Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
Featured Game: St. Louis at Detroit, 19:05 ET
The Significance of This Game
This — so far as the author can tell — is the first game of the season to register a perfect NERD score of 10.
What Is NERD, For Those Who Don’t Know
NERD represents an attempt to measure the likely interest a player or team or game might have to the baseball nerd (which is probably you, by virtue of the fact that you’re reading this).
This Game, In Particular — What’s So Good About It
Firstly, that Justin Verlander is starting it for Detroit. Here are some of his notable numbers (with ranks among 112 qualified starters in parentheses)*: 101.2 IP (1st), 25.9% K (8th), 5.8% BB (27th), 2.95 SIERA (8th), 77 xFIP- (6th), 3.5 WAR (1st), 94.5 mph average fastball (4th), +10.1 fastball linear-weight runs above average (6th), +5.3 curveball linear-weight runs above average (3rd).
*Doesn’t include Monday games.
This Game, In Particular — What Else Is Notable
Here are three other notable qualities of this game, presented in bullet-point fashion:
• The entirely proficient Lance Lynn (81.2 IP, 84 xFIP-, 2.0 WAR) pitches for St. Louis.
• The Cardinals have the best offense in the league by wRC+ (which is how you tell which team has the best offense in the league).
• Both team are very much in pennant races. Per Cool Standings (as of Monday), St. Louis’s and Detroit’s playoff odds are 57% and 23%, respectively.
What Would Make the Game a Little Better
What would make the game a little better is if it were being played in front of a better center-field camera.
The College World Series: Still Happening
The Sherman Johnson World Series
The College World Series continues tonight at 8pm ET as Sherman Johnson and the Florida State Seminoles play the team Sherman Johnson is facing. The loser is eliminated.
For more on Sherman Johnson, click here.
Today’s Complete MLB 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 4.8.
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.
|Tim Hudson||ATL||6||6||5||6||4||NYA||Hiroki Kuroda||19:05|
|Mike Leake||CIN||7||4||5||3||5||CLE||Josh Tomlin||19:05|
|Josh Outman*||COL||6||10||6||5||10||PHI||Cole Hamels||19:05|
|Scott Diamond||MIN||7||3||3||2||0||PIT||Kevin Correia||19:05|
|Lance Lynn||STL||9||10||10||5||10||DET||Justin Verlander||19:05|
|David Price||TB||9||5||6||4||2||WAS||C-M Wang*||19:05|
|Tommy Hunter||BAL||4||4||6||1||6||NYN||Johan Santana||19:10|
|Mark Buehrle||MIA||4||2||3||5||3||BOS||Clay Buchholz||19:10|
|Luke Hochevar||KC||5||6||3||5||4||HOU||Wandy Rodriguez||20:05|
|Travis Wood||CHN||3||3||3||6||5||CHA||Jake Peavy||20:10|
|Erasmo Ramirez*||SEA||7||4||6||4||7||AZ||Daniel Hudson||21:40|
|Aaron Harang||LAN||3||4||4||4||4||OAK||Bra. McCarthy||22:05|
|Barry Zito||SF||0||5||4||3||4||LAA||C.J. Wilson||22:05|
|Scott Feldman||TEX||2||10||2||5||3||SD||Edinson Volquez||22:05|