NERD Game Scores for Friday, May 23, 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.


Most Highly Rated Game
Boston at Tampa Bay | 19:10 ET
John Lackey (58.1 IP, 87 xFIP-, 1.3 WAR) faces Chris Archer (51.0 IP, 97 xFIP-, 0.9 WAR). The former, one finds, has actually improved upon the surprising strikeout and walk figures he recorded last season, having produced rates of 22.9% and 5.3%, respectively, through nine starts. Of note regarding Lackey’s field-playing teammates: it appears as though, among that group, that young shortstop Xander Bogaerts has produced the highest WAR figure, tied with others at 1.1 wins.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Tampa Bay Radio.

Two Brief Notes
Regarding Baker, His Start Today
Former Minnesota right-hander Scott Baker is scheduled to make his first major-league start since September 20th of last season with the Cubs — with which team he compiled just three starts after returning from Tommy John surgery and the attendant rehab. He recorded strikeout and walk rates of 19.4% and 7.1%, respectively, in 38.0innings with Rangers Triple-A affiliate Round Rock.

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game hadn’t been announced as of press time, but 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
T.J. House* CLE 7 5 5 3 3 BAL Bud Norris 19:05
Clayton Kershaw LAN 10 6 6 2 4 PHI Roberto Hernandez 19:05
J. Zimmermann WAS 9 5 6 7 3 PIT Charlie Morton 19:05
Scott Kazmir OAK 6 6 6 7 6 TOR Liam Hendriks* 19:07
Scott Baker* TEX 6 2 5 5 4 DET Anibal Sanchez 19:08
Chase Anderson* AZ 7 5 6 3 5 NYN Bartolo Colon 19:10
John Lackey BOS 8 3 6 6 6 TB Chris Archer 19:10
Marco Estrada MIL 4 4 4 9 2 MIA Tom Koehler 19:10
Shelby Miller STL 3 3 4 2 7 CIN Homer Bailey 19:10
Jordan Lyles COL 4 9 6 7 7 ATL Gavin Floyd* 19:35
Hiroki Kuroda NYA 5 5 5 3 5 CHA Hector Noesi 20:10
Danny Duffy* KC 5 3 5 8 5 LAA C.J. Wilson 22:05
Edwin Jackson CHN 5 5 5 5 6 SD Tim Stauffer* 22:10
Brad Peacock HOU 3 8 6 5 8 SEA Felix Hernandez 22:10
Kyle Gibson MIN 0 4 4 6 7 SF Tim Lincecum 22:15

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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Robert Hombre
Robert Hombre
2 years 4 days ago

What follows is the compendium of Things We Have Learned about Scott Baker.

1) In the undefined past, Scott Baker threw baseballs for the Minnesota Twins
2) On September 20th of last year, Scott Baker threw his most recent game for the Chicago Nationals

The preceding is the complete corpus of Scott Baker.

the drake
the drake
2 years 3 days ago

Hmm ai think ill be watching another of the highest ranked games of the night… ill pass on the tso basement dwellers of the al east and instead watch the team thats first in the east square off against the team with the best record in baseball