Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
Parallel Universe: Every Team Minus Its Best Player
Regarding Parallel Universe, Its Definition
Parallel universe is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as a “hypothetical self-contained separate reality in which Biff Tannen has become wealthy and corrupted, and changed Hill Valley into a chaotic dystopia.”
Regarding Parallel Universe, Another Possible Definition
Another possible definition of parallel universe is “a reality not entirely unlike the present one, except in which every major-league team’s best player has been replaced by a freely available one instead.”
Regarding That Second Definition
What this edition of the Notes considers is that second, less common definition of parallel universe.
Table: Every American League Team Minus Its Best Player
Here’s a (sortable) table including: every AL team’s present record, its best player (by WAR), the respective WARs of those best players, and every team’s record (noted as MW and ML, for “minus” wins and losses) were said best player never to’ve been born at all.
|New York||67||47||.588||Robinson Cano||5.4||62||52||.540|
|Tampa Bay||62||52||.544||Ben Zobrist||3.5||59||56||.513|
|Los Angeles||60||55||.522||Mike Trout||6.9||53||62||.462|
|Kansas City||49||65||.430||Alex Gordon||3.9||45||69||.396|
Other Table: Every National League Team Minus Its Best Player
Here’s a (sortable) table including: every NL team’s present record, its best player (by WAR), the respective WARs of those best players, and every team’s record (noted as MW and ML, for “minus” wins and losses) were said best player never to’ve been born at all.
|San Francisco||63||52||.548||Buster Posey||5.0||58||57||.504|
|St. Louis||62||53||.539||Matt Holliday||4.8||57||58||.497|
|Los Angeles||62||53||.539||Clayton Kershaw||3.9||58||57||.505|
|New York||55||60||.478||David Wright||5.8||49||66||.428|
|San Diego||51||65||.440||Chase Headley||5.0||46||70||.397|
There are a number of observations one can make from the above pair of tables — including, for example, how, if the Nationals didn’t have Gio Gonzalez, how the Reds would have the best record in the majors.
Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Los Angeles (NL) at Pittsburgh | 19:05 ET
Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker entered Sunday slashing .286/.349/.443 in 459 plate appearances, good for a 114 wRC+. He exited that same game hitting .294/.358/.460, with a 121 wRC+, in just six additional plate appearances — on account, largely, of how he went 5-for-5 with a walk during it (box). Walker now enters the week with a 3.8 WAR after beginning Sunday with a 3.4 mark.
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 4.0.
Note: the following Game Scores include the poorly conceived playoff-odds adjustment discussed in a recent edition of Daily Notes. Also note: the following table is entirely sortable.
|Aaron Harang||LAN||1||1||4||5||6||PIT||Jeff Karstens||19:05|
|Ryan Dempster||TEX||6||7||5||6||7||NYA||David Phelps*||19:05|
|Jake Peavy||CHA||6||5||4||6||5||TOR||Carlos Villanueva||19:07|
|Cole Hamels||PHI||9||5||4||2||5||MIA||Nathan Eovaldi||19:10|
|Eric Stults||SD||2||6||2||7||3||ATL||Mike Minor||19:10|
|Arm. Galarraga*||HOU||2||4||3||0||9||CHN||Jeff Samardzija||20:05|
|Anibal Sanchez||DET||7||5||3||4||0||MIN||Samuel Deduno||20:10|
|Mike Fiers||MIL||7||8||4||8||4||COL||Jeff Francis||20:40|
|Justin Masterson||CLE||5||4||5||7||4||LAA||C.J. Wilson||22:05|
|Alex Cobb||TB||7||4||5||4||4||SEA||Blake Beavan||22:10|
|Gio Gonzalez||WAS||9||6||5||3||3||SF||Ryan Vogelsong||22:15|