Daily Notes: Breathless Corey Kluber Status Update

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

1. Breathless Corey Kluber Status Update
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Breathless Corey Kluber Status Update
What the Attentive Reader Will Know
One thing the particularly attentive reader will know is that Cleveland right-hander and arch-nemesis of danger Corey Kluber started Friday night against the Tampa Bays Rays.

What Else That Reader Will Know
What else the reader might know is how the present author wrote a preview of Kluber’s Friday start, which preview was full of Considerable Praise for the Clevelander.

What the Reader Maybe Won’t Know
What even the most attentive reader mightn’t know is that, due to a rain delay — in a game which ultimately ended at about 3am local time — Kluber pitched only two innings on Friday (box).

Regarding Kluber’s Two Innings, Some Brief Remarks
Bearded and stoic Corey Kluber was excellent in his two innings, striking out three of the seven batters he faced and allowing just one batter to reach (via a second-inning walk).

Continuing Coverage of Corey Kluber’s Two Innings
Here are more relevant and stirring facts apropos Kluber’s abbreviated start:

• He threw 17 of his 24 pitches (71%) of his pitches for strikes.
• His fastball sat at 93-94 mph.
• He threw two of his very rousing curveballs, both on two-strike counts, both for swinging strikes.

Action Footage: Kluber’s First Curveball
Here’s slow-motion footage of Corey Kluber throwing his curveball to Kelly Johnson for a swinging strike and with a scoreboard materializing in front of him:

Kluber Johnson CU

Action Footage: Kluber’s Second Curveball
Here’s more slow-motion footage of Kluber throwing his curveball — this time to Evan Longoria and also with a comet-like trail behind it and a blue strike-zone box:

Kluber Longoria CU

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Seattle at Minnesota | 13:10 ET
Aaron Harang (37.1 IP, 99 xFIP-, 0.2 WAR) faces Kevin Correia (63.2 IP, 110 xFIP-, 0.3 WAR). In addition, here’s a Nick Franklin Status Update: 17 PA, 17.6% BB, 11.8% K, .286/.412/.714 (.200 BABIP), 206 wRC+, 0.3 WAR.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Minnesota or Seattle 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 5.8.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.

Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Chris Archer* TB 8 7 7 9 6 CLE Ubaldo Jimenez 13:05
Aaron Harang SEA 6 6 4 3 1 MIN Kevin Correia 13:10
Matt Cain SF 4 5 6 2 9 STL Shelby Miller 13:15
Jose Quintana CHA 4 0 5 6 6 OAK Dan Straily 16:05
Justin Verlander DET 10 7 7 9 3 BAL Jason Hammel 16:05
James Shields KC 7 6 7 4 7 TEX Nick Tepesch 16:05
Wily Peralta MIL 6 5 4 2 3 PHI Tyler Cloyd* 16:05
Zack Greinke LAN 3 3 4 8 5 COL Jhoulys Chacin 16:10
Collin McHugh* NYN 5 6 6 0 9 MIA Jose Fernandez 16:10
Ian Kennedy AZ 3 3 6 6 10 CHN Jeff Samardzija 19:15
Felix Doubront BOS 6 7 6 5 6 NYA Phil Hughes 19:15
Mike Leake CIN 6 6 8 6 10 PIT Francisco Liriano 19:15
Mad. Bumgarner SF 7 5 7 2 9 STL Ad. Wainwright 19:15
Gio Gonzalez WAS 5 2 6 9 6 ATL Tim Hudson 19:15
Bud Norris HOU 2 4 4 5 5 LAA Jerome Williams 22:05
Mark Buehrle TOR 4 6 6 7 8 SD Robbie Erlin 22:10

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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most attentive reader

To whom does the concluding “him” refer to in this sentence: “Corey Kluber throwing his curveball to Kelly Johnson for a swinging strike and with a scoreboard materializing in front of him”.

Also, is “Mad Bumgarner” a frustrated sodomite?


The him is Kluber. Although to be accurate it seems to materialize behind him.

mario mendoza
mario mendoza

Either that’s a replay, or, more likely, the producer knew as soon as he saw Kluber’s grip that the inning was about to end in a strikeout.