NERD Game Scores for Wednesday, May 18, 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
Tampa Bay at Toronto | 19:07 ET
Odorizzi (44.2 IP, 99 xFIP-) vs. Dickey (48.0 IP, 104 xFIP-)
Apart from whatever merits he possesses as a ballplayer, Jake Odorizzi has this other virtue, too — namely, that his name facilitates a brief, phonetics-based Italian lesson. In the States, Odorizzi is the name of a right-handed pitcher. This is self-evident. In Italy, however, “Odorizzi” is something different. Regard: odiare is the verb “to hate.” Riso, meanwhile, is the singular form of the noun signifying either “laughter” or “rice.” Put together, odio risi (OH-dee-oh REETS-ee) means “I hate rices” or “I hate laughters.” The two sentiments are more useful than one might suppose: the average American tourist finds that communicating his or her distaste for rice and laughter composes about 40% of all conversations.

Two Other Brief Notes
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Houston at the Chicago Americans, starts at 20:10 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. The second installment of the results from that effort appeared yesterday.

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 18, 2016
Away SP TM GM TM SP Home Time
Tom Koehler MIA 0 6 4 3 6 PHI Jeremy Hellickson 13:05
Ricky Nolasco MIN 6 6 5 4 5 DET Justin Verlander 13:10
Steven Wright BOS 9 8 6 4 3 KC Ian Kennedy 14:15
David Price BOS 9 8 6 4 4 KC Edinson Volquez 20:15
Martin Perez TEX 3 4 5 5 6 OAK Rich Hill 15:35
Julio Teheran ATL 4 1 4 5 6 PIT Francisco Liriano 19:05
Taijuan Walker SEA 10 5 6 6 4 BAL Chris Tillman 19:05
Jake Odorizzi TB 5 7 7 4 10 TOR R.A. Dickey 19:07
Mike Clevinger* CLE 7 5 5 3 3 CIN Brandon Finnegan 19:10
Gio Gonzalez WAS 3 6 6 7 7 NYN Bartolo Colon 19:10
John Lackey CHN 8 8 6 4 3 MIL Jimmy Nelson 20:10
Doug Fister HOU 3 6 3 4 0 CHA Mat Latos 20:10
Chris Rusin COL 7 4 5 6 4 STL Adam Wainwright 20:15
Nathan Eovaldi NYA 10 4 5 8 0 AZ Shelby Miller 21:40
Mike Bolsinger* LAN 6 5 4 2 4 LAA Nick Tropeano 22:05
Johnny Cueto SF 7 4 6 5 6 SD Drew Pomeranz 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.

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