NERD Game Scores for Saturday, May 17, 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
Los Angeles NL at Arizona | 20:10 ET
Clayton Kershaw (20.2 IP, 41 xFIP-, 0.8) faces Chase Anderson (5.1 IP, 62 xFIP-, 0.1 WAR). The virtues of the former are manifest. The virtues of the latter aren’t entirely, but largely, summarized by means of the animated GIF below, which animated GIF depicts Chase Anderson’s fantastic changeup.

Anderson Dunn CH Slow

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Los Angeles NL Television.

Two Brief Notes
Regarding Cole Hamels
Cole Hamels‘ poor NERD score at the moment is largely due to his mediocre park-adjusted xFIP (107 xFIP-), although his most recent start, during which he struck out 10 (box), was also his most promising of the four he’s recorded since returning from injury.

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Seattle and Minnesota, starts at 7:10pm ET, 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.

NERD Thing

Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Aaron Harang ATL 6 7 4 2 2 STL Shelby Miller 14:15
Matt Garza MIL 5 6 5 5 4 CHN Edwin Jackson 14:20
Bartolo Colon NYN 5 3 5 5 6 WAS Gio Gonzalez 16:05
Edinson Volquez PIT 3 8 5 5 5 NYA David Phelps* 16:05
Hector Noesi* CHA 6 3 5 7 4 HOU Jarred Cosart 16:10
Homer Bailey CIN 7 3 5 2 4 PHI Cole Hamels 19:05
Scott Kazmir OAK 6 5 5 5 4 CLE Josh Tomlin* 19:05
Bud Norris BAL 3 3 4 3 5 KC Danny Duffy* 19:10
Rick Porcello DET 7 5 6 2 7 BOS John Lackey 19:10
Roenis Elias SEA 6 5 5 3 4 MIN Sam. Deduno* 19:10
Mark Buehrle TOR 3 6 5 3 6 TEX Robbie Ross 20:05
Clayton Kershaw LAN 10 5 8 5 9 AZ Ch. Anderson* 20:10
Robbie Erlin SD 7 4 6 9 5 COL Jordan Lyles 20:10
Tom Koehler MIA 2 9 5 7 7 SF Tim Lincecum 21:05
Cesar Ramos TB 0 6 4 9 5 LAA C.J. Wilson 21:05

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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