Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
Reluctantly Featured Game: Houston at Colorado, 20:10 ET
What the Reader Is Likely Saying
The reader is likely saying — with regard to the selection of this game, featuring a pair of teams that are a total of ca. 20 games out of their respective division races — the reader is likely saying, “I protest!”
What a Different Sort of Reader Might Be Saying
A different sort of reader — one who’s not a member of England’s landed gentry, for instance — might be saying something more like, “I hate this author” or “This author’s an idiot” or “I hate this author’s face part of his face.”
Regarding All Those Comments
All those comments by all those fictional readers I just invented are probably reasonable.
What’s Going On
What’s going on is, is NERD (the blanket term for our very proprietary watchability scores) doesn’t know that the Rockies are already 14.5 games behind the Dodgers, and have less than a 5% chance of making the playoffs.
What to Do About That
One thing to do about that, obviously, is factor a playoff-odds adjustment into the NERD Game Scores.
What the Author Just Did About That
I factored a playoff-odds adjustment into the aforementioned NERD Game Scores. You can see that below, in the section marked “Today’s Complete Schedule, Adjusted for Playoff Odds.”
One Thing to Note
One thing to note is that Colorado’s starter, right-hander Alex White, is both rather young (23) and has demonstrated the skills that lead to run prevention. To wit: 23.2 IP, 15.7% K, 5.9% BB, 51.9% GB, 3.63 SIERA, 93 xFIP-, 0.6 WAR.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Oakland Radio.
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 5.1.
Regard, a magnificent and sortable table:
|Cole Hamels||PHI||9||4||6||1||6||NYN||Jonathon Niese||13:10|
|Lance Lynn||STL||7||10||6||7||4||ATL||Tommy Hanson||13:10|
|Jor. Zimmermann||WAS||8||4||5||4||3||MIA||Carlos Zambrano||13:10|
|Bronson Arroyo||CIN||5||4||5||1||7||PIT||James McDonald||13:35|
|Doug Fister||DET||7||3||6||5||7||BOS||Felix Doubront||13:35|
|Travis Blackley*||OAK||6||3||6||2||8||MIN||Scott Diamond||14:10|
|Jeff Suppan||SD||0||3||2||3||4||CHN||Travis Wood*||14:20|
|Chris Sale||CHA||8||5||6||6||5||TB||Matt Moore||15:10|
|Wandy Rodriguez||HOU||5||6||6||7||6||COL||Juan Nicasio||15:10|
|Nathan Adcock*||KC||3||6||5||4||7||CLE||Josh Tomlin||16:05|
|Trevor Cahill||AZ||5||5||3||6||0||SF||Barry Zito||17:05|
|Tommy Hunter||BAL||4||6||5||6||5||TOR||Drew Hutchison||19:07|
|Kevin Millwood||SEA||2||5||5||10||5||TEX||Matt Harrison||20:05|
|Jordan Lyles*||HOU||6||6||7||7||8||COL||Alex White||20:10|
|Shaun Marcum||MIL||5||7||5||5||4||LAN||Aaron Harang||20:10|
|Phil Hughes||NYA||5||5||4||3||4||LAA||Jered Weaver||21:05|
Today’s Complete Schedule, Adjusted for Playoff Odds
Here are today’s games, adjusted for the playoff odds (per Cool Standings) of each team. Essentially, a team gets credit for being closer to 26.7% (the generic playoff chances for all teams when the season begins).* The methodology of the adjustment likely isn’t ideal, but it appears to produce decent results.
*Or, at least, as was the case in 2011. A switch to 33% probably wouldn’t alter the following numbers very greatly.
Note: the right-most column (marked “POFF”) reflects each game’s playoff-odds adjustment.
|Cole Hamels||PHI||9||4||8||1||6||NYN||Jonathon Niese||1.7|
|Lance Lynn||STL||7||10||6||7||4||ATL||Tommy Hanson||0.1|
|Jor. Zimmermann||WAS||8||4||6||4||3||MIA||Carlos Zambrano||0.8|
|Bronson Arroyo||CIN||5||4||5||1||7||PIT||James McDonald||0.0|
|Doug Fister||DET||7||3||8||5||7||BOS||Felix Doubront||1.9|
|Travis Blackley*||OAK||6||3||4||2||8||MIN||Scott Diamond||-1.7|
|Jeff Suppan||SD||0||3||0||3||4||CHN||Travis Wood*||-2.1|
|Chris Sale||CHA||8||5||6||6||5||TB||Matt Moore||-0.2|
|Wandy Rodriguez||HOU||5||6||6||7||6||COL||Juan Nicasio||-0.1|
|Nathan Adcock*||KC||3||6||6||4||7||CLE||Josh Tomlin||0.8|
|Trevor Cahill||AZ||5||5||4||6||0||SF||Barry Zito||1.1|
|Tommy Hunter||BAL||4||6||6||6||5||TOR||Drew Hutchison||1.4|
|Kevin Millwood||SEA||2||5||3||10||5||TEX||Matt Harrison||-1.4|
|Jordan Lyles*||HOU||6||6||7||7||8||COL||Alex White||-0.1|
|Shaun Marcum||MIL||5||7||3||5||4||LAN||Aaron Harang||-1.4|
|Phil Hughes||NYA||5||5||6||3||4||LAA||Jered Weaver||1.5|