NERD Game Scores for Friday, May 16, 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
Atlanta at St. Louis | 20:15 ET
Ervin Santana (40.2 IP, 68 xFIP-, 1.1 WAR) faces Lance Lynn (47.0 IP, 91 xFIP-, 0.6 WAR). The former has produced the fifth-best park-adjusted xFIP among the league’s qualified starters thus far, while also having produced the third-most linear-weight runs by means of his slider.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Atlanta or St. Louis Radio.

Two Brief Notes
Yu Darvish’s NERD Score Still Likely to Outrage Some Readers
Despite his excellent last start, he’s still recorded only the 39th-best swinging-strike rate among 107 qualified starters (after leading the league by that measure last year). That’s one reason why. Another is that he’s among the league’s slowest workers. Because the author is an idiot, however, will likely be the most commonly asserted explanation.

Mets-Nationals Is Today’s Free Game
It begins at 7:05pm ET 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.

NERD Thing

Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Kyle Lohse MIL 5 6 6 5 6 CHN Jeff Samardzija 14:20
Alfredo Simon CIN 3 4 2 2 1 PHI Kyle Kendrick 19:05
Jon Niese NYN 6 3 5 5 4 WAS Tanner Roark 19:05
Sonny Gray OAK 6 5 5 5 5 CLE Zach McAllister 19:05
Edinson Volquez PIT 3 8 4 5 4 NYA David Phelps* 19:05
Max Scherzer DET 8 5 7 2 8 BOS Jon Lester 19:10
Drew Hutchison TOR 8 7 7 3 6 TEX Yu Darvish 20:05
Chris Tillman BAL 3 3 3 3 2 KC Jeremy Guthrie 20:10
Jose Quintana CHA 5 3 6 7 8 HOU Collin McHugh 20:10
Chris Young SEA 0 4 1 3 0 MIN Kyle Gibson 20:10
Ervin Santana ATL 10 7 8 2 7 STL Lance Lynn 20:15
Eric Stults SD 4 3 4 9 3 COL Jorge de la Rosa 20:40
Zack Greinke LAN 8 5 7 5 6 AZ Wade Miley 21:40
Chris Archer TB 6 6 5 9 3 LAA Jered Weaver 22:05
Henders. Alvarez MIA 6 9 7 7 7 SF Yusmeiro Petit* 22:15

To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.

We hoped you liked reading NERD Game Scores for Friday, May 16, 2014 by Carson Cistulli!

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A 0 Pitcher Nerd for Chris Young? Have you seen how tall this guy is?