cadre of adorably nebbish men and women will be present at the Staten Island Yankees’ Sabermetrics Day event — for which event it’s necessary to leave literally right now, if managing Dave Cameron’s expression and wild gesticulations are a reliable indicator.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Boston Radio.
Two Other Brief Notes
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Colorado at Miami, starts at 13:10 ET, and can be accessed by means of this hyperlinked text.
Recently, the present author facilitated a crowdsourcing effort to reproduce the broadcaster rankings which appeared on this site roughly four years ago. The updated results for television broadcasts are available by means of this hyperlinked text; for radio, by means of this other 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 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.
|Julio Teheran||ATL||5||2||5||6||8||NYN||Jacob deGrom||13:10|
|Carlos Rodon||CHA||6||3||6||7||7||CLE||Carlos Carrasco||13:10|
|Tyler Anderson*||COL||7||4||5||5||2||MIA||Tom Koehler||13:10|
|Jake Peavy||SF||4||5||5||7||5||TB||Jake Odorizzi||13:10|
|Archie Bradley||AZ||7||6||5||2||4||PHI||Zach Eflin*||13:35|
|Taijuan Walker||SEA||9||6||8||8||8||BOS||David Price||13:35|
|Marcus Stroman||TOR||8||6||6||7||4||BAL||Chris Tillman||13:35|
|Brandon Finnegan||CIN||3||3||4||6||5||HOU||Mike Fiers||14:10|
|Nathan Eovaldi||NYA||9||4||6||5||5||MIN||Ervin Santana||14:10|
|Jordan Zimmermann||DET||4||4||4||5||4||KC||Chris Young||14:15|
|Martin Perez||TEX||4||5||5||6||5||STL||Mike Leake||14:15|
|Jered Weaver||LAA||3||3||2||4||0||OAK||Eric Surkamp||16:05|
|Matt Garza*||MIL||6||4||5||6||5||LAN||Kenta Maeda||16:10|
|Gio Gonzalez||WAS||6||7||6||5||6||SD||Drew Pomeranz||16:40|
|Jameson Taillon||PIT||8||5||7||6||7||CHN||Kyle Hendricks||20:08|
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