NERD Game Scores for Saturday, May 3, 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 and MLB.TV Free Game
Seattle at Houston | 16:10 ET
Hisashi Iwakuma (N/A) faces Dallas Keuchel (30.1 IP, 74 xFIP-, 0.6 WAR). The former makes his season debut after losing the first month of the season to an injured finger. The latter has recorded one of the top swinging-strike rates among qualified starters, largely on the strength of his slider.

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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
Michael Wacha STL 10 2 6 5 3 CHN Jake Arrieta* 13:05
Jake Odorizzi TB 4 7 7 5 10 NYA Masahiro Tanaka 13:05
Tommy Milone OAK 0 5 4 3 7 BOS Jon Lester 13:35
Wei-Yin Chen BAL 5 4 3 4 0 MIN Kevin Correia 14:10
Hisashi Iwakuma* SEA 8 5 7 6 8 HOU Dallas Keuchel 16:10
Scott Carroll* CHA 6 4 6 5 7 CLE Justin Masterson 18:05
R.A. Dickey TOR 7 6 7 8 7 PIT Francisco Liriano 19:05
Tanner Roark WAS 3 6 3 2 2 PHI A.J. Burnett 19:05
Drew Smyly* DET 8 3 6 2 7 KC Danny Duffy* 19:10
Paul Maholm LAN 0 6 4 8 5 MIA Jacob Turner* 19:10
Yovani Gallardo MIL 2 6 5 4 8 CIN Johnny Cueto 19:10
Ryan Vogelsong SF 0 7 4 9 4 ATL Julio Teheran 19:10
Jenrry Mejia NYN 7 2 5 8 2 COL Franklin Morales 20:10
Brandon McCarthy AZ 8 4 7 3 7 SD Ian Kennedy 20:40
Matt Harrison* TEX 6 2 6 10 6 LAA Garrett Richards 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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3 Responses to “NERD Game Scores for Saturday, May 3, 2014”

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  1. Well-Beered Englishman says:

    We are all waiting for Wade Miley to face Drew Smyly.
    Also, for Matt Joyce to hit a fly ball to Michael Choice.

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    • Neville Chamberlain says:

      July 21-23: Tigers play the Diamondbacks. Mark your calendar today and hope that Brad Ausmus and Kirk Gibson have a sense of humor.

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  2. Chance the Rapper's Other Job says:

    Weird stat; as of tonight, only 3 teams in the AL have a positive run differential.

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