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Daily Notes: Assorted Nerd Facts in re Homer Bailey

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

1. Nerd Facts: Homer Bailey’s No-Hitter
2. Today’s Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Nerd Facts: Homer Bailey’s No-Hitter
Regarding What Follows
What follows is a brief assortment of information regarding Cincinnati right-hander Homer Bailey‘s no-hitter in Pittsburgh on Friday.

Which, In Case You Didn’t Hear
In case the reader was busy with some manner of nerdly venture, or indisposed in whatever way, what happened last (Friday) night is Cincinnati right-hander Homer Bailey threw a no-hitter against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

Bailey’s Final Line
Here’s Bailey’s nerd line from last night (box): 9.0 IP, 28 TBF, 10 K, 1 BB, 10 GB on 17 batted-balls (58.8% GB), 1.22 FIP, 1.87 xFIP.

By Game Score, This Year’s No-Hitters
Here are this season’s no-hitters, including Bailey’s, sorted by Game Score (data courtesy Baseball Reference):


Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt IP H R BB SO Pit Str GSc
1 Matt Cain 6/13/2012 SFG HOU W 10-0 9 0 0 0 14 125 86 101
2 Felix Hernandez 8/15/2012 SEA TBR W 1-0 9 0 0 0 12 113 77 99
3 Homer Bailey 9/28/2012 CIN PIT W 1-0 9 0 0 1 10 115 74 96
4 Philip Humber 4/21/2012 CHW SEA W 4-0 9 0 0 0 9 96 67 96
5 Jered Weaver 5/2/2012 LAA MIN W 9-0 9 0 0 1 9 121 77 95
6 Johan Santana 6/1/2012 NYM STL W 8-0 9 0 0 5 8 134 77 90

Bailey’s Best Pitch
Bailey’s best on Friday was his fastball: per the PITCHf/x data from Brooks Baseball, Bailey induced whiffs on 12 of the 70 four-seam fastballs he threw (about a 17% swinging-strike rate). Per linear-weight pitch values, Bailey’s four-seamer was worth about four runs above average by itself.

An Example of the Fastball
Here’s Bailey throwing his fastball past Pirates infielder Jordy Mercer in the seventh inning:

Another Example of the Fastball
Here’s Bailey throwing a very similar-looking fastball past Mercer on the exact next pitch, as well:

Jordy Mercer Against Homer Bailey, In Sum
Jordy Mercer swung and miss, actually, five times against Bailey on Friday: on two sliders in the first inning and then on a slider and the two fastballs above in the seventh.

Video of Every Out
Here’s video from MLB.com of every out from Bailey’s no-hitter:

Today’s Notable Games
Tampa Bay at Chicago AL | 16:05 ET
Talented young left-hander Matt Moore (172.0 IP, 105 xFIP-, 2.2 WAR) faces other talented and young left-hander Chris Sale (188.2 IP, 78 xFIP-, 4.9 WAR) in today’s game with the most Playoff Implications™.

Broadcast Information: FOX Saturday Game.

Kansas City at Cleveland | 19:05 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Largely hailed — and pretty Italian-seeming — pitching prospect Jake Odorizzi makes his second major-league start for the Royals. Here’s the line from his debut on September 23rd (box): 5.1 IP, 23 TBF, 3 K, 1 BB, 4 GB on 19 batted-balls (21.1% GB), 5.29 xFIP.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Cleveland 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 3.8.

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
Andy Pettitte NYA 9 7 4 5 2 TOR Ricky Romero 13:07
Ervin Santana LAA 4 7 5 6 6 TEX Derek Holland 16:05
Justin Verlander DET 10 4 4 4 2 MIN P.J. Walters 16:05
Jason Vargas SEA 3 4 2 7 3 OAK Dan Straily 16:05
Matt Moore TB 7 6 8 4 10 CHA Chris Sale 16:05
Felix Doubront BOS 7 5 5 3 9 BAL Steve Johnson* 19:05
Mike Leake CIN 6 4 4 4 7 PIT Kyle McPherson* 19:05
Jake Odorizzi* KC 8 7 3 2 2 CLE Jeanmar Gomez 19:05
Dallas Keuchel HOU 0 3 2 9 7 MIL Marco Estrada 19:10
Chris Young NYN 0 2 0 6 4 ATL Mike Minor 19:10
Roy Halladay PHI 8 6 4 4 4 MIA Ricky Nolasco 19:10
Jo. Zimmermann WAS 8 7 5 8 5 STL Kyle Lohse 19:15
Justin Germano CHN 4 2 3 7 6 AZ Trevor Cahill 20:10
Mad. Bumgarner SF 9 4 4 6 3 SD Eric Stults 20:35
Tyler Chatwood COL 4 7 4 1 8 LAN Joe Blanton 21:10

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.