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