NERD Game Scores for Thursday, May 8, 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
Houston at Detroit | 13:08 ET
Dallas Keuchel (36.1 IP, 80 xFIP-, 0.7 WAR) faces Drew Smyly (22.0 IP, 85 xFIP-, 0.5 WAR). The former, in addition to having produced entirely serviceable strikeout and walk figures, appears also to have recorded thus far the highest ground-ball rate among the league’s 107 qualified pitchers. His two-seamer and changeup have themselves induced grounders more than 75% of the time they’ve been batted into fair ground — considerably higher, in both cases, than the league averages by each pitch type, according to work recently done by the absurdly coiffed Eno Sarris.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Detroit 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
Kevin Correia MIN 0 5 4 5 7 CLE J. Masterson 12:05
Dallas Keuchel HOU 8 6 7 4 7 DET Drew Smyly* 13:08
A.J. Burnett PHI 2 3 5 6 7 TOR R.A. Dickey 19:07
Ubaldo Jimenez BAL 3 3 6 7 9 TB David Price 19:10
Franklin Morales COL 4 9 5 3 5 TEX Matt Harrison* 20:05
Jake Arrieta* CHN 6 4 5 3 4 CHA Scott Carroll* 20:10
Danny Duffy* KC 6 3 6 4 7 SEA H. Iwakuma* 22:10
Jacob Turner* MIA 4 9 6 3 7 SD Ian Kennedy 22:10
Ryan Vogelsong SF 0 7 3 5 5 LAN Josh Beckett 22:10

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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Gonzo Bob
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Gonzo Bob
2 years 1 month ago

Looks like the MLB.TV Free Game of the Day will be Astros @ Tigers. MLB must have waited for the NERD scores to be published :)

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Dave Cameron's Puppy
2 years 1 month ago

As a resident of Houston, I have no idea how the Astros are a 6 on the NERD scale. They’re pretty unwatchable.

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