Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.
A Statistical Update on Players in Deadline Deals
On August 2nd of this year, the author published in these same Notes a leaderboard featuring all — or, at least, the most notable — players to have changed teams ahead of the July 31st deadline for non-waiver deals.
Nearly two months later, what the author has done is to aggregate and publish below a pair of similar leaderboards — in this case, featuring the statistical records for August and September of all those same players who appeared on the leaderboards from two months ago.
Leaderboard: August and September Stats, Traded Hitters
Here are the aggregate WAR figures, et al., from August and September for batters traded before the July 31st non-waiver deadline.
|8||Avisail Garcia||White Sox||149||2.8||-6.5||0.1|
Leaderboard: August and September Stats, Traded Pitchers
Here are the aggregate WAR figures, et al., from August and September for pitchers traded before the July 31st non-waiver deadline.
|1||Jake Peavy||Red Sox||58.2||40||15||1.3|
|10||Matt Thornton||Red Sox||7.1||3||3||0.1|
|15||Brayan Villarreal||Red Sox||0.0||0||1||0.0|
• While the New York Americans won’t qualify for the postseason, it’s not for lack of production from Alfonso Soriano. Overall, the 37-year-old outfielder has produced a 134 wRC+ and 1.7 WAR in 228 plate appearances since his (re)acquisition from the Cubs, starting the plurality of games in left field during that stretch.
• Were it not for a recent start against San Francisco during which he recorded a 0:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio against 15 total batters in just 1.1 innings (box), right-hander Ricky Nolasco would likely sit atop the leaderboard among pitchers traded before the deadline. Leader Jake Peavy’s own claim to first place is somewhat tentative: he’s striking out fewer batters, walking more, and inducing fewer batters than he did with the White Sox. A .244 BABIP, however, and 6.1% home-run rate on fly balls have benefited his overall run prevention.
• After spending much of his season with the Cardinals as a member of their Triple-A affiliate Memphis, left-hander Marc Rzepczynski has been excellent for Cleveland, recording a 84 xFIP- in 17.1 innings with his new club.
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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.
Note that these NERD scores are calculated using the methodology introduced recently and designed to account for the influence of playoff odds on the watchability of games. ***Unlike in recent iterations of this table, the author has adjusted the day’s NERD Game Scores such that, combined, they average 5.0.*** This allows said table to resemble more closely the Game Scores that have appeared here over the preceding four months.
|D. Matsuzaka||NYN||0||0||3||0||7||CIN||Mat Latos||12:35|
|J. Zimmermann||WAS||9||0||8||2||8||STL||Shelby Miller||13:45|
|Francisco Liriano||PIT||9||1||6||0||3||CHN||Jake Arrieta||14:20|
|Dan Straily||OAK||5||0||3||0||4||LAA||Jered Weaver||15:35|
|Dylan Axelrod||CHA||1||0||9||4||10||CLE||Danny Salazar||19:05|
|David Price||TB||7||1||6||0||5||NYA||Phil Hughes||19:05|
|Esmil Rogers||TOR||5||0||3||0||4||BAL||Bud Norris||19:05|
|Kyle Lohse||MIL||4||0||3||0||4||ATL||Paul Maholm||19:10|
|Cole Hamels||PHI||8||0||5||0||5||MIA||Brad Hand*||19:10|
|Dallas Keuchel||HOU||7||0||10||6||6||TEX||Martin Perez||20:05|
|Max Scherzer||DET||9||0||4||0||2||MIN||Kevin Correia||20:10|
|Jake Peavy||BOS||5||0||4||0||5||COL||Jhoulys Chacin||20:40|
|Randall Delgado||AZ||7||0||4||0||4||SD||Ian Kennedy||22:10|
|Ervin Santana||KC||7||0||5||0||7||SEA||Hisashi Iwakuma||22:10|
|Ricky Nolasco||LAN||6||0||3||0||1||SF||Barry Zito||22:15|