NERD Game Scores for Monday, May 23, 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
Oakland at Seattle | 22:10 ET
Hill (49.2 IP, 89 xFIP-) vs. Walker (42.2 IP, 78 xFIP-)
One might be inclined, instead of opting for this game, to choose the one which features the Rays and Marlins, on account of that contest offers not only (a) two reasonably compelling starters but also (b) one of the very best center-field cameras in all of baseball. As opposed to this game, that is, which features two compelling starters, as well, but one of the worst center-field cameras. Unless there have been developments in the meantime, that is. In which case: ignore this entire brief entry. Whatever the case, the consequences are almost non-existent and we’re an embarrassment to our ancestors.

Readers’ Preferred Television Broadcast: Oakland Athletics.

Two Other Brief Notes
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Los Angeles AL at Texas, starts at 20:05 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. The final installment of the results from that effort — for television broadcasts, at least — appeared Thursday.

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 23, 2016
Away SP TM GM TM SP Home Time
Jordan Lyles COL 1 4 3 5 3 PIT Ryan Vogelsong* 12:35
Mike Clevinger* CLE 8 6 4 4 0 CHA Mat Latos 17:10
Cody Anderson CLE 6 6 5 4 4 CHA Erik Johnson* TBD
Bartolo Colon NYN 6 6 5 6 4 WAS Gio Gonzalez 19:05
Vince Velasquez PHI 9 3 5 4 2 DET Mike Pelfrey 19:10
Matt Moore TB 7 7 7 6 7 MIA Wei-Yin Chen 19:10
Nick Tropeano LAA 3 2 2 4 1 TEX Derek Holland 20:05
Ian Kennedy KC 4 4 5 6 6 MIN Ricky Nolasco 20:10
John Lackey CHN 7 8 6 6 4 STL Adam Wainwright 20:15
Brandon Finnegan CIN 3 3 6 5 10 LAN Clayton Kershaw 22:10
Rich Hill OAK 6 4 7 6 10 SEA Taijuan Walker 22:10
Drew Pomeranz SD 6 5 6 4 7 SF Johnny Cueto 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 clueless author.

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

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7 years ago

According to the broadcaster rankings the preferred broadcast for Oakland vs. Seattle is the Oakland broadcast (#8) not the Seattle one (#17)