NERD Game Scores for Friday, May 30, 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
San Francisco at St. Louis | 20:15 ET
Madison Bumgarner (65.2 IP, 79 xFIP-, 1.2 WAR) faces Adam Wainwright (81.0 IP, 77 xFIP-, 2.2 WAR). While a reasonable person might suppose otherwise, the innings figure published here for Wainwright actually is not a misprint: indeed, he (and three other pitchers, it appears) has already crossed the 80-inning threshold. Another threshold he’s crossed (alone in this case) is the three-win one — when calculating WAR by means of runs allowed, that is, and not FIP.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: San Francisco Radio or Television.

Two Brief Notes
Regarding Rafael Montero, His Most Recent Start
After two mediocre starts, Mets right-hander Rafael Montero was fantastic this past Sunday in his third, recording 10 strikeouts against 23 batters over 6.0 innings (box). Curiously, all but the last two of those (i.e. those strikeouts) appear to have been produced by means of Montero’s fastball — which assertion the following video appears to support.

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Baltimore and Houston, starts at 8:10pm 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 and also the rest of the internet.

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Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Juan Nicasio COL 3 8 6 5 9 CLE Corey Kluber 19:05
Ricky Nolasco MIN 4 3 4 5 3 NYA Vidal Nuno 19:05
Rafael Montero* NYN 8 3 4 2 1 PHI A.J. Burnett 19:05
Colby Lewis TEX 3 2 6 6 10 WAS Stephen Strasburg 19:05
Jason Vargas KC 4 3 4 8 3 TOR J.A. Happ 19:07
Julio Teheran ATL 6 7 5 9 3 MIA Tom Koehler 19:10
David Price TB 9 6 7 2 7 BOS Bran. Workman* 19:10
Miguel Gonzalez BAL 3 4 4 7 5 HOU Brett Oberholtzer 20:10
Travis Wood CHN 3 5 4 5 5 MIL Marco Estrada 20:10
Ian Kennedy SD 8 6 5 3 2 CHA John Danks 20:10
M. Bumgarner SF 9 6 7 3 7 STL Adam Wainwright 20:15
Mike Leake CIN 5 3 5 5 5 AZ Bronson Arroyo 21:40
Garrett Richards LAA 8 9 7 6 6 OAK Drew Pomeranz* 22:05
Justin Verlander DET 2 5 4 5 6 SEA Hisashi Iwakuma 22:10
Francisco Liriano PIT 7 6 6 6 4 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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