NERD Game Scores for Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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 Milwaukee | 14:10 ET
Stephen Strasburg (100.0 IP, 65 xFIP-, 2.8 WAR) faces Marco Estrada (89.2 IP, 112 xFIP-, -0.8 WAR). The latter has produced a strikeout-walk differential of 14.1 percentage points — a stat, that, which correlates highly with run prevention and a precise figure, that, which ranks 32nd among the league’s 95 qualified pitchers. What else Estrada has produced, however, is 24 home-runs allowed over 15 starts and ca. 90 innings. “Is there something wrong with Estrada? Ought the Brewers replace him with minor-leaguer Jimmy Nelson?” These are questions being asked by Americans today.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Milwaukee Radio.

Three Brief Notes
Regarding Marco Gonzales, How It’s His Debut
Left-handed Cardinals prospect and 2013 first-round draft pick Marco Gonzales makes his major-league debut only slight more than a month after making his Double-A debut. One can read more about that same left-hander within today’s very recently published Prospect Watch.

Regarding Brad Mills, His Less Slow Fastball Velocity
Oakland left-hander Brad Mills — acquired by Oakland recently and used as a starter by that same club last week — recorded an average fastball velocity ca. 2.5 mph greater in that contest than when he last made a major-league appearance in 2012. Which is to say, Mills continues to exhibit below-average armspeed, but not below below-average armspeed.

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features San Diego at San Francisco, starts at 3:45pm ET, and can be accessed by means of this hyperlinked 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.

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Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Charlie Morton PIT 4 5 7 5 10 TB David Price 12:10
St. Strasburg WAS 10 7 7 7 5 MIL Marco Estrada 14:10
Marco Gonzales* STL 9 3 7 10 6 COL Yohan Flande* 15:10
Ian Kennedy SD 7 4 6 7 5 SF Tim Lincecum 15:45
Hector Noesi CHA 4 2 3 5 2 BAL Ubaldo Jimenez 19:05
Mat Latos* CIN 6 3 6 5 6 CHN Edwin Jackson 19:05
Hen’son Alvarez MIA 8 7 4 0 1 PHI A.J. Burnett 19:05
Hiroki Kuroda NYA 4 3 5 7 6 TOR Drew Hutchison 19:07
Brad Mills* OAK 6 7 6 2 8 NYN Zack Wheeler 19:10
Anibal Sanchez DET 6 5 3 4 0 TEX Joe Saunders 20:05
Alex Wood ATL 9 7 7 6 6 HOU Collin McHugh 20:10
Dan Haren LAN 5 5 5 5 6 KC James Shields 20:10
Corey Kluber CLE 9 6 7 6 5 AZ Chase Anderson 21:40
Yohan Pino* MIN 7 4 7 6 8 LAA Garrett Richards 22:05
Clay Buchholz BOS 1 2 4 5 7 SEA Hisashi Iwakuma 22:10

To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.

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8 years ago

You minght consider giving Game of the Day honors to one of the other 7s on the list. After playing 16 innings last night, both WAS and MIL will likely be fielding lineups well stocked with bench players. Strasburg and Estrada are always fun to watch, for different reasons, but today’s hitters could be less interesting

8 years ago
Reply to  David

The scores displayed are rounded off and the overall NERD score is heavily weighted toward the starting pitchers anyway. Plus, watching Strasburg face a bunch of bleary-eyed batters sounds fairly entertaining.

8 years ago
Reply to  Evan

Especially if those bleary-eyed batters are NOT named Lucroy, Braun, or Ramirez (as indicated by the recently announced starting lineups).

Although I may have avert my own bleary eyes. I’m thinking radio call… and “rest my eyes”… and zzzzzz(immerman)