NERD Game Scores for Saturday, May 23, 2015

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.

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Most Highly Rated Game
Chicago NL at Arizona | 22:10 ET
Arrieta (52.0 IP, 70 xFIP-) vs. de la Rosa (53.0 IP, 89 xFIP-)
Of some interest regarding this game — besides the matchup featuring two above-average starters — is the quantity of young players its likely to feature. Consider: per Baseball Reference, Chicago has recorded the lowest average batter age (weighted by at-bats) among all major-leauge clubs; Arizona, the second-lowest such mark (tied with Houston). The Cubs, one notes, feature three regulars currently participating in their age-24 season or something less than that: Kris Bryant (147 PA, 1.3 WAR), Addison Russell (112 PA, 0.5 WAR), and Jorge Soler (180 PA, 0.3 WAR). The Diamondbacks feature that same thing, as well, in Ender Inciarte (174 PA, 0.5 WAR), Chris Owings (152 PA, -0.3 WAR), and Yasmany Tomas (98 PA, 0.4 WAR). If not an entire fountain of youth, this encounter certainly offers at least a lawn sprinkler or maybe bidet of youth.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Chicago NL Television.

A Single Brief Notes
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Seattle at Toronto, starts at 1:07pm 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 MLB.com and also the rest of the internet. Note that the calculations both for team and game NERD scores have changed recently to better integrate playoff odds into same. Read more about those changes here, if you’re the sort of person accustomed to making poor life decisions.

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Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Nick Martinez TEX 3 3 5 6 6 NYA CC Sabathia 13:05
James Paxton SEA 5 6 5 7 4 TOR Mark Buehrle 13:07
Matt Harvey NYN 10 5 7 7 5 PIT A.J. Burnett 16:05
Cole Hamels PHI 6 0 5 5 8 WAS St. Strasburg 16:05
Lance McCullers* HOU 8 10 7 6 4 DET Kyle Lobstein 16:08
Ant. DeSclafani CIN 4 5 7 7 10 CLE Corey Kluber 16:10
Mike Fiers MIL 6 3 5 3 7 ATL Shelby Miller 16:10
Trevor May MIN 6 2 5 0 10 CHA Chris Sale 16:10
Kend’ll Graveman OAK 0 5 3 5 4 TB Nate Karns 16:10
Chris Heston SF 7 4 4 3 3 COL Jordan Lyles 16:10
Yusmeiro Petit* SF 6 4 4 3 4 COL David Hale* Gm2
Mike Wright* BAL 9 5 6 5 3 MIA Dan Haren 19:15
C.J. Wilson LAA 3 5 5 5 7 BOS Steven Wright* 19:15
John Lackey STL 4 6 5 6 5 KC Edinson Volquez 19:15
Jake Arrieta CHN 9 7 8 6 8 AZ Rubby de la Rosa 22:10
Ian Kennedy SD 4 4 5 7 5 LAN Mike Bolsinger 22:10

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





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

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Devil's Advocate
7 years ago

I’d rather watch Harvey v. Burnett over Arrieta v. de la Rosa any day of the week.

3-2 Schlitter
7 years ago

Watch Burnett dominate a 2nd rate team YAY!

Aaron
7 years ago

Go on