NERD Game Scores for Sunday, May 25, 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
Houston at Seattle | 16:10 ET
Dallas Keuchel (61.2 IP, 70 xFIP-, 1.6) faces Hisashi Iwakuma (30.2 IP, 82 xFIP-, 0.8 WAR). Were the reader interested in regarding two of the major leagues’ most productive pitches this afternoon, he or she has the opportunity to do so by way of the present game. The former’s two-seam fastball has created more pitch-type runs than any other starters’ who’s also recorded at 30 innings. Meanwhile, despite having missed all of April, the latter has produced the third-most such runs by way of his splitter.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Whatever Whatever Whatever.

Two Brief Notes
Regarding Verlander, His Velocity by Year
Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander, starting at home today against Texas, has thus far recorded the lowest average fastball velocity of his career. Here’s a table documenting that figure for every one of his full professional seasons, accompanied by the rank of same relative to all qualified pitchers.

Year Velo Rank
2006 95.1 2
2007 94.8 3
2008 93.6 9
2009 95.6 2
2010 95.4 2
2011 95.0 2
2012 94.3 4
2013 93.3 13
2014 92.1 38

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 MLB.com and also the rest of the internet.

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Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
D. Pomeranz* OAK 6 5 5 7 3 TOR J.A. Happ* 13:07
Colby Lewis TEX 4 2 4 5 3 DET Justin Verlander 13:08
Bronson Arroyo AZ 6 5 6 3 6 NYN Rafael Montero* 13:10
Zeke Spruill* AZ 5 5 4 3 3 NYN D’suke Matsuzaka* TBD
Jimmy Nelson* MIL 8 5 7 9 6 MIA Randy Wolf* 13:10
Trevor Bauer* CLE 6 5 5 4 4 BAL Miguel Gonzalez 13:35
Josh Beckett LAN 4 6 3 2 1 PHI A.J. Burnett 13:35
Doug Fister* WAS 7 5 7 6 7 PIT Francisco Liriano 13:35
Brand. Workman BOS 7 2 6 5 6 TB Jake Odorizzi 13:40
M. Tanaka NYA 10 5 6 3 2 CHA Andre Rienzo 14:10
Jason Vargas KC 4 3 6 9 7 LAA Garrett Richards 15:35
Ricky Nolasco MIN 4 4 6 6 8 SF M. Bumgarner 16:05
Jason Hammel CHN 6 5 7 6 8 SD Ian Kennedy 16:10
Dallas Keuchel HOU 9 7 7 4 6 SEA Hisashi Iwakuma 16:10
Franklin Morales COL 3 9 5 7 5 ATL Julio Teheran 17:10
A. Wainwright STL 6 3 5 3 5 CIN Mike Leake 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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6 Responses to “NERD Game Scores for Sunday, May 25, 2014”

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  1. Well-Beered Englishman says:

    Cool Name Game of the Day

    Daisuke Matsuzaka faces Zeke Spruill in a match-up that also features Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, Tuffy Gosewisch, and Mariekson “Didi” Gregorius.

    We hear at Cool Name Headquarters are as yet uncertain how to score the name “Fister”.

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  2. 804NatsFan says:

    Free game is Astros versus Mariners. Makes me think that MLB is waiting for Carson’s game of the day before deciding which one to make the free game.

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  3. mgoetze says:

    Workman doesn’t have 20 IP in the majors this year, is his NERD based on last year in the majors or on this year in AAA?

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  4. Josh Bard says:

    LOL! Lowest rated game produces a no hitter. More great stuff here.

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