NERD Game Scores for Tuesday, April 29, 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
Atlanta at Miami | 19:10 ET
Alex Wood (35.0 IP, 67 xFIP-, 0.7 WAR) faces Jose Fernandez (31.2 IP, 44 xFIP-, 1.2 WAR) in a rematch of last Tuesday’s entirely splendid contest featuring these same exact pitchers (box). After playing in front of what is arguably the majors’ second-best center-field camera last Tuesday, the clubs — which meet in Miami this time — once again play in front of arguably the majors’ second-best center-field camera.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Atlanta Radio.

MLB.TV Free Game
Detroit at Chicago AL | 20:10 ET
Justin Verlander (33.0 IP, 109 xFIP-, 1.0 WAR) faces Jose Quintana (30.0 IP, 97 xFIP-, 0.3 WAR). Despite having recorded less excellent defense-independent numbers than usual thus far, the former has prevented runs at a rate on par with established levels. Perhaps of note regarding Verlander, as well, or perhaps not: per Baseball Savant, he’s thrown only 28 of his 559 total pitches (i.e. 5%) at 95 mph or higher. By comparison, he threw nearly 14% of his pitches that fast in 2013.

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
Jon Niese NYN 5 2 5 2 8 PHI Cole Hamels* 19:05
Charlie Morton PIT 3 8 4 4 4 BAL Chris Tillman 19:05
Chris Young* SEA 2 5 5 5 8 NYA CC Sabathia 19:05
Alex Wood ATL 10 9 10 9 10 MIA Jose Fernandez 19:10
Jeff Samardzija CHN 5 5 4 3 3 CIN Alfredo Simon 19:10
Erik Bedard* TB 3 7 6 2 9 BOS John Lackey 19:10
Scott Kazmir OAK 7 5 6 3 6 TEX Martin Perez 20:05
Justin Verlander DET 4 4 4 4 4 CHA Jose Quintana 20:10
Zack Greinke LAN 10 5 5 5 1 MIN Kyle Gibson 20:10
Dustin McGowan* TOR 5 5 4 2 2 KC Jason Vargas 20:10
Gio Gonzalez WAS 4 6 5 6 5 HOU Jarred Cosart 20:10
Kyle Lohse MIL 5 7 6 1 7 STL Lance Lynn 20:15
Tyler Chatwood* COL 7 8 6 4 5 AZ Mike Bolsinger* 21:40
Corey Kluber CLE 7 5 5 10 1 LAA Jered Weaver 22:05
Eric Stults SD 1 3 3 6 4 SF Matt Cain 22:15

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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cass
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cass
2 years 2 months ago

I’m not quite sure which game you’re recommending that we watch tonight. Really tough decision for baseball fans. Should fans watch the game with the higher NERD score? The game with the best story based on recency bias? Or the game with a good center-field camera? Or perhaps the game featuring last year’s RoY winner and leading contender for this year’s Cy Young facing off against the team with the second best record in baseball?

Glad you break this down for us, Carson, cause knowing what game is the best to watch is often very difficult as can be seen on a night like tonight.

Anon21
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Anon21
2 years 2 months ago

Now that people are excited for the Fernandez-Wood matchup, it will presumably turn out to be a sloppy 12-10 marathon with 10 combined errors.

But what I’m hoping is that we inaugurate this new deadball era by having Wood and Fernandez lock horns four times this season, with the Braves and Marlins splitting those games, each decided by a 1-0 score. A fan can dream, can’t he?

Luke Hoekstra
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Luke Hoekstra
2 years 2 months ago

Is there somewhere we can track the change in Team NERD scores through the year? I realize this is mostly for fun, but the Chicago Cubs suck hog’s balls and their major league team should not be scored close to average at anything.

dude
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dude
2 years 2 months ago

Kluber only at a 7 now?

Aaron Trammell
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Aaron Trammell
2 years 2 months ago

Kluber at a 7? Did he and Cistulli have a messy breakup or something?

Icy Hot
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Icy Hot
2 years 2 months ago

Eric Bedard should never, ever, be ranked higher than any pitcher on this planet. Never. I attended his last start at the Trop vs. the Twins, and to suggest that he sucks would be placing him too high on a pedestal.

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