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
Washington at Los Angeles NL | 22:10 ET
Strasburg (93.0 IP, 70 xFIP-) vs. Kershaw (108.0 IP, 49 xFIP-)
The author, who has made a habit in life of stating the obvious, is compelled to state it here once again: a ball game featuring both Stephen Strasburg and Clayton Kershaw promises to be an absorbing ball game. One doesn’t require the assistance of an arbitrarily calculated “pleasure” metric to reach this sort of conclusion. Indeed, it’s common knowledge.
To render this brief entry worthwhile, then, let’s consider some knowledge that’s less common — in this case, regarding the etymology and provenance of the surname Kershaw. No less than 30 seconds of research reveals that the name is derived from northern Middle English kirk (meaning “church”) and shaw (“grove”). Both logic and also Ancestry.com suggest that one bearing such a surname would have likely resided near the church grove.
In conclusion, this entry has eluded total worthlessness.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Los Angeles NL Television.
Two Other Brief Notes
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Arizona at Philadelphia, starts at 13:05 ET, and can be accessed by means of this hyperlinked text.
Recently, the present author facilitated a crowdsourcing effort to reproduce the broadcaster rankings which appeared on this site roughly four years ago. The updated results for television broadcasts are available by means of this hyperlinked text; for radio, by means of this other text.
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. 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.
|Shelby Miller||AZ||0||6||3||2||5||PHI||Jeremy Hellickson||13:05|
|Madison Bumgarner||SF||7||5||5||5||3||PIT||Jeff Locke||19:05|
|Miguel Gonzalez||CHA||3||3||6||8||8||BOS||Steven Wright||19:10|
|Jorge de la Rosa||COL||2||4||4||6||6||MIA||Paul Clemens*||19:10|
|Nate Karns||SEA||5||5||4||4||1||DET||Mike Pelfrey||19:10|
|Drew Smyly||TB||8||7||7||8||5||CLE||Josh Tomlin||19:10|
|Kevin Gausman||BAL||7||7||5||5||1||TEX||Derek Holland||20:05|
|Jaime Garcia||STL||5||6||6||6||7||CHN||John Lackey||20:05|
|Jhoulys Chacin||LAA||5||3||4||6||3||HOU||Doug Fister||20:10|
|Stephen Strasburg||WAS||10||7||8||6||10||LAN||Clayton Kershaw||22:10|
Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.