NERD Game Scores for Wednesday, June 4, 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
Boston at Cleveland | 19:05 ET
Brandon Workman (16.2 IP, 101 xFIP-, 0.4 WAR) faces Corey Kluber (80.0 IP, 67 xFIP-, 2.8 WAR). The latter recorded 60 strikeouts and just eight walks in May, which achievement (according to pensive bullfighter Jason Lukehart) makes Kluber only the 10th pitcher since 1914 to compile at least 60 strikeouts in a single month while also conceding fewer than 10 walks. The lowest career WAR of the first nine pitchers to accomplish the feat: 57.9, care of Sandy Koufax. The worst career park-adjusted ERA: Jim Kaat‘s 93 ERA-. (See the full list of players via this custom leaderboard.)

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Cleveland Radio.

Two Brief Notes
Regarding the Games Below, The Accuracy of the Pitching Probables
The author, owing to some previously scheduled travel obligations on Wednesday, has composed the entirety of this post on Tuesday evening. As a result, some of the starting pitchers listed below might be incorrect. Fortunately, this is of almost no consequence to anyone, anywhere.

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Seattle at Atlanta, starts at 12:10pm 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 MLB.com and also the rest of the internet.

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Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 6 4 6 7 5 ATL Mike Minor 12:10
Francisco Liriano PIT 7 5 7 5 8 SD Ian Kennedy 12:40
Brand’n Workman* BOS 6 3 7 5 10 CLE Corey Kluber 19:05
Jesse Chavez OAK 7 6 5 4 4 NYA Vidal Nuno 19:05
A.J. Burnett PHI 2 1 6 7 10 WAS Stephen Strasburg 19:05
R.A. Dickey TOR 8 7 6 4 5 DET Rick Porcello 19:08
Tom Koehler MIA 2 8 6 5 9 TB David Price 19:10
Ryan Vogelsong SF 1 7 3 2 3 CIN Tony Cingrani 19:10
Bud Norris BAL 2 4 2 3 0 TEX Nick Martinez 20:05
D. Matsuzaka* NYN 3 2 4 5 6 CHN Edwin Jackson 20:05
Garrett Richards LAA 8 7 6 7 3 HOU Jarred Cosart 20:10
Marco Estrada MIL 4 6 4 4 4 MIN Ricky Nolasco 20:10
Adam Wainwright STL 7 4 5 4 4 KC Jason Vargas 20:10
Josh Collmenter AZ 3 5 4 9 4 COL Jordan Lyles 20:40
John Danks CHA 2 2 4 6 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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Cap'n Crunch
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Cap'n Crunch
2 years 23 days ago

Aren’t apostrophes supposed to actually reduce the number of letters in a name?

Well-Beered Englishman
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Well-Beered Englishman
2 years 23 days ago

Cool Name Game of the Day

Vidal Nuno, Yangervis Solarte, Preston Claiborne, Ichiro, and Jacoby Ellsbury take on Jesse Chavez, Yoenis Cespedes, Covelli Loyce “Coco” Crisp, and John Jaso.

DavidKB
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DavidKB
2 years 23 days ago

Also SEA ATL sort of spells just Seattle.

FredWilponzi
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2 years 23 days ago

what happened to the weekly Robert Kral Memorial piece??

Jason Lukehart
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2 years 23 days ago

I’ve never been called a pensive bullfighter before, but I hope it sticks.

cass
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cass
2 years 23 days ago

Strasburg is sadly no longer beatified it seems. We need to get Francis on the case. Miracles, however, probably won’t be needed against Philly tonight.

Jj
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Jj
2 years 23 days ago

It’s sad we don’t get the call for the society anymore during Klubers full on breakout season

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