NERD Game Scores for Tuesday, May 20, 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.


Most Highly Rated Game
New York AL at Chicago NL | 19:10 ET
Masahiro Tanaka (58.0 IP, 58 xFIP-, 1.6 WAR) faces Jason Hammel (53.0 IP, 96 xFIP-, 0.9 WAR). The former has produced the second-best park-adjusted xFIP among all qualified starters, and the absolute best park-adjusted xFIP among all qualified starters who haven’t also recently destroyed both their UCLs and, while so doing, the illusions of many who believed in the permanence of beauty.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Chicago NL Television.

Three Brief Notes
Regarding Anthony DeSclafani, His Recent Debut
Making his major-league debut last week in place of the injured Jose Fernandez, Miami right-hander Anthony DeSclafani recorded a single-game 2.34 xFIP at the Los Angeles Dodgers (box). He starts today against Philadelphia.

Regarding Drew Pomeranz, His Work as a Starter
In his two starts this season, which also account for both of his last two appearances, left-hander Drew Pomeranz has produced a 13:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 10.0 innings and a 1.60 xFIP.

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Baltimore at Pittsburgh, starts at 7:05pm ET, and can be accessed by means of this hyperlinked text.

Complete Schedule
Here’s the complete and very sortable table for all of today’s games. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from and also the rest of the internet.

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Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Mig. Gonzalez BAL 2 3 5 7 7 PIT Francisco Liriano 19:05
Johnny Cueto CIN 9 3 7 5 6 WAS Doug Fister* 19:05
Justin Verlander DET 3 5 5 5 6 CLE Trevor Bauer* 19:05
Josh Beckett LAN 4 6 5 2 6 NYN Rafael Montero* 19:10
Yovani Gallardo MIL 2 5 4 6 5 ATL Julio Teheran 19:10
D. Pomeranz* OAK 8 6 7 6 6 TB Jake Odorizzi 19:10
A.J. Burnett PHI 2 2 5 8 9 MIA Ant’ny DeSclafani* 19:10
J.A. Happ* TOR 3 6 3 2 2 BOS Felix Doubront 19:10
Masahiro Tanaka NYA 10 6 7 5 5 CHN Jason Hammel 20:05
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 7 5 5 2 5 TEX Colby Lewis 20:05
Andre Rienzo CHA 1 2 5 3 10 KC Yordano Ventura 20:10
Bronson Arroyo AZ 4 6 5 2 6 STL Adam Wainwright 20:15
M. Bumgarner SF 7 6 5 9 2 COL Franklin Morales 20:40
Scott Feldman HOU 1 8 5 9 6 LAA Tyler Skaggs 22:05
Kevin Correia MIN   3 4 5 8 SD Ian Kennedy 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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5 Responses to “NERD Game Scores for Tuesday, May 20, 2014”

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  1. DNA+ says:

    So baseball nerds don’t want to watch Verlander pitch?!

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  2. Greg says:

    Please tell me Kevin Correia’s NERD score was intentionally left ” ” to reflect his (and most of the Twins’ starting rotation’s) utter putridity.

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    • Book_Worm says:

      Exactly what I was thinking, Greg — hope it’s intentional. What’s more lopsided: the White Sox/Royals pitcher match-up of 1 and 10, or the Twins/Padres match-up of NOTHINGNESS and 8?

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    • Reddickulous says:


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  3. David says:

    I love watching Scott Feldman work. You’re all missing out.

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