NERD Game Scores: Jose Fernandez One-Man Show Event

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
Cincinnati at Miami | 19:10 ET
Undecided (N/A) vs. Fernandez (6.0 IP, 47 xFIP-)
For those among us who’ve studied the arts and/or spent time in the company of those who identify as artists, there’s little capable of inspiring more terror in the heart than an invitation to something called “a one-man show.” For those unfamiliar with the concept, a one-man show bears some resemblance to a stand-up comedy performance, except that it lasts longer and drinks are only served afterwards and also laughter is strictly forbidden.

One finds, however, that — despite its flaws — that the genre itself is probably less to blame for its shortcomings than those who practice it. Indeed, perhaps what’s required is merely to expand the sense of what is meant by the term “one-man show.” What one finds during a Jose Fernandez start, for example, might technically be regarded as a one-man show — owing to how Jose Fernandez is technically one man — and yet such events are the source of considerable pleasure.

This concludes the author’s brief but essential commentary on the nature of art.

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Two Brief Notes
An Announcement Regarding the Appeal of Zack Greinke
The reader might be surprised to find, owing to the latter’s excellence this season, that Zack Greinke possesses merely an average rating according to the methodology used here to determine aesthetic appeal. The reasons are manifold: Greinke’s fielding-independent numbers are strong but not elite; he throws only a league-average number of strikes; he’s among the league’s slowest-working pitchers. Despite all of that, it’s still possible — indeed, even likely — that Greinke is appealing for reasons that are unaccounted for by the dumb algorithm constructed by the author.

Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Toronto at Chicago AL, starts at 14:10 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 Chavez OAK 5 5 7 9 8 NYA Masahiro Tanaka 13:05
Nate Karns TB 5 4 6 6 8 KC Yordano Ventura 14:10
R.A. Dickey TOR 7 8 6 1 7 CHA Jeff Samardzija 14:10
Carlos Martinez STL 9 5 6 7 5 PIT Jeff Locke 19:05
Undecided CIN 5 4 7 5 14 MIA Jose Fernandez* 19:10
Brett Oberholtzer HOU 2 10 6 6 7 CLE Cody Anderson 19:10
David Price DET 6 5 4 4 2 MIN Mike Pelfrey 20:10
Alex Wood ATL 5 2 3 3 0 COL Kyle Kendrick 20:40
Garrett Richards LAA 6 9 7 4 7 SEA Felix Hernandez 22:10
Sev. Gonzalez PHI 8 2 5 5 5 LAN Zack Greinke 22:10

* = 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.

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Pirates Hurdles
8 years ago

The 2 best teams in baseball going H2H for 4 straight seems like must watch TV to me, perhaps I am a little biased 😉

8 years ago

apparently, the Cardinals are boring