NERD Game Scores for Monday, June 2, 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
Chicago AL at Los Angeles NL | 19:10 ET
Jose Quintana (67.1 IP, 88 xFIP-, 1.6 WAR) faces Clayton Kershaw (35.1 IP, 50 xFIP-, 1.2 WAR). Among the 172 pitchers who qualify for NERD — which is to say, pitchers who’ve recorded 20 innings or more as a starter — the latter has produced the best park-adjusted xFIP. By definition, the left-handed Quintana hasn’t done that. “Such is life,” one is compelled to say — in a foreign language, if at all possible.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Los Angeles NL Television.

Three Brief Notes
Regarding Today, What It Is in Italy
The reader doesn’t need to know, but perhaps won’t mind knowing, that today is Republic Day in Italy — inside of which country the author has composed the entirety of the present document.

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Tampa Bay at Miami, starts at 7:10pm ET, 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
John Lackey BOS 8 2 6 5 5 CLE J. Masterson 19:05
Bartolo Colon NYN 6 2 4 2 2 PHI Rob. Hernandez 19:05
Felix Hernandez SEA 9 4 6 5 3 NYA David Phelps 19:05
Alex Cobb TB 7 6 6 8 3 MIA Randy Wolf* 19:10
Kyle Gibson MIN 2 4 4 5 5 MIL Matt Garza 19:20
Danny Duffy KC 0 3 2 3 3 STL Shelby Miller 20:10
Jose Quintana CHA 6 3 7 6 10 LAN Clay. Kershaw 22:10
Charlie Morton PIT 3 6 5 6 5 SD Tim Stauffer* 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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Alliterative Name Game of the Day

Daniel Richard “Danny” “Dickie” Duffy starts for the Kansas City Royals, joined by Mike Moustakas, Michael Mariot, and Billy Butler, along with the spiritual blessing of world-class Cool Name prospect Cheslor Cuthbert. They take on Jon Jay, Daniel Descalso, Lance Lynn, and the Cardinals.

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A Missouri Must-See.

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