NERD Game Scores for Thursday, May 21, 2015 by Carson Cistulli May 21, 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. *** Most Highly Rated Game Los Angeles NL at San Francisco | 15:45 ET Kershaw (51.0 IP, 57 xFIP-) vs. Bumgarner (50.2 IP, 93 xFIP-) The reader might regard it as an instance of “beating a dead horse” to suggest that a combination of Madison Bumgarner, Clayton Kershaw, and their respective California-based franchises — to suggest that all of it, together, conspires to produce a compelling spectacle. The author contends, however, that it’s nothing at all like beating a dead horse. On the contrary: while the encounter between Bumgarner and Kershaw is likely to produce considerable pleasure, the prospect of beating horses — dead or alive, really — skews decidedly more to the horrifying side of things. Indeed, a little research reveals that today’s psychiatric wards are occupied almost exclusively by people who were traumatized after witnessing the merciless assault of a horse. Really, the author’s suggestion regarding Bumgarner and Kershaw, etc., rather than the beating of an equine, bears much more resemblance to sitting in a massage chair at an area Sharper Image location, in that one is likely both to enjoy and also to repeat that activity. To that end, I submit that it might be more accurately regarded as an instance of “sitting in a massage chair at the Sharper Image” to suggest that a combination of Madison Bumgarner, Clayton Kershaw, and their respective California-based franchises — to suggest that all of it, together, conspires to produce a compelling spectacle Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: San Francisco Radio or Television*. *Unless Vin Scully has made trip to San Francisco. In which case, Vin Scully. A Single Brief Note Today’s Free Game Today’s free game features St. Louis at New York NL, starts at 1:10pm 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 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. Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP Home Time Archie Bradley AZ 2 5 4 5 4 MIA Mat Latos 12:10 J.A. Happ SEA 5 6 4 5 2 BAL Chris Tillman 12:35 Scott Feldman HOU 6 10 6 6 5 DET David Price 13:08 Jaime Garcia* STL 6 5 6 5 7 NYN Jacob deGrom 13:10 Jerome Williams PHI 5 0 4 3 7 COL Jorge de la Rosa 15:10 Clayton Kershaw LAN 10 8 8 4 7 SF M.son Bumgarner 15:45 Matt Shoemaker LAA 6 5 6 7 6 TOR R.A. Dickey 19:07 Matt Garza MIL 4 4 4 3 5 ATL Julio Teheran 19:10 Jesse Chavez OAK 5 6 6 5 8 TB Alex Colome 19:10 Wan. Rodriguez TEX 2 4 5 5 8 BOS Clay Buchholz 19:10 Danny Salazar CLE 10 7 5 0 3 CHA John Danks 20:10 Kyle Hendricks CHN 5 6 4 4 1 SD Od.r Despaigne 21:10 * = Fewer than 10 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.