NERD Game Scores for Tuesday, May 6, 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
Houston at Detroit | 19:08 ET
Brett Oberholtzer (32.0 IP, 108 xFIP-, 0.4 WAR) faces Robbie Ray (29.1 IP, 18.3% K, 4.4% BB at Triple-A). The latter was notably acquired from Washington this offseason (along with Ian Krol and Steve Lombardozzi) in exchange for right-hander Doug Fister — a move which seemed to represent a miscalculation of Fister’s value. Owing to a pair of spring injuries, Fister actually won’t make his season debut until Friday — i.e. three days after Ray makes his major-league debut tonight.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Detroit Radio.

MLB.TV Free Game
Seattle at Oakland | 22:05 ET
Roenis Elias (35.0 IP, 97 xFIP-, 0.5 WAR) faces Jesse Chavez (38.0 IP, 70 xFIP-, 1.1 WAR). The pair, thus far, account for two of the league’s most surprising pitching seasons. The former was originally forecast by Steamer to record a 4.82 FIP; his rest-of-season mark currently sits at 4.31. Chavez, for his part, received a 4.18 projected FIP this preseason. His raw improvement is less substantial than Elias’s (his current rest-of-season figure is 3.96), but one also must also account for the change in role: the right-hander was originally projected to make about two-thirds of his appearances in relief, in which capacity he would likely be producing better numbers on a per-inning basis.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Oakland Radio.

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.

NERD Thing

Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Clay. Kershaw* LAN 10 5 7 5 6 WAS Blake Treinen* 19:05
Samuel Deduno* MIN 5 4 6 5 7 CLE Josh Tomlin* 19:05
Tim Hudson SF 7 7 6 8 4 PIT Charlie Morton 19:05
Drew Hutchison TOR 8 6 7 3 8 PHI Cole Hamels* 19:05
B. Oberholtzer HOU 4 7 7 4 12 DET Robbie Ray* 19:08
Chris Tillman BAL 4 3 5 7 6 TB Chris Archer 19:10
Homer Bailey CIN 7 3 4 3 2 BOS Felix Doubront 19:10
Bartolo Colon NYN 5 3 6 9 6 MIA Hend. Alvarez 19:10
Tyler Lyons* STL 7 3 6 7 6 ATL Gavin Floyd* 19:10
Hector Noesi* CHA 3 3 3 5 2 CHN Edwin Jackson 20:05
Josh Collmenter AZ 4 4 4 6 4 MIL Marco Estrada 20:10
Robbie Ross TEX 6 2 5 8 5 COL Juan Nicasio 20:40
Hiroki Kuroda NYA 4 5 5 10 4 LAA C.J. Wilson 22:05
Roenis Elias SEA 6 4 6 4 8 OAK Jesse Chavez 22:05
Jeremy Guthrie KC 2 2 4 3 7 SD Robbie Erlin 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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I think I’d rather watch Kershaw’s return to the mound than any Astro’s game, highest nerd score be damned. All kidding aside I love this series and I appreciate it very much. Keep up the good work.