NERD Game Scores for Wednesday, May 7, 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
San Francisco at Pittsburgh | 12:35 ET
Tim Lincecum (31.2 IP, 89 xFIP-, -0.1 WAR) faces Gerrit Cole (39.0 IP, 94 xFIP-, 0.1 WAR). The latter has recorded the fourth-highest average fastball velocity thus far amongst qualified starters, at 95.5 mph. The former is once against conceding more runs (over 1.5 of them every nine innings) than his defense-independent numbers would suggest. Note with regard to this game that it will be played in front of probably the league’s most excellent center-field camera. Also note that it’s possible the Giants broadcast will opt for the off-center camera instead.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: San Francisco Radio or Television.

MLB.TV Free Game
Baltimore at Tampa Bay | 19:10 ET
Bud Norris (29.2 IP, 107 xFIP-, 0.2 WAR) faces Cesar Ramos (21.2 IP, 133 xFIP-, 0.1 WAR). At 9.1%, the Baltimores currently possess the worst odds of winning the AL East — which is very much the highest figure for a team with its division’s worst odds. In fact, every division besides the AL East features at least one club with less than a 1% chance of winning same.

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
Tim Lincecum SF 6 7 8 8 9 PIT Gerrit Cole 12:35
Zack Wheeler NYN 7 3 5 9 2 MIA Tom Koehler 12:40
Dan Haren LAN 6 5 7 5 10 WAS St. Strasburg 13:05
Bronson Arroyo AZ 3 4 5 6 8 MIL Wily Peralta 13:10
Felix Hernandez SEA 8 4 6 4 6 OAK Dan Straily 15:35
Erasmo Ramirez SEA 4 4 4 4 5 OAK Undecided* TBD
James Shields KC 5 2 5 3 7 SD Andrew Cashner 15:40
Ricky Nolasco MIN 3 4 5 5 7 CLE Danny Salazar 19:05
Cliff Lee PHI 9 3 6 6 4 TOR Mark Buehrle 19:07
Brad Peacock* HOU 5 7 6 4 8 DET Rick Porcello 19:08
Bud Norris BAL 4 3 4 7 3 TB Cesar Ramos* 19:10
Mike Leake CIN 4 3 3 3 1 BOS Jake Peavy 19:10
Adam Wainwright STL 5 3 6 7 7 ATL Mike Minor* 19:10
Jorge de la Rosa COL 4 8 4 2 3 TEX Colby Lewis 20:05
Travis Wood CHN 5 5 3 3 0 CHA John Danks 20:10
Vidal Nuno* NYA 4 5 4 10 1 LAA Hector Santiago 22:05

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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6 Responses to “NERD Game Scores for Wednesday, May 7, 2014”

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  1. Pope Francis says:

    Weird, I don’t remember canonizing Strasburg yet

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  2. dang says:

    St Strasburg, pray for us

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  3. mch38 says:

    So excited to be going to the Buccos in an hour!

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  4. jruby says:

    Yay! The Phillies are up to 3! Clearly, I can expect to be 50% more excited/aroused when I watch them.

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  5. Ryan Pollack says:

    I like how “Undecided” is more interesting than Buehrle, Ramos, Lewis et al.

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  6. John Danks' Mom says:

    Listen you malodorous coxcomb, this bumptious exercise of yours is as useful and tasty as maggot & adder pie.

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