NERD Game Scores for Monday, July 28, 2014 by Carson Cistulli July 28, 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 Miami | 19:10 ET Jordan Zimmermann (118.0 IP, 84 xFIP-, 2.7 WAR) faces Nathan Eovaldi (130.2 IP, 108 xFIP-, 1.8 WAR). The virtues of the former are manifest. As for the latter, despite having posted merely average-ish fielding-independent numbers, he’s also recorded an overall strike rate (66.4%) and average fastball velocity (95.6 mph) one and two standard deviations, respectively, better than the mean produced by starting pitchers this season. A recipe, that, for tolerable baseball. Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Washington Radio. Two Brief Notes Regarding Jason Lane, Who Starts This Afternoon One might assume — indeed, the author assumed — that, because he’s a converted position player, that left-hander Jason Lane might belong to that class of pitcher who throws hard but lacks anything in the way of a second pitch. Indeed, nearly the opposite appears to be true in Lane’s case: over a pair of brief outings this season, he recorded an average fastball velocity of just 87.3 mph while also throwing his changeup about 35% of the time. He makes his first major-league start today at noon in Atlanta. Regarding Today’s Free Game Today’s free game features Milwaukee at Tampa Bay, starts at 7:10pm 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 MLB.com and also the rest of the internet. Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP Home Time Jason Lane* SD 7 4 7 7 8 ATL Ervin Santana 12:10 Chase Anderson AZ 5 5 5 2 7 CIN Homer Bailey 19:10 Kyle Lohse MIL 5 6 6 8 7 TB Jake Odorizzi 19:10 A.J. Burnett PHI 2 3 3 2 5 NYN Bartolo Colon 19:10 R.A. Dickey TOR 9 6 6 3 3 BOS Clay Buchholz 19:10 Jo. Zimmermann WAS 9 7 8 7 7 MIA Nathan Eovaldi 19:10 Yohan Flande COL 2 9 5 5 6 CHN Tsuyoshi Wada* 20:05 David Phelps NYA 2 2 4 3 7 TEX Yu Darvish 20:05 Jesse Chavez OAK 6 8 6 9 3 HOU B. Oberholtzer 20:10 Vance Worley PIT 5 5 7 5 9 SF M. Bumgarner 22:15 To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here. * = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.