NERD Game Scores for May 24, 2017

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by sabermetric forefather 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.

How are they calculated? Haphazardly, is how. An explanation of the components and formulae which produce these NERD scores is available here. All objections to the numbers here are probably justified, on account of how this entire endeavor is absurd.

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Most Highly Rated Game
Cincinnati at Cleveland | 18:10 ET
Bonilla (18.1 IP, 116 xFIP-) vs. Bauer (44.2 IP, 81 xFIP-)
By each of those three variables that inform run-prevention beyond the three included in expected FIP, Bauer has fared almost as poorly as possible. Among qualified pitchers, he’s conceded nearly the most home runs per fly ball. He’s allowed nearly the most hits per ball in play. He’s stranded nearly the fewest runners who’ve reached base against him. To observe Trevor Bauer is to observe a plaything of the arbitrary. It is to observe… ourselves!

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Cleveland Radio.

Another Brief Note
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Toronto at Milwaukee, starts at 13:10 ET, and can be accessed by means of this hyperlinked text.

Complete Schedule
Here’s the complete and also sortable table for all of today’s games. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and 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 24, 2017
Away SP TM GM TM SP Home Time
Jose Berrios MIN 9 7 5 4 1 BAL Chris Tillman 12:35
Marcus Stroman TOR 8 3 6 8 4 MIL Matt Garza 13:10
Edinson Volquez MIA 3 4 4 6 4 OAK Sonny Gray 15:35
Jose Quintana CHA 3 4 5 9 6 AZ Randall Delgado* 15:40
Lisalverto Bonilla CIN 6 8 7 5 8 CLE Trevor Bauer 18:10
Tyler Chatwood COL 6 7 4 5 0 PHI Jeremy Hellickson 19:05
Jason Hammel KC 1 3 6 9 10 NYA Luis Severino 19:05
Sam Gaviglio* SEA 6 2 4 6 3 WAS Tanner Roark 19:05
Ricky Nolasco LAA 3 4 6 8 9 TB Erasmo Ramirez 19:10
Jarred Cosart SD 3 5 5 5 6 NYN Robert Gsellman 19:10
Martin Perez TEX 4 5 6 3 10 BOS Chris Sale 19:10
Trevor Williams PIT 5 2 3 3 1 ATL Julio Teheran 19:35
Matt Moore SF 3 2 4 6 5 CHN Kyle Hendricks 20:05
Daniel Norris DET 3 3 5 6 8 HOU Charlie Morton 20:10
Mike Leake STL 6 4 5 6 4 LAN Rich Hill 22:10
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 doomed author.

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

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