NERD Game Scores for Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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
St. Louis at New York NL | 16:10 ET
Martinez (114.1 IP, 92 xFIP-) vs. Syndergaard (111.1 IP, 59 xFIP-)
When a dream is deferred, it dries up like a raisin in the sun. When your cousin Ezra’s admission to Columbia is deferred, he cries while playing Call of Duty for like five or eight hours. When a major-league game is deferred, the clubs frequently schedule it as part of a doubleheader the next day. Hence, the Cardinals-Mets game — postponed last night by inclement weather — will be played as part of a doubleheader today.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: New York NL.

Two Other Brief Notes
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features San Diego at Toronto, starts at 19:07 ET, and can be accessed by means of this hyperlinked text.

Broadcaster Rankings
Earlier this season, the present author facilitated a crowdsourcing effort to reproduce the broadcaster rankings which appeared on this site roughly four years ago. The results from that effort are published here in one easily digestible post.

Complete Schedule
Here’s the complete and very sortable table for all of today’s games. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from 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.

NERD Scores for July 26, 2016
Away SP TM GM TM SP Home Time
Carlos Martinez STL 8 6 7 6 10 NYN Noah Syndergaard 16:10
Jaime Garcia STL 5 6 5 6 4 NYN Bartolo Colon TBD
Chad Bettis COL 6 3 5 9 3 BAL Chris Tillman 19:05
Felix Hernandez SEA 4 4 4 5 4 PIT Francisco Liriano 19:05
Andrew Cashner SD 4 4 6 7 8 TOR Marcus Stroman 19:07
Kyle Hendricks CHN 7 6 5 3 2 CHA James Shields 19:10
Mike Pelfrey DET 1 4 6 9 8 BOS Steven Wright 19:10
Jerad Eickhoff PHI 6 3 4 6 2 MIA Tom Koehler 19:10
Gio Gonzalez WAS 5 8 7 6 8 CLE Danny Salazar 19:10
Sonny Gray OAK 5 3 4 6 0 TEX Nick Martinez 20:05
Patrick Corbin AZ 4 5 4 3 2 MIL Matt Garza 20:10
Lucas Harrell ATL 2 2 3 4 4 MIN Ervin Santana 20:10
CC Sabathia NYA 2 4 4 7 3 HOU Doug Fister 20:10
Tyler Skaggs* LAA 9 3 5 3 7 KC Dillon Gee 20:15
Chris Archer TB 8 5 7 7 7 LAN Bud Norris 22:10
Cody Reed CIN 9 3 5 6 4 SF Matt Cain 22:15
SP denotes pitcher NERD score.
TM denotes team score.
GM denotes overall game score.
Highlighted portion denotes game of the day.

* = Fewer than 10 IP, NERD at discretion of clueless author.

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7 years ago

When a possum is defurred by my cousin Ezra, it’s frequently scheduled to be dinner the next day.