Daily Notes: Are You Familiar with Baseball?

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

1. Regarding How Baseball Returns Today
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Regarding How Baseball Returns Today
The Purpose of This Post
The purpose of this post is to alert the reader to how baseball — a game beloved by such notable personages as Walt Whitman and one of the Wright brothers, most likely — to how baseball returns today from its frightening and strange midsummer hiatus.

What One Can Expect Today
What one can expect today is to be assaulted by the thousand miniature anxieties of which a life is composed.

What One Can Expect Today from Baseball, Specifically
Confining our scope merely to baseball, it appears as though what one can expect is:

• To see, if he or she so chooses, three of baseball’s most compelling pitchers (Francisco Liriano, Anibal Sanchez, and Stephen Strasburg) make starts for their respective teams.

• To speculate idly — today and for the duration of the month — on which players will move to which teams before the July 31st trade deadline.

• To be assaulted by the thousand miniature anxieties of which baseball fandom is also composed.

On a Barely Related Note
On a barely related note, the author — because he will perhaps have no better opportunity to do it — the author would like to announce that, despite having been organized by the abominable Eno Sarris, that the FanGraphs-cum-BeerGraphs event in Chicago last (Thursday) night was a decided success and attended both by the very sweetest people and also, eventually, Dayn Perry.

On a More Related Note
On a more related note, what follows is footage of right-handed Cleveland prospect Danny Salazar‘s first appearance back at Triple-A Columbus following his very excellent major-league debut.

First, of Salazar throwing what is likely his excellent split-changeup to Philadelphia minor-leaguer Steve Susdorf for a strikeout:

Sal Sus Split

And then, two batters later, of Salazar throwing a fastball recorded at (it appeared) 98 mph on the stadium gun — in this case, to strike out Leandro Castro.

Sal Castro FA

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati | 19:10 ET
Francisco Liriano (76.2 IP, 78 xFIP-, 1.8 WAR) faces Mike Leake (117.0 IP, 104 xFIP-, 1.4 WAR). Of note regarding the former is this table, which includes the league’s top starters by swinging-strike rate (min. 50 IP):

Rank Name Team IP K% BB% SwStr%
1 Francisco Liriano Pirates 76.2 25.3% 8.9% 14.6%
2 Yu Darvish Rangers 119.1 32.5% 8.5% 13.3%
3 Matt Harvey Mets 130.0 29.3% 5.6% 12.7%
4 Anibal Sanchez Tigers 92.0 29.4% 7.1% 12.3%
5 Max Scherzer Tigers 129.2 30.1% 6.1% 12.3%

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Pittsburgh Radio or Television, Maybe.

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 5.3.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.


Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Ricky Nolasco LAN 6 2 7 2 10 WAS St. Strasburg 19:05
David Price TB 8 10 7 6 5 TOR Esmil Rogers 19:07
Andy Pettitte NYA 5 3 5 8 4 BOS Felix Doubront 19:10
Kyle Kendrick PHI 3 1 4 6 5 NYN Jeremy Hefner 19:10
Francisco Liriano PIT 10 6 7 3 5 CIN Mike Leake 19:10
Wei-Yin Chen BAL 2 8 6 3 9 TEX Derek Holland 20:05
Tim Hudson ATL 6 7 6 2 7 CHA John Danks 20:10
Scott Kazmir CLE 6 7 4 3 1 MIN Mike Pelfrey 20:10
Anibal Sanchez DET 10 7 8 6 7 KC Ervin Santana 20:10
Jacob Turner MIA 7 2 5 4 5 MIL Kyle Lohse 20:10
Joe Saunders SEA 3 6 3 2 3 HOU Bud Norris 20:10
Jason Marquis SD 0 6 2 4 1 STL Jake Westbrook 20:15
Jeff Samardzija CHN 9 4 6 8 3 COL Jorge de la Rosa 20:40
A.J. Griffin OAK 5 6 5 6 3 LAA Jered Weaver 22:05
Ian Kennedy AZ 3 2 4 6 4 SF Chad Gaudin 22:15

To learn how Pitcher and Team NERD Scores are calculated, 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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bdhudson
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bdhudson
2 years 10 months ago

So nice to see that NERD table again!

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lucastill alex
2 years 10 months ago

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DoubleJ
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DoubleJ
2 years 10 months ago

Wow, St. Strasburg? I think it’s a bit early for him to be beatified much less canonized. I know the Vatican is fast-tracking the process, but this seems a little over the top.

cass
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cass
2 years 10 months ago

In college, he struck out 23 batters in one game and pitched a no-hitter in another. In the minor leagues, he pitched six innings of a seven-inning no-hitter. He most definitely performed miracles in his major league debut. What more do you want? People have certainly been beatified for less.

St Dalkowski
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St Dalkowski
2 years 10 months ago

That kid aint nothin to me.

DoubleJ
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DoubleJ
2 years 10 months ago

Post-season Wins. A pitcher who doesn’t win the post-season is worthless. Baseball is about Wins and losses and winning the playoffs.

cass
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cass
2 years 10 months ago

When he helps his team win the World Series, he will be God. For now, he’s just a Saint.

cass
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cass
2 years 10 months ago

Baseball! Now I can go back to frantically following every Nats game and dying a little bit inside every time they lose. The Braves sputter along and dangle just enough hope presumably just so they can yank it away again and prolong our suffering for some perceived slight or unknown-to-me sins. Baseball.

Sam P
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Sam P
2 years 10 months ago

That SD-STL matchup has to be the worst combined SP NERD ever, right?

cass
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cass
2 years 10 months ago

I myself would call it a Marquis matchup.

BookWorm
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BookWorm
2 years 10 months ago

Well played

Professor Ross Eforp
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Professor Ross Eforp
2 years 10 months ago

Jake Westbrook: I’m so tired of being the least interesting pitcher. Fangraphs is going to go crazy over this new Mike Tyson face tattoo I got.

Pete Kozma: Hey Jake, did you see you are pitching against Marquis tonight? That guy has a NERD of ZERO. What an L 7 weenie. I bet they would give him a negative if computers could process that type of thing.

JW: Crap.

fin

Nate
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Nate
2 years 10 months ago

I anxiously await the inclusion of the newly minted “Coefficient Of On-field Lustre” score in this daily chart. It can’t happen soon enough.

Mat
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Mat
2 years 10 months ago

What is this “the baseball”?

Mat
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Mat
2 years 10 months ago

Strasburg was canonized?

Alexander Nevermind
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Alexander Nevermind
2 years 10 months ago

This tired joke not only appears once every five days, but we get to enjoy it twice in today’s comments!

Matt Bertelli
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Matt Bertelli
2 years 10 months ago

“FanGraphs-cum-BeerGraphs”

eddiegaedel
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eddiegaedel
2 years 10 months ago

BASEBALL

Matthew
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Matthew
2 years 10 months ago

First day back from the all-star break, every game should have a 10 NERD score. Or higher

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