Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
Arbitrary Endpoints Leaderboard: July Hitters So Far
The Arbitrary Endpoint Leaderboards, What They Are
The Arbitrary Endpoint Leaderboards represent an attempt to compensate for the influence of early season narratives, which — likely owing to a cogntive bias known as the primacy effect — are often quite powerful and can obscure more recent, notable performances. (Note: this was discussed — albeit not in great depth — recently in these same pages.)
The Arbitrary Endpoint Leaderboards, What Else They Are
The Arbitrary Endpoint Leaderboards also represent an opportunity for the author to build most or all of a post around what’s little more than a regular leaderboard from the present site, rendered into the form of an internet table.
What Ralph Waldo Emerson Would Say About That
Ralph Waldo Emerson, were he not unavailable at the moment, would likely say something like, “[A man] is like a ship in a river; he runs against obstructions on every side but one; on that side all obstruction is taken away, and he sweeps serenely over a deepening channel into an infinite sea.”
What the Author Would Argue
The author would argue that, a post such as this one, it’s basically the same thing as sweeping serenely into an infinite sea or whatever.
Leaderboard: July Hitters
Here are the leaders among field players, per WAR, in July so far:
|Kevin Youkilis||White Sox||59||201||.382||1.6||-1.0||1.0|
|Edwin Encarnacion||Blue Jays||54||228||.364||-0.6||0.1||0.9|
Today’s Notable Games
Philadelphia at Los Angeles NL | 15:10 ET
Many readers will have some interest in the fact that this game features excellent left-hander Cliff Lee versus other excellent left-hander Clayton Kershaw.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Los Angeles NL Television.
Houston at San Diego | 15:35 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Yasmani Grandal Status Update: 52 PA, .288/.288/.558 (.289 BABIP), 134 wRC+, 0.4 WAR.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Astros 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 Game Scores include the poorly conceived playoff-odds adjustment discussed in a recent edition of Daily Notes. Also note: the following table is entirely sortable.
|Ricky Romero||TOR||3||7||4||7||5||NYA||Hiroki Kuroda||13:05|
|Adam Wainwright||STL||8||9||7||8||6||MIL||Tyler Thornburg*||14:10|
|Cliff Lee||PHI||9||5||8||1||9||LAN||Clayton Kershaw||15:10|
|James McDonald||PIT||6||4||3||9||1||COL||Jeremy Guthrie||15:10|
|Wandy Rodriguez||HOU||5||4||3||5||4||SD||Clayton Richard||15:35|
|Colby Lewis||TEX||6||8||6||4||5||OAK||Travis Blackley||15:35|
|C.J. Wilson||LAA||4||5||7||4||8||DET||Doug Fister||19:05|
|Chris Young||NYN||0||2||5||7||8||WAS||J. Zimmermann||19:05|
|Ian Kennedy||AZ||6||7||6||4||8||CIN||Mat Latos||19:10|
|Justin Masterson||CLE||5||5||4||4||1||TB||Jeremy Hellickson||19:10|
|Ryan Vogelsong||SF||2||3||3||8||3||ATL||Mike Minor||19:10|
|Josh Johnson||MIA||7||3||5||1||10||CHN||Jeff Samardzija||20:05|
|Tommy Hunter||BAL||5||1||3||4||6||MIN||Francisco Liriano||20:10|
|Kevin Millwood||SEA||3||4||2||6||4||KC||Bruce Chen||20:10|