NERD Games Scores: Matt Boyd Debut Event by Carson Cistulli June 27, 2015 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 Texas at Toronto | 13:07 ET Gallardo (87.2 IP, 95 xFIP-) vs. Boyd (N/A) The author has exercised his world-famous discretion this morning and assessed to left-handed Toronto prospect Matt Boyd a NERD score of 14 — with a view, that maneuver, to giving this Rangers-Blue Jays contest the highest game score of the day. With regard to Boyd, one finds his name currently third among all prospects on the Fringe Five Scoreboard, which fact reveals simultaneously that (a) Boyd was omitted from Kiley McDaniel’s preseason top-200 prospect list (as well as all other similar lists), but (b) has exhibited some combination of performance and talent worthy of recognition. Indeed, concerning that performance, a brief inspection of the leaderboards reveals that Boyd has produced one of the top strikeout- and walk-rate differentials among all starters in the high minors. And concerning that talent, the author himself has observed Boyd sitting at 92-93 mph while periodically touch 95. A formula, that, for achieving what the Germans likely refer to as not-failure. Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Texas Radio. Two Brief Notes Debut Report: Alex Meyer, RHP, Minnesota Right-handed Twins prospect Alex Meyer — ranked 71st among Kiley McDaniel’s top-200 prospects this offseason — recorded his major-league debut on Friday, appearing in relief of starter Trevor May after the latter conceded five runs in merely 0.1 innings. Meyer’s own appearance wasn’t a rousing success: against nine batters he allowed two home runs. He did compile two strikeouts, however, while also producing an average fastball velocity of roughly 97 mph. Today’s Free Game Today’s free game features the same Texas and Toronto club discussed above, 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. 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. Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP Home Time Yovani Gallardo TEX 3 3 7 9 14 TOR Matt Boyd* 13:07 Kyle Gibson MIN 4 3 4 3 4 MIL Matt Garza 14:10 Gio Gonzalez WAS 6 5 5 1 6 PHI Adam Morgan* 15:05 Julio Teheran ATL 5 2 5 7 6 PIT Charlie Morton 16:05 Chris Rusin COL 5 3 4 5 2 SF Tim Lincecum 16:05 Chris Young KC 1 7 4 5 5 OAK Scott Kazmir 16:05 John Danks CHA 4 1 4 5 5 DET Kyle Ryan 16:08 Wade Miley BOS 3 4 4 6 5 TB Matt Andriese 16:10 Mi. Lorenzen CIN 3 5 6 4 10 NYN Matt Harvey 16:10 Clayton Kershaw LAN 10 6 6 5 2 MIA Tom Koehler 16:10 Masahiro Tanaka NYA 7 9 7 10 3 HOU Br. Oberholtzer 16:10 Donn Roach* CHN 3 7 6 4 8 STL Michael Wacha 19:15 Cody Anderson* CLE 7 7 5 6 2 BAL Chris Tillman 19:15 J.A. Happ SEA 4 4 5 6 5 LAA Garrett Richards 19:15 J.my Hellickson AZ 3 5 5 3 7 SD Andrew Cashner 22:10 * = Fewer than 10 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.