NERD Game Scores for Thursday, May 5, 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
Washington at Chicago NL | 20:05 ET
Ross (22.2 IP, 105 xFIP-) vs. Hendricks (23.0 IP, 73 xFIP-)
Of the 136 starters to have recorded 20-plus innings so far this year, only five have recorded a lower average fastball velocity than Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks. Two of those five are knuckleballers. Another is Jered Weaver, whose fastball is so slow… How slow is it?… It’s so slow, one could author a slim collection of poorly conceived and executed jokes just like this one about it… And yet, what one finds is — despite Hendricks’ relative dearth of arm speed — is an equal and opposite amount of success. He induces grounders. He hardly walks anyone. He’s posted a league-average strikeout rate. Today, he also starts for the Cubs.

Two Other Brief Notes
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Arizona at Miami starts at 19:10 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. Cast ballots for television broadcasts here; for radio broadcasts, here.

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 5, 2016
Away SP TM GM TM SP Home Time
Jerad Eickhoff PHI 8 3 6 7 6 STL Jaime Garcia 13:45
Michael Fulmer* DET 9 5 7 6 5 CLE Trevor Bauer* 18:10
Masahiro Tanaka NYA 6 4 6 5 7 BAL Kevin Gausman 19:05
Derek Holland TEX 2 3 3 4 3 TOR J.A. Happ 19:07
Robbie Ray AZ 5 8 6 6 6 MIA Adam Conley 19:10
Chase Anderson MIL 3 5 3 3 1 CIN Alfredo Simon 19:10
Joe Ross WAS 5 6 7 9 9 CHN Kyle Hendricks 20:05
Henry Owens* BOS 5 6 5 4 4 CHA Erik Johnson* 20:10
Wade Miley SEA 7 5 6 6 5 HOU Chris Devenski* 20:10
Jacob deGrom NYN 7 7 6 5 4 SD Colin Rea 22:10
Chris Rusin* COL 4 5 4 5 3 SF Matt Cain 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.

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Mario Mendoza
Mario Mendoza

Heads up writers: Jon Gray is filthy, and, in possibly related news, he has a new curveball that PitchFX isn’t distinguishing from his slider despite has big break and speed difference.



Can someone with the tools see what kind of results it’s getting, separate from his slider?

Mario Mendoza
Mario Mendoza

In his 3 starts he threw it once, then 4 times, and then 13 times. He was great in that last start, but it was also his only road start, and in SD.