Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.
Brief Review: Francisco Liriano’s First Start
Talented and also mercurial left-hander Francisco Liriano made his major-league season debut yesterday (Saturday) against the Mets in New York. What follows is a very brief review of same.
Liriano had one of Saturday’s best starts in the league, posting the second-best single-game xFIP (1.58) among the day’s 30 starters and also third-highest single-game WAR (0.3). Here’s his complete line: 5.1 IP, 24 TBF, 9 K, 2 BB, 4 GB on 12 batted-balls (33.3%), .462 BABIP.
As the PITCHf/x chart below (featuring pitch speed and horizontal movement) mostly reveals, Liriano threw his usual complement of pitches: a combination of four-seam and sinking fastballs, slider, and changeup.
According both to the PITCHf/x data here at the site and also to that available at Brooks Baseball, Liriano threw either his four-seam or sinking fastball just about 40 times — approximately 45% of his 90 total pitches. He sat at about 92-94 mph, losing some velocity as his pitch count grew. By way of reference, that fastball velocity is almost identical to what he was featuring last season, about 2 mph faster than in his miserable 2011, and about 1 mph slower than his brilliant 2010 season.
Lirano threw his slider, historically his best pitch, about a third of the time — approximately the rate at which he’s thrown it in the past. According to Brooks, he induced eight whiffs on 31 thrown (ca. 26%). Typically, he’s had about swinging-strike rate of 20-22% on the pitch.
Here’s footage of Liriano striking out Ruben Tejada on the slider in the first inning of Saturday’s game:
Liriano threw his changeup 20% of the time, inducing eight whiffs on 18 total thrown — for a whiff rate of ca. 45%, according to Brooks. Liriano has typically posted swinging-strike rates of 15-20% on his changeup.
Here’s an example of Liriano’s changeup from the second inning, to strike out John Buck. Liriano gets the swinging strike here almost entirely based on the change in speeds, as the location is rather poor.
Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Atlanta at San Francisco | 16:05 ET
Thing to note: Kris Medlen (44.1 IP, 109 xFIP-, 0.4 WAR) faces Tim Lincecum (41.2 IP, 84 xFIP-, 0.3 WAR). Other thing to note: the Atlanta Braves are second (or were as of Friday, at least) in adjusted home-run rate as a team.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: San Francisco Radio or Television.
Today’s Complete Schedule
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.3.
Note: the following table is entirely sortable.
|Zach McAllister||CLE||5||10||7||7||7||DET||Rick Porcello||13:08|
|Wily Peralta||MIL||5||7||5||4||4||CIN||Bronson Arroyo||13:10|
|Jeanmar Gomez*||PIT||4||7||7||7||10||NYN||Matt Harvey||13:10|
|Scott Feldman||CHN||2||5||4||3||7||WAS||Gio Gonzalez||13:35|
|Chad Jenkins*||TOR||3||4||6||10||7||BOS||Ryan Dempster||13:35|
|Eric Stults||SD||4||4||6||8||7||TB||Rob. Hernandez||13:40|
|Wei-Yin Chen||BAL||2||7||4||4||5||MIN||Scott Diamond||14:10|
|Hiroki Kuroda||NYA||4||5||6||6||7||KC||Ervin Santana||14:10|
|Nick Tepesch||TEX||6||4||6||5||8||HOU||Jordan Lyles*||14:10|
|Jorge de la Rosa||COL||3||7||4||1||6||STL||Jaime Garcia||14:15|
|Kris Medlen||ATL||5||9||6||5||7||SF||Tim Lincecum||16:05|
|Tom Koehler*||MIA||6||0||4||2||5||LAN||Chris Capuano*||16:10|
|Tommy Milone||OAK||6||6||4||4||0||SEA||Joe Saunders||16:10|
|Kyle Kendrick||PHI||5||1||5||5||6||AZ||Bran. McCarthy||16:10|
|C.J. Wilson||LAA||4||4||5||0||8||CHA||Chris Sale||20:05|
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