NERD Game Scores: Noah Syndergaard Against the Unknown

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by sabermetric nobleman 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
New York NL at Washington | 19:05 ET
Syndergaard (91.0 IP, 55 xFIP-) vs. Unknown (N/A)
Were one to suggest that Noah Syndergaard faces the unknown tonight in Washington, one would appear to be advancing an existential truth that applies not merely to Syndergaard himself but rather to anyone who’s been tasked with this absurd burden of living. Because, regard: “a perpetual bout with the unknown” certainly isn’t the worst characterization of our works and days. That said, it’s also possible that one, stating that Syndergaard faces the unknown tonight, is merely noting how the Nationals hadn’t named a starting pitcher for this evening’s game. Because they hadn’t. At least not so far as Major League Baseball’s probables page is concerned.

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Today’s Free Game
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Broadcaster Rankings
Recently, the present author facilitated a crowdsourcing effort to reproduce the broadcaster rankings which appeared on this site roughly four years ago. The results from that effort are published here in one easily digestible post.

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 calculations both for team and game NERD scores feature adjustment for postseason odds that increases as season progresses. Read more about those adjustments here and here.

NERD Scores for June 27, 2016
Away SP TM GM TM SP Home Time
Scott Kazmir LAN 5 6 5 5 4 PIT Francisco Liriano 12:35
Noah Syndergaard NYN 10 6 7 8 5 WAS Unknown 19:05
Chi Chi Gonzalez* TEX 4 5 5 4 6 NYA Ivan Nova 19:05
Eduardo Rodriguez BOS 3 8 5 6 4 TB Blake Snell 19:10
Jake Arrieta CHN 8 6 5 3 3 CIN Dan Straily 19:10
Trevor Bauer CLE 7 8 6 2 7 ATL John Gant 19:10
Adam Wainwright STL 4 6 6 4 9 KC Danny Duffy 20:15
Marco Estrada TOR 4 5 6 4 9 COL Jon Gray 20:40
Vincent Velasquez PHI 8 2 6 6 8 AZ Robbie Ray 21:40
Collin McHugh HOU 6 6 6 3 8 LAA Matt Shoemaker 22:05
Daniel Mengden OAK 7 4 6 5 6 SF Jeff Samardzija 22:15
SP denotes pitcher NERD score.
TM denotes team score.
GM denotes overall game score.
Highlighted portion denotes game of the day.

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

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7 years ago

Other corners of the interwebs seem to think that it’s to be Joe Ross. Who, while young enough to be less than a sure thing, is certainly more of known factor than the formless void.

Edit: Tuesday is now the TBD, and will likely be a callup from the minors. Is it Giolito-eve? We can only dream…

Spencer Jonesmember
7 years ago
Reply to  HappyFunBall

I’m going to the game tomorrow, I sure hope it’s Giolito.