Daily Notes: Arbitrary Endpoint Leaderboard Situation

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

1. Arbitrary Endpoint Leaderboards: August So Far
2. Today’s Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Aribitrary Endpoint Leaderboards: August 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.

Regarding This Situation, What a Person Might Call It
It’s possible that a native English speaker might refer to what’s happening here as a “win-win” situation.

Arbitrary Endpoint Leaderboard: August Hitters So Far
Here are the (sortable) leaders among field players, per WAR, in August so far:


Name Team PA wRC+ BABIP Fld BsR WAR
Buster Posey Giants 82 216 .400 0.1 -0.6 1.6
Jon Jay Cardinals 84 185 .419 1.4 0.4 1.4
Mike Trout Angels 94 173 .333 1.0 0.8 1.4
Jason Heyward Braves 90 152 .429 2.8 1.1 1.3
Chase Headley Padres 84 179 .283 0.7 -0.2 1.3
Prince Fielder Tigers 82 214 .333 -0.3 -0.5 1.2
Todd Frazier Reds 87 186 .356 -0.8 0.4 1.2
Eric Young Rockies 72 182 .442 1.1 0.8 1.2
Angel Pagan Giants 93 166 .391 -0.3 0.6 1.2
Michael Bourn Braves 94 137 .345 2.8 0.5 1.2

Arbitrary Endpoint Leaderboard: August Pitchers So Far
Here are the (sortable) August leaders among pitchers, by WAR:


Name Team IP K% BB% GB% xFIP- WAR
Kris Medlen Braves 27.2 25.0% 3.9% 55.4% 67 1.2
Adam Wainwright Cardinals 31.0 27.0% 4.4% 56.4% 67 1.2
Jeremy Guthrie Royals 28.2 22.1% 4.8% 36.8% 88 1.2
Felix Hernandez Mariners 32.2 22.8% 3.5% 45.2% 78 1.2
Jon Lester Red Sox 27.2 25.2% 5.6% 55.6% 63 1.1
Clayton Kershaw Dodgers 29.1 29.4% 2.8% 45.7% 61 1.1
David Price Rays 30.0 24.5% 4.7% 48.0% 73 1.1
Madison Bumgarner Giants 29.0 28.3% 2.8% 45.1% 69 1.0
Justin Verlander Tigers 21.0 30.8% 5.5% 37.5% 56 1.0
Cole Hamels Phillies 32.2 24.8% 2.5% 43.5% 77 1.0

Notes
Mike Trout‘s name has appeared on previous editions of these leaderboards, but, in both cases, he had BABIPs in excess of .400. In point of fact, it’s entirely likely that Trout’s .333 BABIP here is below his true-talent level.
• Rockies outfielder Eric Young has hit three home runs in August, which is more than he’d had in 600 major-league plate appearances entering the month. He was recently placed on the DL with a rib injury, but should receive considerable playing time in September with Michael Cuddyer (oblique) a possibility to miss the rest of the season.
• Atlanta right-hander Kris Medlen actually pitched just last (Wednesday) night, throwing seven innings in a defeat of Washington. Line: 7.0 IP, 28 TBF, 7 K, 1 BB, 10 GB on 20 batted-balls (50.0%), 2.57 xFIP.

Today’s Notable Games
Toronto at Detroit | 13:05 ET
Justin Verlander (181.2 IP, 79 xFIP-, 5.2 WAR) pitches for a Tigers team that has almost precisely a 50% chance of making the playoffs at the moment.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Toronto Radio.

Colorado at New York NL | 20:10 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Right-hander Collin McHugh makes his major-league debut for the Mets. The 25-year-old’s line at Triple-A Buffalo: 69.0 8.74 K/9, 3.52 BB/9, 0.91 HR/9, 3.84 FIP. The internet’s consensus scouting report: he’s basically Dillon Gee.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: New York NL 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 4.4.

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
J.A. Happ TOR 6 6 6 4 9 DET Justin Verlander 13:05
Tyler Chatwood COL 4 8 5 2 11 NYN Collin McHugh* 13:10
Dallas Keuchel HOU 0 4 3 9 5 STL Jake Westbrook 13:45
Johnny Cueto CIN 7 5 5 5 9 PHI Cole Hamels 19:05
C.J. Wilson LAA 4 8 4 6 6 BOS Frank. Morales 19:10
Tyson Ross OAK 2 6 5 4 7 TB Alex Cobb 19:10
Scott Diamond MIN 6 4 5 7 9 TEX Roy Oswalt 20:05
Tommy Hanson ATL 4 8 2 3 0 SF Barry Zito 22:15

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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Carson Cistulli occasionally publishes spirited ejaculations at The New Enthusiast.

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  1. I’ve got Trout’s ability to generate a hit on contact (H/(AB-K)) at .389. That’s a hair behind McCutchen and AJax.

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  2. Everything and everyone is below Mike Trout’s true talent level; even his griefs are a joy to one that remembers all that he wrought.

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  3. Ryan says:

    I blame Carson’s endowment of game of the day on Miguel’s injury.

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  4. Jack says:

    Buster Posey is the only player better than a God apparently.

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  5. Rob says:

    Someone has to check out the pitchfx charts for the Tigers-Jays game after it’s over. The smallest strike zone I have ever witnessed in any game.

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  6. Killa Mike says:

    Medlen has the lowest ERA and FIP of any pitcher with 70+ innings this year (Medlen has 87).

    The guy’s a stud

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