NERD Game Scores: Mookie Betts Debut 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
Boston at New York AL | 20:05 ET
John Lackey (107.0 IP, 82 xFIP-, 2.6 WAR) faces Chase Whitley (42.0 IP, 105 xFIP-, 1.0 WAR). The attraction of this particular contest owes less to the identities of the probable starting pitchers (although neither Lackey nor Whitley are wholly without merit) and more to how it’s likely to represent the major-league debut of Boston prospect Mookie Betts. The 21-year-old has recorded not only impressive slash stats, but also equally impressive fielding-independent numbers, over ca. 250 plate appearances between Double- and Triple-A. A second baseman by trade, Betts is likely to play right field tonight — a position, that, at which he appears to have been deployed about twice ever in his professional career.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Boston Radio.

Three Brief Notes
Basically Arbitrary Mookie Betts Video
Here’s recent video selected almost entirely at random by the author of Red Sox prospect Mookie Betts hitting a home run on June 14th:

Regarding Odrisamer Despaigne, A Brief Summary of His Whole Self
In his debut this past Monday, Cuban and also Padres right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne conceded zero runs over 7.0 innings, but also recorded largely mediocre defense independent numbers, but also featured probably six different pitch types. He starts again today at 4:10pm ET against Arizona.

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Detroit at Houston, starts at 2:10pm 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 and also the rest of the internet.

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Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Jose Quintana CHA 5 2 5 7 4 TOR Mark Buehrle 13:07
Tommy Milone OAK 2 7 5 8 7 MIA Andrew Heaney* 13:10
Aaron Harang ATL 4 7 4 1 5 PHI David Buchanan 13:35
Bartolo Colon NYN 5 2 4 5 2 PIT Edinson Volquez 13:35
Alex Cobb TB 7 6 5 5 2 BAL Miguel Gonzalez 13:35
Jorge de la Rosa COL 2 9 4 7 3 MIL Yovani Gallardo 14:10
Drew Smyly DET 5 4 4 6 1 HOU Scott Feldman 14:10
C.J. Wilson LAA 4 6 4 5 3 KC Jeremy Guthrie 14:10
Kyle Gibson MIN 3 3 3 3 2 TEX Colby Lewis 15:05
Homer Bailey CIN 8 4 6 6 5 SF Tim Hudson 16:05
Mike Bolsinger AZ 9 6 7 4 6 SD Odris. Despaigne* 16:10
T.J. House CLE 8 6 8 5 10 SEA Felix Hernandez 16:10
Shelby Miller STL 3 3 6 5 10 LAN Clayton Kershaw 16:10
John Lackey BOS 8 3 6 3 5 NYA Chase Whitley 20:05

To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 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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Looks like the most highly rated game is CLE @ SEA, 16:10 (preferred broadcast: Cleveland radio).


Carson did not add a MOOKIE factor to the NERD formula. BOS v NYY is the only game in which there would be a MOOKIE score of 10. Conversely, all other games would have a 0.


Carson has a well known East Coast bias. He might as well work for ESPN.


I would say it’s a pretty weak east coast bias considering 4 of the top 5 rated games are on the west coast and don’t feature any eastern division teams.


Well, the east cost is closer to France, obviously.