NERD Game Scores for Saturday, May 24, 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
Washington at Piitsburgh | 19:10 ET
Stephen Strasburg (61.1 IP, 67 xFIP-, 1.7 WAR) faces Gerrit Cole (58.2 IP, 89 xFIP-, 0.4 WAR) — which pitchers are ranked ninth and fourth, respectively, by average fastball velocity among qualified starters. Regarding Strasburg, specifically, both his Steamer and ZiPS updated end-of-season lines indicate that he’s likely to surpass his career-best 4.1 WAR mark from 2012.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Washington Radio.

Three Brief Notes
Regarding Kluber, What He Is Currently
One thing that Corey Kluber currently is, is second among all pitchers by WAR.

Regarding Kluber, What Else He Is Currently
Another thing Corey Kluber is — according to celebrity philosopher Slavoj Žižek, at least — is the “spectre [that’s] haunting Western academia.”

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game hadn’t been announced as of press time, but 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
Corey Kluber CLE 9 5 6 4 4 BAL Ubaldo Jimenez 12:35
Jesse Chavez OAK 7 6 7 7 8 TOR R.A. Dickey 13:07
Vidal Nuno NYA 2 5 3 3 2 CHA John Danks 14:10
Dan Haren LAN 5 6 5 2 5 PHI David Buchanan* 15:05
Nick Martinez TEX 3 2 5 5 7 DET Rick Porcello 16:08
Josh Collmenter AZ 2 5 4 2 6 NYN Zack Wheeler 16:10
Jake Peavy BOS 1 3 5 6 10 TB David Price 16:10
Juan Nicasio COL 3 9 5 7 6 ATL Mike Minor 16:10
Wily Peralta MIL 8 4 7 9 7 MIA Jacob Turner 16:10
James Shields KC 6 3 6 8 7 LAA Matt Shoemaker* 19;15
Jaime Garcia* STL 8 3 5 2 3 CIN Tony Cingrani 19:15
St. Strasburg WAS 10 5 9 6 10 PIT Gerrit Cole 19:15
Sam Deduno* MIN 5 4 4 6 1 SF Ryan Vogelsong 22:05
Travis Wood CHN 4 5 5 5 5 SD Billy Buckner* 22:10
B. Oberholtzer HOU 4 8 4 5 3 SEA Brandon Maurer 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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Brett Oberholtzer? Carson, he’s still in AAA. Are you ignoring that guy we’re not supposed to be ignoring anymore? Fancy linking to this site and the article like you did. (I’m too lazy to actually link).