Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.
Actual Ways in Which Tom Koehler Was the Best
Miami right-hander Tom Koehler made his second consecutive impressive start on Friday, recording a 2.79 xFIP over six innings of work versus the Chicago White Sox (box). Koehler was not Friday’s best starter in terms of overall run prevention; however, he was Friday’s best in no fewer than three other ways.
No. 1: Average Velocity Among Starters
As the following table indicates (taken from here), Tom Koehler recorded the highest average four-seam fastball velocity among all of Friday’s starters:
Here’s an example of Koehler’s fastball, thrown at 94 mph to Hector Gimenez in the fifth inning:
No. 2: Curveball Run Value Among Starters
As this table indicates (taken from here), Tom Koehler also recorded the highest single run value via the curveball among all of Friday’s starters*:
|2||John Lackey||Red Sox||7.0||0.6|
|4||John Danks||White Sox||6.0||0.3|
Here’s Koehler’s curveball, in this case to Dayan Viciedo for a fifth inning strikeout:
*That is, among all pitches classified as a curveball by MLB Gameday’s PITCHf/x algorithm. It’s possible that what Koehler was throwing in some instance might also be called a slider. In any case, the point is academic for our purposes: Koehler would have still tied Anibal Sanchez for highest slider value (link).
No. 3: This Fictional, Unnamed Metric
This final table indicates that Koehler was the best among all of Friday’s starters by this totally fictional and unnamed metric, as well, recording 14 of them, whatever they are:
|5||John Lackey||Red Sox||7.0||4|
Credit to Brooks Baseball for PITCHf/x data.
Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Colorado at San Francisco | 16:05 ET
Juan Nicasio (46.1 IP, 117 xFIP-, 0.3 WAR) faces Barry Zito (50.2 IP, 116 xFIP-, 0.6 WAR). Nicasio’s fastball remains about 1 mph lower than last season on average — nor does it appear to be trending upward at the moment.
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 5.0.
Note: the following table is entirely sortable.
|Freddy Garcia||BAL||1||8||5||5||9||TOR||R.A. Dickey||13:07|
|Scott Kazmir||CLE||7||9||7||8||6||BOS||Jon Lester||13:35|
|Billy Buckner*||LAA||5||5||4||6||2||KC||Jeremy Guthrie||14:10|
|Juan Nicasio||COL||3||7||3||5||2||SF||Barry Zito||16:05|
|P.J. Walters*||MIN||4||3||5||8||6||DET||Doug Fister||16:08|
|Travis Wood||CHN||3||5||6||5||9||CIN||Homer Bailey||16:10|
|Vidal Nuno*||NYA||6||6||5||7||4||TB||Matt Moore||16:10|
|Jeff Locke||PIT||2||7||4||5||5||MIL||Mike Fiers*||16:10|
|Ricky Nolasco||MIA||4||0||5||0||8||CHA||Jake Peavy||19:15|
|A.J. Griffin||OAK||5||6||4||4||1||HOU||Lucas Harrell||19:15|
|Jonath. Pettibone||PHI||3||1||3||2||4||WAS||Dan Haren||19:15|
|John Gast*||STL||6||2||5||2||5||LAN||Ted Lilly*||19:15|
|Mike Minor||ATL||7||8||6||7||3||NYN||Dillon Gee||19:15|
|Andrew Cashner||SD||5||6||5||4||5||AZ||Wade Miley||22:10|
|Derek Holland||TEX||9||4||8||6||10||SEA||Felix Hernandez||22:15|
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