NERD Game Scores for Monday, May 5, 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
Los Angeles NL at Washington | 19:05 ET
Zack Greinke (35.1 IP, 56 xFIP-, 0.5 WAR) faces Jordan Zimmermann (33.0 IP, 81 xFIP-, 0.6 WAR). One notes, in addition to the particularly compelling pitching matchup, that the visiting club here currently features no fewer than four field players who’ve recorded a win or more — which is probably the highest number on any single team, were one to examine the matter in more depth.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Washington Radio.

MLB.TV Free Game
St. Louis at Atlanta | 19:10 ET
Shelby Miller (34.1 IP, 132 xFIP-, -0.6 WAR) faces Aaron Harang (36.1 IP, 103 xFIP-, 0.7 WAR). Only once this season, in six starts, has the former recorded a single-game xFIP below 4.00 — notable, that, on account of he recorded a full-season xFIP below 4.00 last season. As the image below reveals, however, the problem does not appear to have been caused by any decrease in velocity — a thing that’s good and bad at the same time, probably.

Miller Velo

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: St. Louis 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
Zack Greinke LAN 9 5 8 6 9 WAS Jor. Zimmermann 19:05
Kyle Gibson MIN 1 5 4 5 5 CLE Zach McAllister 19:05
Jake Dunning* SF 5 7 6 8 5 PIT Jeff Locke* 19:05
J.A. Happ* TOR 4 6 3 3 2 PHI Kyle Kendrick 19:05
Jarred Cosart HOU 5 6 7 4 9 DET Max Scherzer 19:08
Jon Niese NYN 5 2 7 9 10 MIA Nathan Eovaldi 19:10
Shelby Miller STL 2 3 4 8 4 ATL Aaron Harang 19:10
Jose Quintana CHA 6 3 5 4 5 CHN Jeff Samardzija 20:05
Michael Bolsinger* AZ 8 4 6 6 5 MIL Matt Garza 20:10
Martin Perez TEX 5 2 5 9 4 COL Jordan Lyles 20:40
David Phelps* NYA 5 6 5 10 2 LAA Jered Weaver 22:05
Chris Young SEA 0 4 3 4 6 OAK Scott Kazmir 22:05
Yordano Ventura KC 10 2 5 4 2 SD Eric Stults 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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Wouldn’t Yusmeiro Petit be more likely to start for the Giants given he was excellent out of Cain’s spot last week?


(also given that Dunning has started only 1 game in the minors in the last 3 years)


Yes he is starting.