NERD Game Scores for Tuesday, June 14, 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
Chicago NL at Washington | 19:05 ET
Lackey (82.0 IP, 84 xFIP-) vs. Gonzalez (71.0 IP, 88 xFIP-)
Three questions to contemplate while leisurely consuming this leisure game:

Both the Cubs and Nationals are in first place. At what point does the prospect of a pennant chase begin to feel “real”?

How would Nigel Warburton, host of podcast Philosophy Bites, pronounce the phrase “feel real”?

How would one render Warburton’s pronunciation into print by way of the International Phonetic Alphabet?

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Chicago NL TV or Washington Radio.

Two Other Brief Notes
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features the same Cubs and Nationals teams cited above, and can be accessed by means of this hyperlinked text.

Broadcaster Rankings
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.

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 June 14, 2016
Away SP TM GM TM SP Home Time
Zach Eflin* PHI 7 2 5 5 7 TOR Marcus Stroman 12:37
John Lackey CHN 8 7 7 7 5 WAS Gio Gonzalez 19:05
Chris Tillman BAL 4 7 7 8 8 BOS David Price 19:10
Brandon Finnegan CIN 3 3 3 2 5 ATL Julio Teheran 19:10
TBA PIT 5 5 6 5 7 NYN Jacob deGrom 19:10
Taijuan Walker SEA 9 6 7 6 5 TB Jake Odorizzi 19:10
Jordan Zimmermann DET 4 4 4 3 3 CHA Miguel Gonzalez 20:10
Josh Tomlin CLE 5 7 5 4 4 KC Chris Young 20:15
Doug Fister HOU 2 6 5 6 5 STL Jaime Garcia 20:15
Nathan Eovaldi NYA 10 4 5 4 3 COL Jorge de la Rosa 20:40
Kenta Maeda LAN 5 6 6 6 6 AZ Archie Bradley 21:40
Ervin Santana MIN 5 5 5 3 6 LAA Jhoulys Chacin 22:05
Martin Perez TEX 4 5 3 4 0 OAK Eric Surkamp 22:05
Tom Koehler MIA 1 5 4 5 6 SD Drew Pomeranz 22:10
Matt Garza* MIL 5 5 6 5 7 SF Madison Bumgarner 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.

Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.

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6 years ago

The game is not on yet, but: /fi:l r??l/ probably

EDIT: Oh no, the FG comments can’t display the dotless /i/ nor the schwa 🙁