NERD Game Scores for Sunday, May 11, 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
Arizona at Chicago AL | 14:10 ET
Chase Anderson (39.0 IP, 26.0% K, 4.1% BB at Double-A) faces Hector Noesi (16.1 IP, 98 xFIP-, 0.4 WAR). The former’s difficulties as a starter in Triple-A last season suggest that concerns about his lack of armspeed might be warranted, so far as dealing with advanced hitters is concerned. What Anderson does offer, however, is a changeup that’s probably sweeter than lugduname — which compound (i.e. lugduname) appears to have been developed at the University of Lyon in 1996 and is “220,000 [to] 300,000 times as sweet as sucrose (table sugar).”

An example of said changeup:

Anderson 1

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Arizona Radio or Television?

MLB.TV Free Game
Cleveland at Tampa Bay | 13:40 ET
Josh Tomlin (6.2 IP, 105 xFIP-, 0.1 WAR) faces Chris Archer (40.1 IP, 88 xFIP-, 1.0 WAR). If nothing else, this game serves as a pretense upon which to note that Cleveland outfielder Michael Brantley, who recorded a career-high 10 home runs last season in 611 plate appearances, has now produced seven of them (i.e. home runs) in just 150 plate appearances, even while maintaining his characteristically low strikeout rate (just 8.7%, presently).

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Cleveland 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
Jered Weaver LAA 3 10 6 7 8 TOR Drew Hutchison 13:07
Samuel Deduno* MIN 4 4 6 5 8 DET Robbie Ray* 13:08
Juan Nicasio COL 3 10 6 4 7 CIN Homer Bailey 13:10
Cole Hamels* PHI 8 2 6 2 6 NYN Jon Niese 13:10
Edwin Jackson CHN 4 5 5 7 5 ATL Aaron Harang 13:35
Jarred Cosart HOU 4 7 4 3 4 BAL Chris Tillman 13:35
Josh Tomlin* CLE 5 5 6 7 7 TB Chris Archer 13:40
Chase Anderson* AZ 13 5 8 4 5 CHA Hector Noesi* 14:10
David Phelps* NYA 5 4 5 6 5 MIL Matt Garza 14:10
John Lackey BOS 7 1 5 3 6 TEX Robbie Ross 15:05
Gio Gonzalez WAS 6 5 6 4 6 OAK Scott Kazmir 16:05
Jeremy Guthrie KC 2 2 4 4 6 SEA Roenis Elias 16:10
Hend. Alvarez MIA 7 8 6 4 6 SD Robbie Erlin 16:10
Tim Hudson SF 7 6 8 5 10 LAN Clay. Kershaw* 16:10
Shelby Miller STL 3 4 4 7 3 PIT Charlie Morton 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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