NERD Game Scores for Sunday, May 18, 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
Tampa Bay at Los Angeles AL | 15:35 ET
David Price (62.2 IP, 67 xFIP-, 1.4 WAR) faces Matt Shoemaker (11.2 IP, 105 xFIP-, -0.1 WAR). After his most recent start, during which he recorded a 12:0 strikeout-to-walk over 9.0 innings while also conceding just a single run at Seattle (box), Price’s run-prevention numbers now more closely resemble his excellent fielding-independent ones. Of note with regard to his opponents, the Angels have thus far produced a park-adjusted batting line, park-adjusted home-run rate, base-running runs total, and defensive-runs figure all about a standard deviation or better than league average.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Tampa Bay Radio.

Three Brief Notes
Regarding Jaime Garcia, The Significance of His Start Today
St. Louis left-hander Jaime Garcia’s start at home against Atlanta this afternoon represents his first major-league appearance since last May 17th.

Regarding Donn Roach, Who That Is
San Diego right-hander Donn Roach, making his first major-league start this afternoon at Colorado, was originally a third-round selection by the Angels in 2010 who was then traded to San Diego (along with Alexi Amarista) for Ernesto Frieri. He’s recorded 102 xFIP- over 21.0 innings in relief thus far in 2014.

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
Jesse Chavez OAK 7 6 7 6 7 CLE Justin Masterson 13:05
Charlie Morton PIT 3 8 5 5 5 NYA Hiroki Kuroda 13:05
Gerrit Cole PIT 9 8 5 5 1 NYA Vidal Nuno TBD
Tony Cingrani CIN 3 4 5 1 9 PHI Cliff Lee 13:35
Zack Wheeler NYN 6 3 7 5 9 WAS J. Zimmermann 13:35
Ubaldo Jimenez BAL 3 3 4 2 6 KC James Shields 14:10
John Danks CHA 1 3 2 7 2 HOU Brad Peacock 14:10
Felix Hernandez SEA 8 5 6 4 5 MIN Ricky Nolasco 14:10
Gavin Floyd* ATL 8 7 7 2 8 STL Jaime Garcia* 14:15
Marco Estrada MIL 5 5 5 5 4 CHN Travis Wood 14:20
R.A. Dickey TOR 8 6 6 3 4 TEX Nick Martinez* 15:05
David Price TB 9 6 8 9 6 LAA Matt Shoemaker* 15:35
Jacob Turner MIA 6 9 4 7 0 SF Ryan Vogelsong 16:05
Dan Haren LAN 5 6 4 5 3 AZ Josh Collmenter 16:10
Donn Roach* SD 5 3 5 9 3 COL Juan Nicasio 16:10
Anibal Sanchez DET 4 5 3 2 1 BOS Jake Peavy 20:05

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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10 years ago

If only Travis Wood was slightly more average aesthetically appealing the Cubs Brewers Game would have been perfect 5’s. Does this mean if someone turned on the game, they would both find it impossible to really get into the game, and also to find it in themselves to change in it hope of something better?