Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
Featured Game: St. Louis at San Francisco, 15:45 ET
Regarding the St. Louis Offense, What All They Lead In
As of Wednesday, the St. Louis offense leads the majors both in park-adjusted offense (130 wRC+) and batter WAR (13.8) this season.
Regarding the St. Louis Offense, Their May So Far
The St. Louis offense has been particularly effective in May, leading the league in both park-adjusted offense (144 wRC+) and WAR (6.5).
Regarding If the Cardinals Were a Player
The Cardinals have accrued 169 player games and 577 plate appearances so far in May — or, roughly what one player might compile over the course of a season. Their batter WAR so far in May (again, 6.5) is higher than the total recorded by all but 12 major leaguers last season — most of whom accrued considerably more than 577 plate appearances.
Table of May Leaders
Here’s a handcrafted table of the May leaders for St. Louis:
Regarding Matt Cain’s Line
Cain once again appears to be demonstrating a skill for suppressing batted balls. His .189 BABIP is unsustainable, but Cain has posted a career .262 BABIP-against in 1368.2 innings — which is likely multiple standard deviations better than average over that time.
Other Notable Games
Baltimore at Kansas City | 14:10 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Public Service Announcement: Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones is currently tied for second with Detroit center fielder Austin Jackson, per WAR (2.5).
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Baltimore.
Cincinnati at New York NL | 13:10 ET
After striking out two of the three batters he faced Wednesday night, Aroldis Chapman now has a 34:5 K:BB in 19.1 innings, an xFIP of 1.14, and a 1.1 WAR. Wait, no: even higher than a 1.1 WAR, as WAR isn’t among the live-scoring features on the player pages.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: New York NL.
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.
Regard, a magnificent and sortable table:
|Hector Noesi||SEA||3||3||5||4||9||CLE||Zach McAllister*||12:05|
|P.J. Walters*||MIN||6||2||6||2||8||DET||Doug Fister*||13:05|
|Mat Latos||CIN||5||3||6||1||10||NYN||R.A. Dickey||13:10|
|Brandon McCarthy||OAK||4||4||6||10||6||TEX||Matt Harrison||14:05|
|Brian Matusz||BAL||2||6||4||7||3||KC||Luke Hochevar||14:10|
|Trevor Cahill||AZ||4||5||5||7||6||COL||Juan Nicasio||15:10|
|Chris Sale||CHA||7||4||5||3||5||LAA||C.J. Wilson||15:35|
|Adam Wainwright||STL||8||10||7||3||7||SF||Matt Cain||15:45|
|James McDonald||PIT||6||1||6||2||8||WAS||Jo. Zimmermann||19:05|
|Phil Hughes||NYA||5||7||6||5||6||TOR||Drew Hutchison||19:07|
|Felix Doubront||BOS||6||6||5||7||4||TB||Matt Moore||19:10|
|Ricky Nolasco||MIA||3||4||4||8||4||ATL||Brandon Beachy||19:10|
|Shaun Marcum||MIL||5||6||5||6||5||HOU||J.A. Happ||20:05|
|Roy Halladay||PHI||7||4||5||3||3||CHN||Chris Volstad||20:05|
|Aaron Harang||LAN||3||5||4||5||5||SD||Edinson Volquez||22:05|