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Daily Notes: Feat. Max Scherzer and Matt Harvey Face-à-Face

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

1. Max Scherzer and Matt Harvey Face-à-Face
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Max Scherzer and Matt Harvey Face-à-Face
The Purpose of This Post
The purpose of this post is to alert the bespectacled readership to how very talented Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer faces very talented New York (Nationals) right-hander Matt Harvey this (Saturday) afternoon at 4:05pm ET in Queens, New York — a rencontre of such significance that one must employ French words to describe it.

A Leaderboard Feat. Both Harvey and Scherzer
This is the very top of WAR pitching leaderboard — which leaderboard features both Matt Harvey and Max Scherzer:

Name Team IP WAR
Matt Harvey Mets 171.2 5.9
Adam Wainwright Cardinals 198.2 5.8
Clayton Kershaw Dodgers 198.1 5.5
Felix Hernandez Mariners 184.2 5.5
Max Scherzer Tigers 172.1 5.3
Anibal Sanchez Tigers 139.2 4.8
Derek Holland Rangers 174.0 4.8
Yu Darvish Rangers 161.0 4.3
Mat Latos Reds 169.0 4.1
Chris Sale White Sox 172.1 4.1

A Second Leaderboard Feat. Both Harvey and Scherzer
This is the very top of RA9-WAR leaderboard — which metric is a calculation of WAR using ERA, essentially, as opposed to FIP and which leaderboard features both Matt Harvey and Max Scherzer:

Name Team IP RA9-WAR
Clayton Kershaw Dodgers 198.1 7.9
Patrick Corbin Diamondbacks 172.1 5.9
Matt Harvey Mets 171.2 5.8
Felix Hernandez Mariners 184.2 5.6
Adam Wainwright Cardinals 198.2 5.5
Yu Darvish Rangers 161.0 5.5
Max Scherzer Tigers 172.1 5.3
Hiroki Kuroda Yankees 166.1 5.3
Derek Holland Rangers 174.0 4.9
Anibal Sanchez Tigers 139.2 4.7

A Third Leaderboard Feat. Both Harvey and Scherzer
This is the very top of xFIP- pitching leaderboard for qualified pitchers — which leaderboard features both Matt Harvey and Max Scherzer:

Name Team IP xFIP-
Felix Hernandez Mariners 184.2 67
Yu Darvish Rangers 161.0 67
Matt Harvey Mets 171.2 69
Adam Wainwright Cardinals 198.2 71
Anibal Sanchez Tigers 139.2 74
Chris Sale White Sox 172.1 74
Max Scherzer Tigers 172.1 77
A.J. Burnett Pirates 145.2 77
Clayton Kershaw Dodgers 198.1 78
Cliff Lee Phillies 170.2 81

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Atlanta at St. Louis | 19:15 ET
Julio Teheran (149.0 IP, 101 xFIP-, 2.0 WAR) faces Shelby Miller (132.2 IP, 89 xFIP-, 2.2 WAR). As noted by Dave Cameron this past week, the pair here are (deserving) candidates for the National’s League rookie-of-the-year award.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: St. Louis 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 5.8.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.


Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Jon Lester BOS 5 9 6 3 6 LAN Hyun-Jin Ryu 16:05
Max Scherzer DET 9 7 9 7 10 NYN Matt Harvey 16:05
Tommy Milone OAK 4 6 5 9 5 BAL Chris Tillman 16:05
Randall Delgado AZ 7 3 5 0 4 PHI Ethan Martin 19:05
Liam Hendriks* MIN 6 4 5 7 4 CLE Zach McAllister 19:05
Jeff Manship* COL 3 8 6 1 10 MIA Jose Fernandez 19:10
Wily Peralta MIL 6 3 5 3 5 CIN Bronson Arroyo 19:10
CC Sabathia NYA 6 3 7 10 7 TB David Price 19:10
Yu Darvish TEX 10 3 6 2 4 CHA Hector Santiago 19:10
C-M Wang TOR 3 6 2 4 0 HOU Brad Peacock 19:10
J. Zimmermann WAS 8 3 6 7 4 KC Wade Davis 19:10
Julio Teheran ATL 7 8 7 3 9 STL Shelby Miller 19:15
Jeff Samardzija CHN 8 5 6 6 4 SD Eric Stults 20:40
Francisco Liriano PIT 9 6 7 5 7 SF Tim Lincecum 21:05
Jason Vargas LAA 3 8 5 4 7 SEA Erasmo Ramirez 21:10

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.