NERD Game Scores for Friday, May 2, 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.

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Most Highly Rated Game
Washington at Philadelphia | 19:05 ET
Stephen Strasburg (34.0 IP, 55 xFIP-, 1.0 WAR) faces Cliff Lee (41.0 IP, 66 xFIP-, 1.3 WAR) — which pairing the reader will recognize as one of the league’s most compelling possible ones. A brief inspection of the former’s player profile reveals that the Strasburg has actually conceded about twice as many runs as his defense-independent numbers would suggest. Said player profile also reveals that Strasburg has produced a 31.0% swinging-strike rate by means of his changeup thus far — greater than twice the typical league average for that pitch.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Washington Radio.

MLB.TV Free Game
Milwaukee at Cincinnati | 19:10 ET
Wily Peralta (31.2 IP, 89 xFIP-, 0.1 WAR) faces Mike Leake (35.1 IP, 99 xFIP-, -0.1 WAR). According to the current playoff odds, the visiting club appears to have a nearly a 50% chance of qualifying for the divisional series — higher, one guesses, than their preseason projections would have suggested.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Milwaukee Radio.

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.

NERD Thing

Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Adam Wainwright STL 5 2 5 5 5 CHN Travis Wood 14:20
John Danks CHA 1 4 4 5 7 CLE Danny Salazar 19:05
David Price TB 9 7 7 5 6 NYA Vidal Nuno* 19:05
Brandon Morrow TOR 4 6 6 8 8 PIT Gerrit Cole 19:05
Stephen Strasburg WAS 10 6 9 2 10 PHI Cliff Lee 19:05
Josh Beckett LAN 4 5 4 8 2 MIA Tom Koehler 19:10
Wily Peralta MIL 7 6 6 4 5 CIN Mike Leake 19:10
Dan Straily OAK 7 5 5 2 4 BOS Clay Buchholz 19:10
Tim Lincecum SF 7 7 7 8 7 ATL Mike Minor* 19:35
Ubaldo Jimenez BAL 1 4 2 5 2 MIN Ricky Nolasco 20:10
Rick Porcello DET 8 3 6 3 6 KC James Shields 20:10
Felix Hernandez SEA 9 5 6 6 3 HOU Brad Peacock* 20:10
Zack Wheeler NYN 8 2 6 8 4 COL Jorge de la Rosa 20:40
Colby Lewis* TEX 8 2 5 10 0 LAA Hector Santiago 22:05
Bronson Arroyo AZ 1 4 4 3 8 SD Andrew Cashner 22:10

To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.



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