NERD Game Scores for Sunday, July 13, 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
Toronto at Tampa Bay | 13:40 ET
R.A. Dickey (119.0 IP, 109 xFIP-, 0.9 WAR) faces David Price (139.2 IP, 69 xFIP-, 2.8 WAR). The former has recorded the second-fastest working pace among 95 qualified pitchers; the latter, the absolute slowest. To suggest that this observation constitutes grounds for a “stirring narrative,” however, would probably represent an instance of overstatement.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Toronto Radio.

Two Brief Notes
The Real Anderson to Pitch
Left-hander Brett Anderson, acquired by Colorado this offseason from Oakland and injured since mid-April, returns this afternoon to face Minnesota. He recorded an 8:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio against 37 batters over 9.1 innings for Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, starts at 1:10pm 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.

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Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
John Danks CHA 2 2 4 7 6 CLE Trevor Bauer 13:05
Brad Hand* MIA 4 8 6 3 7 NYN Jacob deGrom 13:10
Francisco Liriano PIT 7 5 7 2 8 CIN Johnny Cueto 13:10
Tanner Roark WAS 4 7 3 2 1 PHI Kyle Kendrick 13:35
R.A. Dickey TOR 9 5 9 6 10 TB David Price 13:40
Clay Buchholz BOS 2 2 3 8 3 HOU Brad Peacock 14:10
Justin Verlander DET 3 4 4 5 5 KC Bruce Chen* 14:10
Carlos Martinez STL 10 3 7 5 7 MIL Wily Peralta 14:10
Julio Teheran ATL 6 7 4 4 1 CHN Travis Wood 14:20
Tyler Skaggs LAA 7 7 6 4 5 TEX Scott Baker* 15:05
Vidal Nuno AZ 4 5 6 5 9 SF M. Bumgarner 16:05
Phil Hughes MIN 9 3 8 9 8 COL Brett Anderson* 16:10
Sonny Gray OAK 7 7 4 5 0 SEA Chris Young 16:10
Tyson Ross SD 8 4 6 5 6 LAN Hyun-Jin Ryu 16:10
Chase Whitley NYA 6 2 5 6 5 BAL Kevin Gausman 20:05

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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srpst23
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srpst23
2 years 14 days ago

Not Liriano vs Cueto? I’d be much more interested in watching Liriano’s return than watching RA Dickey versus anyone.

Grant
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Grant
2 years 14 days ago

That knuckle ball is fun to watch man.

BurleighGrimes
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BurleighGrimes
2 years 13 days ago

Knuckleball.

mgraves
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mgraves
2 years 14 days ago

This has got to be the highest game score for a game involving the Twins thus far this season.

joe
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joe
2 years 14 days ago

No, watching Dickey could be fun. He’s mostly unique even if not that good.

It’s more surprising to see Toronto broadcast over the Rays. The Rays have awesome announcers.

frank
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frank
2 years 13 days ago

no futures game?

Matt
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Matt
2 years 13 days ago

Just out of curiosity — is there a way for rivalries to be taken into consideration? For instance, Cardinals and Brewers were playing the finale of a series to determine the NL Central leader at the halfway point of the season, yet received a 7. While these are calculations based on starting pitchers, could the NERD be expanded into a bigger picture given the scenarios?

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