Daily Notes: Corey Kluber Shall Be Appreciated, Post-Haste

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

1. Featured, Free Game: Tampa Bay at Cleveland, 19:05pm ET
2. A Different Notable Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Featured, Free Game: Tampa Bay at Cleveland, 19:05pm ET
Regarding the Author’s Attention, What Has Come to It
It has recently come to the author’s attention that Cleveland right-hander and figurative saint among saints Corey Kluber is not universally appreciated by the teeming, gross, unlettered public.

Regarding the Public’s Shocking Oversight, The Author’s Response to It
Regarding the public’s failure to embrace the frequently transcendent and morally reputable Corey Kluber, the author is consumed by outrage, probably — or, if not outrage, then a feeling bearing some resemblance to outrage.

Regarding the Author, By What Else He’s Consumed
Regarding the author, there’s a non-zero chance that, besides outrage, that he’s also consumed by a particularly delicious goat cheese of which he partook earlier on Thursday evening (on which evening he wrote this post).

Regarding This Post, What’s Here and There Insofar as It’s Concerned
So far as this post is concerned about Corey Kluber, the author’s relationship to cheese, goat or otherwise, is likely neither here nor there.

Regarding Kluber, What’s Here and There Insofar as He’s Concerned
Insofar as Corey Kluber is concerned, what is both here and there regarding him are his park-adjusted xFIP as a starter (by which metric he ranks ninth among the 158 pitchers to have recorded 20-plus innings in that capacity) and his strikeout/walk rate differential (by which metric he ranks 10th among that same population), and also — if only for aesthetic purposes — the average horizontal movement on his curveball (which ranks, in fact, second among right-handed starters).

Action Footage: Corey Kluber’s Curveball
Here’s footage of Kluber’s curveball to Daniel Nava from last Sunday — which curve featured 11.9 inches of gloveside break:

Kluber Nava CU

Action Footage: More of Corey Kluber’s Curveball
Here’s footage of Kluber’s curveball to Dustin Pedroia from last Sunday — which curve featured even more (14.2 inches) gloveside break:

Kluber Pedroia CU 1

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast
Per the results of our crowdsourcing project from the 2011-2012 offseason, FanGraphs readers prefer Cleveland Radio, probably (link).

A Different Notable Game
Baltimore at Detroit | 19:05 ET
Max Scherzer (68.1 IP, 66 xFIP-, 2.4 WAR) faces Miguel Gonzalez (48.0 IP, 110 xFIP-, 0.6 WAR). The former is currently second among all qualified pitchers and first among all qualified Tigers in strikeout rate, the latter distinction perhaps being the more impressive one given Detroit’s starting rotation.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Detroit 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 5.3.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.


Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Wade Miley AZ 4 4 5 5 7 CHN Matt Garza* 14:20
Jon Lester BOS 6 7 6 5 6 NYA CC Sabathia 19:05
Johnny Cueto CIN 8 6 7 7 5 PIT Wandy Rodriguez 19:05
Max Scherzer DET 10 7 7 10 3 BAL Miguel Gonzalez 19;05
Yovani Gallardo MIL 4 5 5 2 7 PHI Cole Hamels 19:05
Matt Moore TB 4 7 7 9 10 CLE Corey Kluber 19:05
Shaun Marcum NYN 5 6 5 0 6 MIA Jacob Turner* 19:10
Stephen Strasburg WAS 10 2 7 8 5 ATL Julio Teheran 19:30
Wade Davis KC 3 6 6 4 9 TEX Derek Holland 20:05
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 8 5 4 2 0 MIN Mike Pelfrey 20:10
Matt Cain SF 4 5 6 2 9 STL Shelby Miller 20:15
Clayton Kershaw LAN 9 2 5 8 1 COL Jon Garland 20:40
Dylan Axelrod CHA 1 0 3 6 6 OAK Bartolo Colon 22:05
Dallas Keuchel HOU 4 3 3 5 0 LAA Tommy Hanson 22:05
Chad Jenkins* TOR 4 6 3 7 0 SD Jason Marquis 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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