NOTE: precisely 258 respondents to the poll below believe that 10.3 Nationals batters will strike out against Phillies pitching tonight. Standard deviation: 3.3.
Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
Featured Game: Washington at Philadelphia, 19:05 ET
Regarding Who’s Pitching This Game
In terms of who’s pitching this game, it’s Edwin Jackson for Washington and Cole Hamels for Philadelphia.
Why Anyone Should Give a Care
A reader might be interested to know — apropos tonight’s starters Edwin Jackson and Cole Hamels — that they’ve both, generally speaking, been excellent this season. Like, how Jackson has posted this line: 51.2 IP, 88 xFIP-, 0.9 WAR. And how Hamels has posted this one: 54.1 IP, 78 xFIP-, 1.5 WAR.
Why Else Anyone Might Give a Care
A reader might also be interested to know that Jackson (at 13.1%) and Hamels (at 13.0% even) are ranked second and third, respectively, among 118 qualified starters in terms of swinging-strike rate.
What That Means, Generally
Generally speaking, a high swinging-strike rate leads to a high strikeout rate. (The two variables together have an r-squared of about 0.70.)
What That Means for Tonight
What that means for tonight is probably that there’ll be an above-average number of strikeouts — especially among the Nationals, who’ve also posted the highest offensive swinging-strike rate in the majors so far this season, at 11.0%.
Finally, Regarding These Teams
Washington and Philadelphia were ranked second and fifth, respectively, in this week’s edition of the SI.com MLB Power Rankings, calculated by using FanGraphs WAR.
Shameless Poll Situation: National Strikeouts
As noted above, Cole Hamels has one of the highest swinging-strike rates among starting pitchers in the majors. As also noted, the Washington Nationals have recorded the highest rate of offensive swinging strikes in the league. The combination will likely result in a number of strikeouts for the visiting team — but how many?
Use this shameless poll to yell your opinion into the void! (Results will be posted at the top of this, uh, post just before game time.)
Other Notable Games
San Diego at St. Louis | 20:15 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn, who has been excellent (50.2 IP, 83 xFIP-, 1.2 WAR), faces a Padres offense that has not been, really (82 wRC+).
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: St. Louis Radio.
Chicago NL at Houston | 20:05 ET
Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija (51.0 IP, 81 xFIP-, 1.3 WAR) is the qualified pitcher who has a better swinging-strike rate (13.3%) than Edwin Jackson and Cole Hamels.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Houston Television.
Minnesota at Chicago AL | 20:10 ET
Is Twins lefty Scott Diamond (19.1 IP, 65 xFIP-, 0.6 WAR) an above-average major-league starter? Likely not; however, he’s pitched like one through his first three starts of the season. Of particular note are both his walk and ground-ball rates so far (2.7% and 64.4%, respectively).
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Minnesota 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 5.3.
Regard, a magnificent and sortable table:
|Daniel Bard||BOS||1||5||5||5||8||BAL||Jake Arrieta||12:35|
|Jonathon Niese||NYN||6||1||5||1||6||PIT||Charlie Morton||12:35|
|Barry Zito||SF||0||4||4||6||6||MIL||Marco Estrada||13:10|
|Ricky Romero||TOR||3||6||6||6||8||TB||James Shields||13:10|
|Jered Weaver||LAA||5||3||3||4||0||OAK||Jarrod Parker||15:35|
|Scott Feldman*||TEX||4||10||5||5||3||SEA||Kevin Millwood||15:40|
|Doug Fister||DET||8||3||6||4||6||CLE||Zach McAllister*||19:05|
|Luis Mendoza||KC||1||6||5||6||8||NYA||Andy Pettitte*||19:05|
|Edwin Jackson||WAS||9||5||8||4||9||PHI||Cole Hamels||19:05|
|Tommy Hanson||ATL||4||7||5||3||5||CIN||Bronson Arroyo||19:10|
|Alex White*||COL||5||7||5||4||4||MIA||Carl. Zambrano||19:10|
|Jeff Samardzija||CHN||10||3||7||6||5||HOU||Wa. Rodriguez||20:05|
|Scott Diamond*||MIN||8||2||7||4||8||CHA||Chris Sale||20:10|
|Jeff Suppan||SD||0||4||5||10||8||STL||Lance Lynn||20:15|
|Ted Lilly||LAN||3||6||3||3||2||AZ||Joe Saunders||21:40|
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