NERD Game Scores for Tuesday, May 13, 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
Tampa Bay at Seattle | 22:10 ET
David Price (53.2 IP, 71 xFIP-, 0.9 WAR) faces Hisashi Iwakuma (14.2 IP, 69 xFIP-, 0.4 WAR). The former, despite having recorded an average fastball velocity over 1 mph lower than last year’s mark — which itself was 2 mph lower than his career-high 95.5 mph fastball average in 2012 — the former, despite all that, has pitched brilliantly thus far in 2014. To wit: both Price’s strikeout rate and walk rate are currently better than his previously established career-best marks by those same measures.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Tampa Bay 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
Drew Smyly DET 4 5 3 3 2 BAL Ubaldo Jimenez 19:05
Matt Shoemaker* LAA 7 10 8 2 9 PHI Cliff Lee 19:05
Zack Wheeler NYN 8 3 5 5 3 NYA Vidal Nuno 19:05
Justin Masterson CLE 7 4 7 7 7 TOR R.A. Dickey 19:07
Andrew Cashner SD 7 4 6 4 5 CIN Mike Leake 19:10
Felix Doubront BOS 1 1 2 3 4 MIN Ricky Nolasco 20:10
Franklin Morales COL 3 10 5 3 5 KC James Shields 20:10
Gerrit Cole PIT 9 7 7 6 4 MIL Marco Estrada 20:10
Matt Harrison* TEX 3 3 6 7 9 HOU Dallas Keuchel 20:10
Jake Arrieta* CHN 6 5 6 3 6 STL A. Wainwright 20:15
Stephen Strasburg WAS 10 5 7 5 4 AZ Bronson Arroyo 21:40
Scott Carroll* CHA 4 3 5 5 6 OAK Drew Pomeranz* 22:05
Jacob Turner* MIA 4 8 5 5 4 LAN Josh Beckett 22:10
David Price TB 9 7 8 5 9 SEA Hisashi Iwakuma* 22:10
Mike Minor* ATL 6 7 4 6 0 SF Ryan Vogelsong 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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804NatsFan
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804NatsFan
2 years 1 month ago

MLB.tv free game is Padres @ Reds at 7:10 ET.

Double J
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Double J
2 years 1 month ago

Wow Ryan Vogelsong’s NERD is undefined?

It's Gotta Be The Foot Waggle
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It's Gotta Be The Foot Waggle
2 years 1 month ago

NERD’s loving Hisashi Iwakuma despite his throwing at the slowest PACE among qualified starters since joining MLB.

Big Jgke
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Big Jgke
2 years 1 month ago

Just think of what his NERD score would be if his name a palindrome. Sadly (luckily) we’re one letter off from him breaking the system and NotGraphs with that.

RT
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RT
2 years 1 month ago

Price has pitched brilliantly in 2014? I think perhaps there has been some confusion…

Shadi
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Shadi
2 years 1 month ago

I just read Peavy is pitching tonight instead of Doubrant. So Peavy-Nolasco…I would have been so excited for this game in 2008.

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