NERD Game Scores for Thursday, May 1, 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
Atlanta at Miami | 19:10 ET
Ervin Santana (27.2 IP, 57 xFIP-, 0.9 WAR) faces Henderson Alvarez (29.2 IP, 98 xFIP-, 0.4 WAR). The former has been a revelation thus far, having added what appears to be an entirely serviceable changeup to his repertoire — which transformation Jeff Sullivan documented in some depth on Monday. He faces a Miami lineup that has done quite a lot of “hitting” over the first two games of the series, producing single-game wOBAs of .440 and .488, respectively.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Atlanta 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
Cesar Ramos* TB 3 7 3 2 2 BOS Jake Peavy 13:05
Chris Archer TB 8 7 5 2 2 BOS Felix Doubront 19:10
Dan Haren LAN 6 5 4 5 2 MIN Mike Pelfrey* 13:10
Undecided* LAN 5 5 5 5 5 MIN Kris Johnson* 19:10
Charlie Morton PIT 3 8 4 4 4 BAL Bud Norris 16:05
Brand. Cumpton* PIT 6 8 5 4 4 BAL Chris Tillman TBD
Roenis Elias SEA 4 5 4 5 3 NYA Hiroki Kuroda 19:05
Ervin Santana ATL 10 8 8 8 5 MIA Hen. Alvarez 19:10
Marco Estrada MIL 4 7 5 3 7 CIN Homer Bailey 19:10
Mark Buehrle TOR 4 6 3 3 2 KC Jeremy Guthrie 20:10
Bartolo Colon NYN 6 2 6 8 6 COL Juan Nicasio 20:40

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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So glad these are back. Thanks Carson!

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