Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.
In terms of run prevention, Wheeler was excellent on Tuesday — insofar, that is, as he prevented every run over six complete innings. His defense-independent numbers were less impressive, owing largely to control issues which saw him throw just 55 of his 102 pitches (ca. 54%) for strikes. His complete line from Tuesday is as follows (box): 6.0, 26 TBF, 7 K, 5 BB, 4 GB on 14 batted-balls (28.6% GB), 0 HR, 4 H, 4.86 xFIP.
As the PITCHf/x chart below (featuring speed and horizontal movement) reveals, Wheeler threw four pitches on Tuesday — a fastball, a slider, a curve, and barely a changeup — the usage of which pitches adds up to 101% somehow:
Wheeler’s fastball was his most effective pitch against Atlanta. Of the 14 swinging strikes generated by Wheeler on Tuesday, 12 of those were by way of the fastball. Here’s one of them, to Brian McCann for a strikeout in the second inning:
Wheeler’s other two swinging strikes were recorded by way of the slider. Here’s one of those — in this case, one with less than horizontal movement than one might expect — to Dan Uggla for a strikeout in the sixth inning:
Wheeler’s curveball wasn’t particularly helpful for him on Tuesday — or, at least not in terms of results. He threw just four of his 12 curves for strikes — three called and one fly ball for an out. Here’s one of those called strikes, from the same Dan Uggla at-bat as above:
Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
San Diego at San Francisco | 15:45 ET
Eric Stults (90.2 IP, 107 xFIP-, 1.4 WAR) faces Madison Bumgarner (90.0 IP, 87 xFIP- 1.8 WAR). As noted in these pages recently by Jeff Sullivan, the San Diego offense and defense — but expressly not their pitching — has been quite excellent of late. The Padres, as a team, are presently a standard deviation above league average both in terms of baserunning runs and also defensive runs saved.
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 4.9.
Note: the following table is entirely sortable.
|Hyun-Jin Ryu||LAN||7||2||5||4||4||NYA||Hiroki Kuroda||13:05|
|Chris Tillman||BAL||4||9||7||7||9||DET||Rick Porcello||13:08|
|Jose Fernandez||MIA||10||0||6||3||5||AZ||Trevor Cahill||15:40|
|Eric Stults||SD||4||9||6||6||7||SF||M. Bumgarner||15:45|
|Luis Mendoza||KC||2||4||5||7||7||CLE||Ju. Masterson||19:05|
|Chris Capuano||LAN||2||2||3||4||5||NYA||Phil Hughes||19:05|
|Gio Gonzalez||WAS||6||2||4||1||3||PHI||Kyle Kendrick||19:05|
|Juan Nicasio||COL||3||9||5||6||4||TOR||Mark Buehrle||19:07|
|Shaun Marcum||NYN||5||6||6||8||5||ATL||Kris Medlen||19:10|
|Jeff Locke||PIT||3||6||4||5||4||CIN||Bron. Arroyo||19:10|
|Jer. Hellickson||TB||5||9||6||8||4||BOS||Ry. Dempster||19:10|
|Tommy Milone||OAK||5||6||5||4||6||TEX||Justin Grimm||20:05|
|Chris Sale||CHA||10||1||5||3||2||MIN||Kevin Correia||20:10|
|Kyle Lohse||MIL||5||4||3||3||0||HOU||Erik Bedard||20:10|
|Edwin Jackson||CHN||6||5||4||3||1||STL||J. Westbrook||20:15|
|Joe Saunders||SEA||2||4||4||7||4||LAA||C.J. Wilson||22:05|
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