Daily Notes: Facts Regarding Danny Salazar After 23 Innings

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

1. Facts Regarding Danny Salazar After 23 Innings
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Facts Regarding Danny Salazar After 23 Innings
With his start on Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Americans, Cleveland right-hander Danny Salazar has now recorded 23.0 innings in the major leagues this season (and also ever, one finds) — i.e. three innings above the haphazardly selected 20-inning threshold a pitcher must pass in order to qualify for NERD*.

Salazar debuts today on the NERD leaderboard** with perfect score of 10 — and, moreover, has recorded the highest raw score (i.e. not adjusted for the 0-10 scale) among the 217 qualified pitchers. What follows is a brief examination of those factors which have most directly contributed to Salazar’s success both in terms of run prevention and at invoking sensations of awe within the bosoms of every spectator.

**For more on NERD, see below.
**Click here to see current NERD scores for all pitchers.

Defense-Independent Pitching
The young and hard-throwing Salazar has recorded a 66 xFIP- thus far, the second-best figure among the population in question. His 2.63 xFIP is 2.2 standard deviations better than the mean.

Swinging-Strike Rate
The recently promoted and hitherto successful Salazar has recorded a 14.8% swinging-strike rate thus far, the best such mark among the relevant population and presently 3.5 standard deviations greater than average.

Overall Strike Rate
The probably valiant and also inspirational Salazar has thrown 68.3% of all his pitches for strikes, the fifth-highest rate among starters with 20-plus innings and precisely 2.0 standard deviations among the mean of 63.4%.

The conspicuously talented and damned sensational Salazar has thrown his fastball at an average velocity of either 96.4 mph (according to BIS data) or 95.9 mph (according to PITCHf/x) — either first or second among all starters, depending, and more than 2.0 standard deviations above the mean, either way.

The powerful and arresting Salazar’s split-changeup ranks probably first or somehow better than first among all pitches, if this animated GIF — of Peter Bourjos stiking out last night — is any indication:

Salazar Bourjos SS K

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Cleveland at Los Angeles AL | 19:05 ET
Justin Masterson (175.2 IP, 82 xFIP-, 3.1 WAR) faces Jerome Williams (125.0 IP, 109 xFIP-, -0.3 WAR).

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Cleveland 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 4.9.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.

Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Alex Wood ATL 10 8 7 7 4 NYN Jon Niese 13:10
Jake Westbrook STL 0 3 3 4 6 MIL Tom Gorzelanny 14:10
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 7 4 5 6 4 OAK A.J. Griffin 15:35
Felix Doubront BOS 4 9 4 5 1 SF Barry Zito 15:45
Gerrit Cole PIT 10 7 7 6 3 SD Ian Kennedy 18:40
Justin Masterson CLE 8 7 6 8 4 LAA Jerome Williams 19:05
Juan Nicasio COL 3 7 5 0 9 PHI Cliff Lee 19:05
J. Hellickson TB 4 9 5 9 3 BAL Wei-Yin Chen 19:05
R.A. Dickey TOR 9 6 6 3 5 NYA Adam Warren* 19:05
Kevin Correia MIN 2 3 5 7 9 DET Anibal Sanchez 19:08
Bran. McCarthy AZ 5 3 4 3 4 CIN Mike Leake 19:10
Zack Greinke LAN 5 3 5 1 6 MIA Nathan Eovaldi 19:10
Erik Bedard HOU 1 4 4 3 8 TEX Derek Holland 20:05
Ross Ohlendorf WAS 5 2 4 5 2 CHN Jake Arrieta 20:05
Andre Rienzo CHA 2 2 3 7 2 KC Jeremy Guthrie 20:10

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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