NERD Game Scores for Tuesday, May 31, 2016 by Carson Cistulli May 31, 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 Pittsburgh at Miami | 19:10 ET Cole (53.1 IP, 100 xFIP-) vs. Fernandez (60.2 IP, 63 xFIP-) Were Noah Syndergaard and Nathan Eovaldi and Carlos Martinez and Yordano Ventura — were none of those four to exist, the starters in this game between Pittsburgh and Miami would possess the top two average four-seam velocities among all qualifiers. This presupposes, of course, that Cole and Fernandez weren’t somehow also altered. Which, have Syndergaard and Eovladi and everyone — have they died in this hypothetical scenario? Or have they merely never been born? Is it possible that their presence is detected only by their absence, not unlike a black hole? Can a man step in the same river twice? Of course, he can. As long as he’s brought his towel with him, it shouldn’t be a problem. Readers’ Preferred Television Broadcast: Pittsburgh. Two Other Brief Notes Today’s Free Game Today’s free game features Cincinnati at Colorado, starts at 20:40 ET, and can be accessed by means of this hyperlinked text. Broadcaster Rankings Recently, the present author facilitated a crowdsourcing effort to reproduce the broadcaster rankings which appeared on this site roughly four years ago. The results from that effort — for television broadcasts, at least — are available 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 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 31, 2016 Away SP TM GM TM SP Home Time Lance McCullers HOU 9 6 7 7 4 AZ Patrick Corbin 15:40 James Shields SD 4 5 5 7 4 SEA Hisashi Iwakuma 15:40 Colby Lewis TEX 4 5 6 7 8 CLE Corey Kluber 18:10 Eduardo Rodriguez* BOS 6 8 7 5 8 BAL Kevin Gausman 19:05 Joe Ross WAS 6 6 6 2 10 PHI Aaron Nola 19:05 CC Sabathia NYA 3 4 4 4 4 TOR J.A. Happ 19:07 Mat Latos CHA 1 3 5 6 10 NYN Steven Matz 19:10 Gerrit Cole PIT 7 6 7 5 10 MIA Jose Fernandez 19:10 Jake Peavy SF 3 4 3 1 5 ATL Matt Wisler 19:10 Scott Kazmir LAN 5 5 6 7 8 CHN Jake Arrieta 20:05 Mike Leake STL 4 6 5 5 4 MIL Wily Peralta 20:10 Drew Smyly TB 7 7 6 5 6 KC Dillon Gee 20:15 Jon Moscot CIN 0 3 4 3 10 COL Jon Gray 20:40 Anibal Sanchez DET 3 4 3 2 3 LAA Hector Santiago 22:05 Tyler Duffey MIN 6 6 4 4 0 OAK Eric Surkamp 22:05 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.