NERD Game Scores for Wednesday, May 4, 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
Arizona at Miami | 19:10 ET
de la Rosa (23.2 IP, 79 xFIP-) vs. Fernandez (28.2 IP, 71 xFIP-)
One comment regarding this game is that the merits of Miami right-hander Jose Fernandez are conspicuous. He’s young, throws hard, and possesses a refulgent light inside him that bathes everyone around. These truths are self-evident and achingly self-evident. Another comment regarding this game is that Rubby de la Rosa has produced consecutive brilliant starts, recording a 16:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio — and conceding just a single total run — in 13.0 total innings versus Pittsburgh and then St. Louis. One difference he’s exhibited: almost completely abandoning his (well-regarded) changeup while throwing more sliders than ever.

Here’s video footage depicting three of those sliders from his most recent start:

Three Other Brief Notes
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features the Los Angeles Americans at Milwaukee, starts at 13:40 ET, and can be accessed by means of this hyperlinked text.

Junior Guerra Success Update
By virtue of his generally competent start last night against the Angels, Milwaukee right-hander now ranks Junior Guerra first among all Brewers pitchers by WAR.

Broadcaster Rankings
Recently, the present author began the process of process of reproducing the broadcaster rankings which appeared on this site roughly four years ago. Cast ballots for television broadcasts here; for radio broadcasts, here.

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 May 4, 2016
Away SP TM GM TM SP Home Time
Jon Lester CHN 7 9 6 5 5 PIT Juan Nicasio 12:35
Jake Peavy SF 3 5 4 3 5 CIN Dan Straily 12:35
Jhoulys Chacin ATL 8 0 7 7 10 NYN Steven Matz 13:10
Hector Santiago LAA 5 2 4 5 3 MIL Zachary Davies 13:40
Stephen Strasburg WAS 10 5 5 4 0 KC Kris Medlen 14:15
Felix Hernandez SEA 3 5 5 5 8 OAK Sean Manaea* 15:35
Tyler Chatwood COL 5 5 5 5 4 SD Cesar Vargas 15:40
Anibal Sanchez DET 2 5 5 6 8 CLE Corey Kluber 18:10
CC Sabathia NYA 0 5 3 5 5 BAL Tyler Wilson* 19:05
Colby Lewis TEX 1 3 4 4 8 TOR Aaron Sanchez 19:07
Rubby de la Rosa AZ 7 8 8 6 10 MIA Jose Fernandez 19:10
Alex Wood LAN 5 4 6 6 8 TB Drew Smyly 19:10
Clay Buchholz BOS 1 6 5 5 8 CHA Carlos Rodon 20:10
Phil Hughes MIN 4 6 5 6 6 HOU Mike Fiers 20:10
Adam Morgan* PHI 8 2 6 7 5 STL Mike Leake 20:15
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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6 years ago

By virtue of his solo shot last night against Matt Harvey, Atlanta centerfielder Mallex Smith now ranks first among all Braves hitters in WAR.

And is also #2 on the Braves in HR and ISO: