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NERD Game Scores for Sunday, May 4, 2014

Posted By Carson Cistulli On May 4, 2014 @ 10:00 am In NERD | 4 Comments

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
San Francisco at Atlanta | 13:35 ET
Madison Bumgarner (33.2 IP, 91 xFIP-, 0.3 WAR) faces Alex Wood (40.0 IP, 78 xFIP-, 0.6 WAR). The latter, despite recording a single-game 5.79 xFIP in his most recent start, has still produced the 16th-best xFIP- of all 108 qualified starters. The Atlantans as a club, meanwhile, have posted a park-adjusted home-run rate, bullpen xFIP-, and defensive-runs figure all greater than a standard deviation above league average thus far.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: San Francisco Radio or Television.

MLB.TV Free Game
Arizona at San Diego | 16:10 ET
Wade Miley (42.0 IP, 101 xFIP-, 0.0 WAR) faces Tyson Ross (36.2 IP, 99 xFIP-, 0.1 WAR). This contest also serves as an opportune moment for the Jace Peterson Status Update for which no one was asking. Peterson’s numbers thus far: 21 PA, 0.0% BB, 19.0% K, 3 wRC+ (.235 BABIP), 2/2 SB, -0.1 WAR. So not dominant quite yet.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Arizona 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
Andre Rienzo* CHA 2 4 4 5 6 CLE Corey Kluber 13:05
Erik Bedard* TB 2 7 6 5 9 NYA CC Sabathia 13:05
Stephen Fife* LAN 4 6 7 8 10 MIA Jose Fernandez 13:10
Sonny Gray OAK 6 4 6 3 8 BOS John Lackey 13:35
M. Bumgarner SF 7 7 8 9 9 ATL Alex Wood 13:35
Dustin McGowan TOR 0 6 3 9 3 PIT Edinson Volquez 13:35
Miguel Gonzalez BAL 1 4 4 4 8 MIN Phil Hughes 14:10
Justin Verlander DET 4 3 3 2 3 KC Jason Vargas 14:10
Brandon Maurer* SEA 7 5 7 6 8 HOU Collin McHugh* 14:10
Gio Gonzalez WAS 5 6 5 2 6 PHI R. Hernandez 15:05
Yu Darvish TEX 4 2 5 10 5 LAA Tyler Skaggs 15:35
Wade Miley AZ 6 4 5 3 6 SD Tyson Ross 16:10
Kyle Lohse MIL 5 6 4 4 3 CIN Alfredo Simon 16:10
Dillon Gee NYN 3 2 4 8 5 COL Jhoulys Chacin* 16:10
Lance Lynn STL 7 3 5 4 5 CHN Jason Hammel 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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