NERD Game Scores for Wednesday, May 6, 2015 by Carson Cistulli May 6, 2015 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. *** Most Highly Rated Game Cleveland at Kansas City | 20:10 ET Carrasco (21.2 IP, 58 xFIP-) vs. Duffy (28.2 IP, 90 xFIP-) All indications indicated that Cleveland right-hander Carlos Carrasco would sustain — given adequate health — would largely sustain in 2015 his success from 2014. FanGraphs’ Eno Sarris found, for example, that no other pitcher generated a better combination of swinging strikes and ground balls with each pitch in his arsenal. That sort of performance in combination with the plus-plus velocity he exhibited on his fastball last year suggested that he possessed both the physical tools and pitching-specific skills to produce an excellent campaign. While he’s had some difficulty in preventing actual runs over his first five starts, Carrasco has continued to record among the very best defense-independent numbers in the league, having recorded, for example, the third-best expected FIP among all pitchers with 20-plus innings — behind only Clayton Kershaw and teammate Danny Salazar. Nor is the run-scoring likely all his fault: the Cleveland defense currently sits comfortably in the bottom third among all clubs both by Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) and Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR). Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Cleveland Radio. Two Brief Notes A Game for People with Friends For that portion of the readership who’ve somehow managed not only to originally make but somehow also sustain friendships with other human people, here’s a meaningless game on which you can gamble either all your life’s earnings or just your honor. Tonight features what would appear to be an inordinate number of hard-throwing pitchers. Carlos Carrasco, Gerrit Cole, Mike Foltynewicz, Wily Peralta: each of them basically sits at 95 mph. Nor are Jacob deGrom, Chris Sale, or Alfredo Simon far behind. Who, though, will average the hardest fastball tonight? Or maybe who will throw the single hardest fastball during the course of his start? Or who will throw the hardest fastball in each of their respective first innings? There are a number of possible permutations. Here’s one thing that’s not possible, though: escaping the cold hand of death. This game, at least, will allow one to avoid the thought of that death for a brief interval. Regarding Today’s Free Game Today’s free game features Arizona at Colorado, starts at 3:10pm 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. Note that the calculations both for team and game NERD scores have changed recently to better integrate playoff odds into same. Read more about those changes here, if you’re the sort of person accustomed to making poor life decisions. Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP Home Time Tom Koehler MIA 3 5 6 5 10 WAS Max Scherzer 13:05 Josh Collmenter AZ 5 5 3 4 0 COL Tyler Matzek 15:10 Robbie Ray* AZ 6 5 5 4 3 COL Jordan Lyles Gm2 Ian Kennedy SD 5 4 5 4 7 SF Chris Heston 15:45 Mike Leake CIN 6 6 7 6 10 PIT Gerrit Cole 19:05 CC Sabathia NYA 7 6 6 7 5 TOR Mark Buehrle 19:07 Ubaldo Jimenez BAL 7 6 7 6 7 NYN Jacob deGrom 19:10 Jerome Williams PHI 5 1 5 4 8 ATL Mike Foltynewicz* 19:10 Alex Colome* TB 8 4 6 5 4 BOS Justin Masterson 19:10 Carlos Carrasco CLE 10 7 8 7 8 KC Danny Duffy 20:10 Alfredo Simon DET 5 4 6 0 10 CHA Chris Sale 20:10 Joe Wieland* LAN 7 8 6 3 5 MIL Wily Peralta 20:10 Scott Kazmir OAK 8 7 5 3 2 MIN Kyle Gibson 20:10 Colby Lewis TEX 4 3 5 10 4 HOU Samuel Deduno* 20:10 Jon Lester CHN 8 5 7 5 8 STL Lance Lynn 20:15 Roenis Elias SEA 8 5 5 5 3 LAA C.J. Wilson 22:05 * = Fewer than 10 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.