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