NERD Game Scores for May 30, 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.


Most Highly Rated Game
Chicago NL at San Diego | 22:10 ET
Butler (14.0 IP, 121 xFIP-) vs. Lamet (5.0 IP, 66 xFIP-)
San Diego right-hander Dinelson Lamet made his major-league debut last Thursday and was excellent in pretty much all the ways one could expect a pitcher to be excellent. He produced an 8:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio against 20 batters (box). He conceded just a lone run. He sat in the mid-90s with his fastball. He recorded whiff rates of roughly 20% with both his slider and changeup. (League average for both is typically around 15%.) He merits attention and considerable attention, is the point.

Here’s an example of both the fastball and changeup — to strike out Michael Conforto in the first and fifth innings, respectively:

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Chicago NL Television.

Another Brief Note
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Los Angeles NL at St. Louis, starts at 19:05 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 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 30, 2017
Away SP TM GM TM SP Home Time
Sonny Gray OAK 7 6 7 6 8 CLE Trevor Bauer 18:10
Robbie Ray AZ 7 9 6 3 6 PIT Ivan Nova 19:05
Kenta Maeda LAN 7 7 7 4 9 STL Michael Wacha 19:05
Luis Severino NYA 10 8 6 3 1 BAL Chris Tillman 19:05
Asher Wojciechowski* CIN 6 8 7 4 10 TOR J.A. Happ 19:07
Zach Davies MIL 3 7 5 5 5 NYN Tyler Pill* 19:10
Vince Velasquez PHI 8 4 5 4 2 MIA Justin Nicolino 19:10
Ariel Miranda SEA 4 2 5 7 8 COL Tyler Anderson 19:10
Matt Andriese TB 4 7 5 5 3 TEX Nick Martinez 20:05
Chris Sale BOS 10 3 6 5 4 CHA Jose Quintana 20:10
Mike Fiers HOU 3 6 6 6 8 MIN Jose Berrios 20:10
Justin Verlander DET 2 3 4 3 6 KC Eric Skoglund* 20:15
Bartolo Colon ATL 3 2 4 4 5 LAA Parker Bridwell* 22:07
Eddie Butler CHN 2 6 7 4 16 SD Dinelson Lamet* 22:10
Gio Gonzalez WAS 3 6 5 2 10 SF Jeff Samardzija 22:15
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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Dinelson Lamet scoring the rare 16 on a 1-10 scale!

Timothy Smart
Timothy Smart

Given the author’s love for fringe prospects, the 16 doesn’t surprise me as much at the 10 given to JA Happ