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
Houston at Cleveland | 19:10 ET
Velasquez (25.2 IP, 116 xFIP-) vs. Kluber (118.2 IP, 66 xFIP-)
Talented Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber faces a group of young men who, after crash-landing on an uninhabited island in the Pacific following a wartime evacuation, instead of descending into murderous anarchy — instead of doing that, proceeded rather to diligently train and practice baseball, eventually forming a club and joining Major League Baseball as the Houston Astros. Today represents an opportunity to experience their inspirational story again, as if for the first time.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Cleveland Radio.
Two Brief Notes
Perpetually Looping Video: Chris Heston on the Human Predicament
On Monday night, San Francisco starter Chris Heston performed a dramatic rendition depicting the futility of all human endeavor, throwing a pickoff attempt to a first base recently vacated by teammate Brandon Belt.
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Los Angeles AL at Colorado, starts at 20:40 ET, 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 changes here, if you’re the sort of person accustomed to making poor life decisions.
|Tyler Lyons||STL||9||4||7||7||8||CHN||Jake Arrieta||13:20|
|Tim Cooney*||STL||5||4||5||7||3||CHN||Dallas Beeler*||20:05|
|Matt Moore*||TB||6||4||5||7||1||KC||Chris Young||14:10|
|Matt Andriese||TB||5||4||5||7||4||KC||Edinson Volquez||20:10|
|Johnny Cueto||CIN||7||4||6||4||10||WAS||Max Scherzer||19:05|
|Sonny Gray||OAK||7||4||7||9||7||NYA||Nathan Eovaldi||19:05|
|Tyson Ross||SD||7||3||6||8||8||PIT||Francisco Liriano||19:05|
|Vince Velasquez||HOU||4||10||8||6||10||CLE||Corey Kluber||19:10|
|Dan Haren||MIA||3||5||4||5||3||BOS||Wade Miley||19:10|
|Robbie Ray||AZ||5||5||4||3||3||TEX||Yovani Gallardo||20:05|
|Manny Banuelos*||ATL||6||2||4||3||6||MIL||Tyler Cravy*||20:10|
|Kevin Gausman||BAL||6||7||5||3||4||MIN||Kyle Gibson||20:10|
|Andrew Heaney||LAA||8||8||6||4||5||COL||Chad Bettis||20:40|
|Kyle Ryan||DET||3||4||5||4||10||SEA||Taijuan Walker||22:10|
|Chad Billingsley||PHI||2||2||4||5||6||LAN||Brett Anderson||22:10|
|Bartolo Colon||NYN||6||4||4||4||4||SF||Matt Cain*||22:15|
* = Fewer than 10 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.
Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.