NERD Game Scores for Friday, May 6, 2016

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by sabermetric nobleman 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
Washington at Chicago NL | 14:20 ET
Scherzer (38.0 IP, 91 xFIP-) vs. Lackey (33.1 IP, 85 xFIP-)
It represents a classic case of “stating the obvious” to note how this game features, in the Cubs, probably the best major-league team in the majors, and also, in the Nationals, something not much worse than the best major-league team in the majors. Likewise, observing that Max Scherzer is an elite pitcher recalls for many of us that gentleman who pointed at the sky and made certain remarks on the subject of its blue-ness. Is John Lackey elite? Perhaps not. But his name is a byword for competence. In short, this game offers quality all around — plus also a version of Tommy La Stella who’s produced seven extra-base hits in fewer than 50 plate appearances.

Two Other Brief Notes
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Boston at New York AL starts at 19:05 ET, and can be accessed by means of this hyperlinked text.

Broadcaster Rankings
Recently, the present author began the process of process of reproducing the broadcaster rankings which appeared on this site roughly four years ago. Cast ballots for television broadcasts here; for radio broadcasts, here.

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. Note that calculations both for team and game NERD scores feature adjustment for postseason odds that increases as season progresses. Read more about those adjustments here and here.

NERD Scores for May 6, 2016
Away SP TM GM TM SP Home Time
Max Scherzer WAS 7 6 8 9 8 CHN John Lackey 14:20
Rick Porcello BOS 7 6 7 4 8 NYA Michael Pineda 19:05
Rich Hill OAK 6 5 5 5 5 BAL Ubaldo Jimenez 19:05
Kenta Maeda LAN 6 4 5 4 6 TOR Marcus Stroman 19:07
Yordano Ventura KC 2 3 4 6 6 CLE Danny Salazar 19:10
Tyler Cravy* MIL 6 5 5 3 6 CIN Tim Adleman* 19:10
Vincent Velasquez PHI 9 3 6 6 6 MIA Wei-Yin Chen 19:10
Cole Hamels TEX 4 3 4 5 5 DET Jordan Zimmermann 19:10
Zack Greinke AZ 6 8 4 0 1 ATL Aaron Blair 19:35
Ricky Nolasco MIN 6 6 4 4 1 CHA Mat Latos 20:10
Taijuan Walker SEA 10 5 6 6 2 HOU Doug Fister 20:10
Francisco Liriano PIT 4 5 6 7 8 STL Carlos Martinez 20:15
Chris Archer TB 8 7 5 2 4 LAA Cory Rasmus* 22:05
Chad Bettis COL 5 4 5 6 6 SF Madison Bumgarner 22:15
Noah Syndergaard NYN 10 7 7 5 6 SD Drew Pomeranz 22:40
SP denotes pitcher NERD score.
TM denotes team score.
GM denotes overall game score.
Highlighted portion denotes game of the day.

* = Fewer than 10 IP, NERD at discretion of clueless author.

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

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7 years ago

turns out Richards isn’t just tired, it’s TJ