Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.
Analysis from the Author’s Unsporting Friend
The author, as he writes this, is presently sitting across a breakfast table from a former grad-school companion — one (a) who is a very good and talented friend, but (b) whose knowledge of baseball appears entirely confined to the end of Ronald Reagan’s second term in office.
What follows is a small collection of that same friend’s thoughts on the game, in the order which they (i.e. those thoughts) appeared:
On the 1988 World Series
“I hope Kirk Gibson’s leg is alright.”
On Bill Buckner
“He came to my house, because his daughter was at my sister’s birthday party. He showed up; I didn’t meet him, though. That was my closest brush with fame.”
On Wade Boggs
“I remember his chicken cookbook. He had a dish called Chicken with Rice. There was a photo of him with Jim Rice. I thought that was funny. [Pause.] I still do.”
On Tom Glavine
“I remember being in Billerica, Massachusetts, at a card shop next to my uncle’s barber shop. I got a signature from Tom Glavine. He was there. [Pause.] Is he 70 now?”
On Jim Rice’s Son
“Jim Rice’s son — he had a son named Chauncey or something. He was supposed to be good. I wonder what became of him. I think I went to the same summer camp as him.”
Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Kansas City at Detroit | 13:08 ET
Bruce Chen (72.1 IP, 116 xFIP-, 1.1 WAR) faces Max Scherzer (164.1 IP, 76 xFIP-, 5.0 WAR). Of note regarding the latter is this leaderboard of the top-five pitchers by WAR:
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 5.7.
Note: the following table is entirely sortable.
|Bruce Chen||KC||3||7||6||7||9||DET||Max Scherzer||13:08|
|M. Bumgarner||SF||8||5||6||1||5||MIA||Tom Koehler||13:10|
|Wade Miley||AZ||6||3||6||7||7||PIT||Charlie Morton||13:35|
|Jhoulys Chacin||COL||5||7||5||9||3||BAL||Scott Feldman||13:35|
|Ricky Nolasco||LAN||5||3||5||0||8||PHI||Cole Hamels||13:35|
|Gio Gonzalez||WAS||7||3||7||8||7||ATL||Julio Teheran||13:35|
|Todd Redmond||TOR||5||6||6||10||5||TB||Chris Archer||13:40|
|Hector Santiago||CHA||4||2||3||3||3||MIN||Samuel Deduno||14:10|
|Homer Bailey||CIN||10||3||7||4||6||MIL||Wily Peralta||14:10|
|A. Wainwright||STL||9||3||6||5||5||CHN||Edwin Jackson||14:20|
|Erasmo Ramirez||SEA||8||4||8||3||10||TEX||Yu Darvish||15:05|
|B. Oberholtzer||HOU||3||4||4||8||3||LAA||Jason Vargas||15:35|
|Scott Kazmir||CLE||6||7||5||6||4||OAK||Tommy Milone||16:05|
|Matt Harvey||NYN||10||7||7||6||4||SD||Eric Stults||16:10|
|CC Sabathia||NYA||6||3||5||9||3||BOS||Ryan Dempster||20:05|