NERD Game Scores for Tuesday, May 17, 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 New York NL | 19:10 ET
Scherzer (52.0 IP, 78 xFIP-) vs. Syndergaard (46.1 IP, 60 xFIP-)
One doesn’t require an unusually complex and only modestly useful algorithm to identify this evening’s encounter between Max Scherzer and Noah Syndergaard as the day’s most compelling. That said, the world is populated by a number of things one doesn’t expressly require — and which persist nevertheless. Like an attractive J√łtul-brand cast-iron stove in the corner of the living room, for example. Or like a table constructed from gas pipe and reclaimed pallet wood that you bought on Etsy and really brings the kitchen together. In conclusion: industrial-chic mailbox, brushed-nickel floating house numbers, strikeouts, average fastball velocity, and primitive entry door with strap hinges.

Two Other Brief Notes
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Miami at Philadelphia, starts at 19:05 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 17, 2016
Away SP TM GM TM SP Home Time
Alfredo Simon CIN 2 3 4 5 7 CLE Danny Salazar 18:10
Aaron Blair ATL 0 0 3 5 5 PIT Juan Nicasio 19:05
Wei-Yin Chen MIA 6 6 6 3 9 PHI Vincent Velasquez 19:05
Wade Miley SEA 8 5 6 6 5 BAL Ubaldo Jimenez 19:05
Chris Archer TB 8 7 7 4 7 TOR Marcus Stroman 19:07
Phil Hughes MIN 4 6 4 4 2 DET Mike Pelfrey 19:10
Max Scherzer WAS 10 6 9 7 10 NYN Noah Syndergaard 19:10
Kyle Hendricks CHN 9 8 6 5 3 MIL Chase Anderson 20:10
Dallas Keuchel HOU 6 6 6 4 7 CHA Carlos Rodon 20:10
Rick Porcello BOS 6 8 4 4 1 KC Yordano Ventura 20:15
Chad Bettis COL 6 4 6 6 7 STL Jaime Garcia 20:15
Michael Pineda NYA 7 4 6 7 6 AZ Zack Greinke 21:40
Cole Hamels TEX 6 5 5 5 3 OAK Jesse Hahn 22:05
Jered Weaver LAA 3 2 5 5 10 LAN Clayton Kershaw 22:10
Madison Bumgarner SF 6 4 5 5 3 SD Colin Rea 22:10
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.

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

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free-range turducken
6 years ago

Was there ever a bigger margin between #1 and #2 NERD score on a day with a normal-size slate of games?

PS – if you ever wanted to put NERD scores in the Glossary, this table might be a great cherry-picked example to show NERD doing what it was intended to do.