Daily Notes: Baltimore Not Not Relevant Still

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

1. Featured Game: Baltimore at Toronto, 19:07 ET (Free Game)
2. Other Notable Games
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Featured Game: Baltimore at Toronto, 19:07 ET
Regarding These Teams, Their Respective Places in the AL East
I’m not lying to you or your face when I say that these teams enter Wednesday just zero and three games, respectively, out of first place in the AL East.

The Surprising Thing About That, Duh
The surprising thing about that is how Toronto and Baltimore have, generally speaking, been a distant fourth and fifth place in their division for the past three or six years or whatever.

Duh
Duh.

What WAR Says
As of Tuesday afternoon, this is what the entirely infallible WAR standings looked like for the AL East:


Num Team WAR W WAR L WAR%
1 Tampa Bay 27.0 22.0 0.550
2 Boston 26.0 22.0 0.542
3 Baltimore 26.5 22.5 0.540
4 New York 25.6 22.4 0.533
5 Toronto 21.6 27.4 0.440

What One Can Conclude from That
One can conclude from those infallible WAR standings is that Baltimore actually has played, more or less, like one of the best teams in the AL East so far. Toronto, less so.

What Else One Can Conclude
One can also conclude that — owing to how it took him probably over 30 minutes to construct the above table — that the author is largely unfit for many tasks central to independent adult living.

Jason Hammel Status Update
Baltimore right-hander Jason Hammel, who had a surprisingly effective April, has been almost precisely as effective through four May starts. Regard: 24.0% K (24.0% in April), 7.3% BB (8.0% in April), 51.6% GB (61.2% in April), 3.15 xFIP (3.04 in April).

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast
Per the results of our offseason crowdsourcing project, FanGraphs readers prefer Toronto Radio (link).

Other Notable Games
Philadelphia at New York NL | 19:10 ET
It has not escaped the attention of the author (nor should it yours) that the surnames of tonight’s starting pitchers rhyme.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: New York NL Television.

Washington at Miami | 19:10 ET
Washington’s Chien-Ming Wang makes his first start of the season after taking over Ross Detwiler‘s spot in the rotation.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Washington 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 5.5.

Note: the following Game Scores include the poorly conceived playoff-odds adjustment discussed in yesterday’s edition of Daily Notes. Also note: the following table is entirely sortable.


Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Bruce Chen KC 4 6 4 4 2 CLE Jeanmar Gomez 12:05
Jose Quintana* CHA 5 6 6 6 6 TB Alex Cobb* 13:10
Tyson Ross OAK 3 2 1 2 2 MIN Francisco Liriano 13:10
Anthony Bass SD 7 4 4 3 7 CHN Ryan Dempster 14:20
Johnny Cueto CIN 5 4 6 2 9 PIT A.J. Burnett 19:05
Jason Hammel BAL 8 5 8 6 6 TOR Brandon Morrow 19:07
Drew Smyly DET 6 3 6 5 4 BOS Jon Lester 19:10
Cliff Lee PHI 10 4 8 1 8 NYN Dillon Gee 19:10
Kyle Lohse STL 4 10 6 7 5 ATL Tim Hudson 19:10
Chien-Ming Wang* WAS 6 5 7 4 7 MIA Josh Johnson 19:10
Blake Beavan SEA 2 5 4 10 7 TEX Derek Holland 20:05
Lucas Harrell HOU 3 6 6 8 10 COL Christian Friedrich 20:40
Ivan Nova NYA 8 5 6 3 4 LAA Ervin Santana 22:05
Yovani Gallardo MIL 3 6 5 6 9 LAN Clayton Kershaw 22:10
Ian Kennedy AZ 5 5 6 5 6 SF Tim Lincecum 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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9 Responses to “Daily Notes: Baltimore Not Not Relevant Still”

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  1. Well-Beered Englishman says:

    30 minutes to make that table? We’re all going dateless.

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  2. DD says:

    Also, the surnames of the Miami/Washington matchup are other words for…you know…

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  3. Vin says:

    Gallardo only gets a 3?

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  4. Alex says:

    AJ Burnett is a 9 how?

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    • Burnett has been surprisingly effective/efficient this season. His xFIP (2.98), swinging-strike rate (9.6%), overall strike rate (64.7%), and fastball velocity (92.8 mph) are all above average.

      ZiPS isn’t necessarily optimistic about him maintaining his performance to date, of course. Still, watching a pitcher who’s made adjustment (or even just changed leagues) holds some interest, probably.

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  5. Philcastle says:

    You kidding? Watching A.J. pitch is like watching a drunk on acid walking a tightrope …

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  6. slash12 says:

    free game?! I can’t find it

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