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Daily Notes: An Arbitrary Endpoints Leaderboard Event

Posted By Carson Cistulli On July 18, 2012 @ 10:29 am In Daily Notes | 8 Comments

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

1. Arbitrary Endpoints Leaderboard: July Hitters So Far
2. Today’s Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

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:


Name Team PA wRC+ BABIP Fld BsR WAR
Andrew McCutchen Pirates 54 326 .514 -1.0 0.5 1.7
Mike Trout Angels 58 273 .472 1.1 0.5 1.6
Neil Walker Pirates 57 253 .583 0.3 0.4 1.4
Michael Brantley Indians 51 253 .429 -0.7 0.4 1.2
Ryan Zimmerman Nationals 54 225 .353 -0.4 0.1 1.0
Kevin Youkilis White Sox 59 201 .382 1.6 -1.0 1.0
Mark Teixeira Yankees 51 227 .259 0.8 -0.1 1.0
Edwin Encarnacion Blue Jays 54 228 .364 -0.6 0.1 0.9
Ian Desmond Nationals 36 245 .409 0.4 0.1 0.9
Miguel Cabrera Tigers 58 198 .364 -0.6 -0.4 0.8

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.


Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
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
Undecided CHA 5 5 7 5 8 BOS Felix Doubront 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

To learn more about Pitcher and Team NERD scores click here.
To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.


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