NERD Game Scores for Friday, August 1, 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.astro


Most Highly Rated Game
Los Angeles AL at Tampa Bay | 19:10 ET
Matt Shoemaker (76.1 IP, 81 xFIP-, 0.9 WAR) faces Jeremy Hellickson (9.0 IP, 121 xFIP-, 0.2 WAR). In all of July, the former walked only three batters over 22.1 innings — this, while striking out 24. Nor was that performance particularly out of character for Shoemaker: among the 205 pitchers to have recorded 20-plus innings as a starter this year, Shoemaker has produced the 11th-best park-adjusted xFIP — just behind the recently traded David Price and just ahead of the also recently traded Jon Lester.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Tampa Bay Radio.

Two Brief Notes
Debut Notice: Boston’s Anthony Ranaudo
Right-handed Boston prospect Anthony Ranaudo, selected 39th overall by Boston out of LSU in the 2010 draft, is expected to make his major-league debut tonight against the New York Americans. Despite possessing a useful fastball and having produced a 2.41 ERA over 119.1 innings at Triple-A Pawtucket, Ranaudo’s fielding-independent numbers suggest that he’s likely unprepared to prevent runs at even a league-average rate.

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Seattle at Baltimore, starts at 7:05pm ET, will likely feature Austin Jackson in center field for the Mariners, 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
Rob. Hernandez PHI 0 3 3 7 5 WAS Doug Fister 19:05
Roenis Elias SEA 6 4 5 6 5 BAL Wei-Yin Chen 19:05
Jerome Williams* TEX 4 4 6 7 8 CLE Danny Salazar 19:05
Franklin Morales COL 0 8 3 5 3 DET Justin Verlander 19:08
Mat Latos CIN 2 1 3 7 4 MIA Jarred Cosart 19:10
Matt Shoemaker LAA 10 6 7 7 5 TB Jer. Hellickson* 19:10
Chris Capuano* NYA 5 2 5 3 7 BOS Ant. Ranaudo* 19:10
Ryan Vogelsong SF 3 5 4 2 4 NYN Jon Niese 19:10
Logan Darnell* MIN 6 4 7 3 10 CHA Chris Sale 20:10
J.A. Happ TOR 3 6 6 9 7 HOU Collin McHugh 20:10
Wily Peralta MIL 7 6 6 3 5 STL Ad’m Wainwright 20:15
Jeremy Guthrie KC 3 4 5 8 7 OAK Sonny Gray 21:35
Edinson Volquez PIT 1 6 3 5 4 AZ Vidal Nuno 21:40
Mike Minor ATL 6 6 5 5 4 SD Eric Stults 22:10
Kyle Hendricks* CHN 6 6 6 5 5 LAN Dan Haren 22:10

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

Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.

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9 years ago

18IP, 5H, 0ER, 0BB, 18K over his last two starts and no article?

I’m not upset, I’m just disappointed.

Well-Beered Englishman
9 years ago
Reply to  Marco

Uh, who are you talking about?

9 years ago

Carson’s crush. Who else?

Well-Beered Englishman
9 years ago
Reply to  Marco

Oh! And I even watched the second of those games. It was a masterpiece.

Hugo Sanchez
9 years ago
Reply to  Marco

I don’t know who you’re talking about. Kershaw maybe, but he allowed nine hits last night alone. Not Sale or Wainwright. I have no idea, perhaps you got mixed up.

9 years ago
Reply to  Hugo Sanchez

Rhymes with Korey Cluber.