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Daily Notes: A Sober Dispatch from the Corey Kluber Society

Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.

1. A Sober Dispatch from the Corey Kluber Society
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

A Sober Dispatch from the Corey Kluber Society
Adherent always to noted French poet and inventor of the frown Charles Baudelaire’s pronouncement that “Il faut être toujours ivre,”* it’s without joy that the Corey Kluber Society announces quite soberly that Corey Kluber himself has been placed on the disabled list for an indefinite period of time with a sprain of the right middle finger.

*Roughly translated: “One must always be drunk.”

The present author, as acting president of this fictional organization, has received much in the way of correspondence over the last 12-plus hours concerning how the Society might conduct its affairs now. “Will regular meetings still be held?” one asks. “Shall we find a replacement for Kluber?” asks a second. “Is ritual suicide by means of a Japanese short blade the only solution?” inquires a third, rather emotional party.

“Yes” is the answer to each of those three questions, just as it’s the answer to all questions. If there’s a principle to which the Society has committed itself, it’s one of constant affirmation. If Kluber is a figure around whom we might organize, it’s not because of Kluber himself, but rather of that feeling which he invokes in the membership — by means both of his unusual career arc and excellent slider. And changeup. And front-hip two-seam fastball.

The particulars of this most recent difficulty require attention; the generalities are immutable, however. The Society is not populated by new, but rather the very oldest, of thoughts — old thoughts, as Emerson would say, “merely cast into the mould of these new times.” It contains multitudes; and those multitudes, multitudes; and those multitudes, even more multitudes. It’s not unlike a strange, conceptual Russian doll. And, like a Russian doll, it is entirely useless, but also the raw material for a hundred important metaphors, like this single important and useless metaphor.

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Toronto at Seattle | 15:40 ET
J.A. Happ (33.0 IP, 139 xFIP-, 0.4 WAR) faces Aaron Harang (100.2 IP, 108 xFIP-, 0.6 WAR).

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Toronto Radio, Perhaps.

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 6.3.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.

Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Bartolo Colon OAK 4 6 6 3 10 CIN Homer Bailey 12:35
Miguel Gonzalez BAL 3 9 5 6 4 SD Eric Stults 15:40
J.A. Happ TOR   6 3 5 4 SEA Aaron Harang 15:40
Kris Medlen ATL 6 8 7 3 9 WAS J. Zimmermann 19:05
Travis Wood CHN 3 5 5 1 7 PHI Cole Hamels 19:05
Doug Fister DET 7 8 9 7 11 CLE Danny Salazar* 19:05
Tom Koehler MIA 5 2 5 7 6 PIT Charlie Morton 19:05
Jhoulys Chacin COL 5 7 7 6 10 NYN Matt Harvey 19:10
Ryan Dempster BOS 3 8 4 4 3 HOU Jarred Cosart 20:10
Samuel Deduno MIN 2 3 5 6 8 KC Danny Duffy* 20:10
CC Sabathia NYA 7 2 5 1 5 CHA Hector Santiago 20:10
Ricky Nolasco LAN 5 3 7 4 10 STL Shelby Miller 20:15
Chris Archer TB 5 10 6 2 8 AZ Randall Delgado 21:40
Alexi Ogando TEX 2 3 3 8 2 LAA Tommy Hanson 22:05
Marco Estrada MIL 6 4 6 5 8 SF M. Bumgarner 22:15

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* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.