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 NL at Washington | 19:05 ET
Harvey (166.1 IP, 87 xFIP-) vs. Zimmermann (173.0 IP, 98 xFIP-)
A lot has to happen for the Washington Nationals — which club currently possesses playoff odds somewhere between 10% and 16%, depending on methodology — a lot has to happen for the Nationals to qualify for the postseason. Roughly one-fifth of it could happen tonight, however, as those Nationals — currently trailing the Mets by five games in the NL East — are scheduled to play that same Mets club tonight along the banks of the Anacostia. The other option, of course, is that Washington loses the game, thus rendering moot all hope.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: New York NL Television.
Two Brief Notes
Debut: Carl Edwards, RHP, Chicago NL
Right-handed Cubs prospect Carl (C. J.) Edwards recorded his major-league debut for that same club on Monday, working an inning of relief. Selected in the 48th round of the 2011 draft and signed for just $50,000, Edwards was ranked sixth among Chicago prospects by Kiley McDaniel this past offseason and 64th among all prospects everywhere. Working exclusively in relief this year, Edwards has exhibited the ability to miss bats (posting a 32.3% strikeout rate), but less of an ability to throw strikes (producing also a 17.7% walk rate). He throws a curveball whose break can be expressed perfectly by the Fibonacci sequence.
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features the same New York and Washington clubs mentioned above, 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.
|Ryan Weber*||ATL||5||3||4||3||5||PHI||Aaron Nola||19:05|
|Kevin Gausman||BAL||8||4||7||10||7||NYA||Masahiro Tanaka||19:05|
|Matt Harvey||NYN||10||5||7||6||7||WAS||Jor. Zimmermann||19:05|
|Erasmo Ramirez||TB||6||4||4||4||3||DET||Matt Boyd||19:08|
|T. Jungmann||MIL||4||4||4||4||6||MIA||Adam Conley||19:10|
|Francis. Liriano||PIT||8||5||6||4||9||CIN||Raisel Iglesias||19:10|
|R.A. Dickey||TOR||8||10||7||4||5||BOS||Henry Owens||19:10|
|Carlos Carrasco||CLE||10||4||6||4||8||CHA||Carlos Rodon||20:10|
|Kyle Gibson||MIN||4||6||5||4||4||KC||Edinson Volquez||20:10|
|Jason Hammel||CHN||7||5||6||5||9||STL||Michael Wacha||20:15|
|Tim Hudson||SF||4||4||4||4||4||AZ||Chase Anderson||21:40|
|Scott Kazmir||HOU||6||8||6||4||7||OAK||Sonny Gray||22:05|
|Clayton Kershaw||LAN||10||4||6||5||5||LAA||Andrew Heaney||22:05|
|Jonathan Gray||COL||7||4||5||4||7||SD||Colin Rea||22:10|
|Cole Hamels||TEX||9||8||7||4||10||SEA||Taijuan Walker||22:10|
* = Fewer than 10 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.
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