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  1. Maybe Angel Hernandez was trying to suppress the park factor for home runs to its normal rate the whole time!

    Comment by Benzedrine — May 10, 2013 @ 10:57 am

  2. May I humbly suggest a new feature for the Daily Notes?

    Where you currently are in the habit of writing

    “The average NERD Game Score for today is X,”

    where ‘X’ represents the average NERD Game Score for today (that day), you might instead write:

    “The average NERD Game Score for today is X, ranking today as the Yth most exciting day of baseball in the Z days since the season began. The day with the highest average NERD Game Score since the season began was A”

    Where ‘X’ once again represents the average NERD Game Score for today (that day), ‘Y’ represents the number of days, plus one, where the average NERD Game Score was higher than today’s (that day’s), ‘Z’ represents the number of days on which regular season Major League baseball has been played in 2013, inclusive of today (that day), and ‘A’ represents the day in 2013 in which the highest average NERD Game Score was attained. You may adjust the two letters following the value for ‘Y’ (st, nd, rd, th) as the accepted rules of English grammar dictate.

    It is my general feeling that such an addition to the (traditionally) penultimate sentence of the Daily Notes would greatly increase general enjoyment of said Notes and would also lower many readers’ cholesterol, thereby prolonging their lives.*

    *There is as yet no scientific basis for this claim.

    Comment by rianwatt — May 10, 2013 @ 11:14 am

  3. Gosh, it’s hard to write that way for any length of time. I tip my cap* to you, Carson Cistulli.

    *I am not currently wearing a cap, but there is currently one sitting on the corner of my cabinet and it is indeed tipped at something of a jaunty angle, so I consider the verity of this sentenced unimpeached.

    Comment by rianwatt — May 10, 2013 @ 11:17 am

  4. Can you do the same thing, but adjust for the fact that the AL has the DH and the NL does not?

    Comment by TKDC — May 10, 2013 @ 11:32 am

  5. I will add my support to this motion.

    Also, I could envision this leading to prediction contests at the beginning of the year (albeit a terrible contest), of the date with the highest Nerd score.

    Comment by VB — May 10, 2013 @ 11:38 am

  6. You remarked on a notable fact about Jeff Samardzija, so may I remark on a notable fact about Ross Detwiler.

    Pitch Type Leaderboard: Fastball%
    1. Ross Detwiler (90.8%)
    2. Bartolo Colon (89.4%)
    3. Lance Lynn (75.2%)
    4. Juan Nicasio (74.9%)
    5. Shelby Miller (74.2%)

    PITCHf/x differentiates between Detwiler’s traditional (46.6%) and sinking (44.0%) fastballs.

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — May 10, 2013 @ 11:53 am

  7. Holy crap. 90% usage on fastball? Why even swing at anything else?

    Comment by Wil — May 10, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

  8. As a life long White Sox fan I must protest the NERD score for this years team.

    It is much too high.

    Comment by MikeS — May 10, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

  9. Nota bene, however, that he has two very different fastballs with dramatically different movements, and they come from the same release point. Uses the sinker to generate groundballs.

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — May 10, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

  10. Soon good ‘ol Mark Reynolds will get his strikeout rate back up to 33% and then the HRs will stop coming

    Comment by bgburek — May 11, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

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