NERD Game Scores for Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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.

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Most Highly Rated Game
Cincinnati at Los Angeles NL | 22:10 ET
Homer Bailey (57.1 IP, 96 xFIP-, 0.2 WAR) faces Clayton Kershaw (28.1 IP, 53 xFIP-, 1.1 WAR). The latter, after recording a single-game 5.39 xFIP and conceding seven runs over 1.2 innings in Arizona (box), much more resembled his true self this last Friday in Philadelphia, during which start he produced a 9:3 strikeout-to-ratio over 6.0 decidedly scoreless innings (other box).

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Los Angeles NL Television.

Three Brief Notes
Regarding a Question from the Unwashed Readership
In yesterday’s edition of this same thing, reader Underwood4000 inquired as to how the author, in such cases where multiple games feature that given day’s highest rating, how the author endeavors to select one of them for further consideration (such as in the case of the Reds-Dodgers context above). The answer is thus: in fact, on the relevant Master Spreadsheet, NERD game scores are rendered to the second decimal point. Today, for example, the Cincinnati-Los Angeles game features a score of 7.38, while Atlanta-Boston and Anaheim-Seattle — both rounded to a score of 7 — feature scores of 6.75 and 6.50, respectively.

Regarding the Author, His Feelings After Having Written the Above
That he has indulged himself.

Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Detroit at Oakland, starts at 10:05pm 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.

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Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Charlie Morton PIT 3 6 4 3 5 NYN Bartolo Colon 13:10
Jarred Cosart HOU 3 7 3 3 1 KC Danny Duffy 14:10
Edwin Jackson CHN 5 5 6 6 6 SF Tim Lincecum 15:45
Jordan Lyles COL 5 8 4 2 3 PHI Rob. Hernandez 19:05
Hen’son Alvarez MIA 6 9 6 5 6 WAS Blake Treinen* 19:05
Chris Archer TB 6 6 6 7 5 TOR Liam Hendriks* 19:07
Gavin Floyd ATL 8 7 7 2 7 BOS John Lackey 19:10
Bud Norris BAL 3 4 3 5 2 MIL Yovani Gallardo 20:10
T.J. House* CLE 4 6 4 3 3 CHA Hector Noesi 20:10
Joe Saunders* TEX 4 3 3 4 1 MIN Kyle Gibson 20:10
Hiroki Kuroda NYA 5 5 4 3 3 STL Shelby Miller 20:15
Tim Stauffer* SD 6 5 6 5 7 AZ Chase Anderson* 21:40
Anibal Sanchez DET 5 4 5 6 5 OAK Scott Kazmir 22:05
Homer Bailey CIN 7 3 7 5 10 LAN Clayton Kershaw 22:10
C.J. Wilson LAA 4 9 7 4 9 SEA Felix Hernandez 22:10

To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.





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I’ve been using judgment to decide between equal NERD games. Now you’re saying that I may not have been watching the NERDiest games? This is bad.