NERD Game Scores: Jake Arrieta Awareness for America

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
Chicago NL at Washington | 19:05 ET
Arrieta (65.0 IP, 72 xFIP-) vs. Gonzalez (59.0 IP, 84 xFIP-)
It’s possible that the people in American society who aren’t thinking, with at least some kind of regularity, about Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta — it’s possible that the reason for this absence in their lives is because they don’t particularly care for the sport of baseball or are working to give their children the opportunities they never had or are otherwise engaged. It’s also possible, however, that those same Americans have just never been given the opportunity to observe four of Arrieta’s curveballs in a row by means of embedded looping video. The purpose of this post at is to facilitate that opportunity for people in American society.


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A Single, Brief Note
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Oakland at Detroit, starts at 13:08 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. 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.

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Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Jesse Hahn OAK 6 5 5 4 5 DET Shane Greene 13:08
Wei-Yin Chen BAL 4 4 6 10 7 HOU Dallas Keuchel 14:10
Tommy Milone MIN 0 3 4 4 7 BOS Steven Wright 16:05
Jake Arrieta CHN 9 6 7 5 8 WAS Gio Gonzalez 19:05
Ant’y DeSclafani CIN 3 5 3 0 3 PHI Aaron Harang 19:05
Carlos Rodon CHA 4 0 3 4 3 TEX Yovani Gallardo 20:05
Trevor Bauer CLE 6 8 5 7 2 KC Chris Young 20:10
Matt Harvey NYN 10 5 6 6 2 AZ Hellickson 21:40
Michael Wacha STL 6 5 6 7 7 LAN Carlos Frias 22:10
Erasmo Ramirez TB 6 5 5 6 4 SEA Roenis Elias 22:10

* = Fewer than 10 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.

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You sir are a true humanitarian for highlighting this issue that is of critical importance to Americans everywhere.