Daily Notes, Featuring Actual Transaction News

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

1. Actual Transaction News: Three Recent Promotions
2. Today’s Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Actual Transaction News: Three Recent Promotions
The following players were promoted from the minors recently. Here we answer the question, “Who are they?”

Player: Quintin Berry, OF, DET
Line: 187 PA, .270/.368/.321 (.377 BABIP) at Triple-A
Notes: The 27-year-old Berry was recalled on Wednesday to replace Austin Jackson (abdomen) and has now batted leadoff twice and played center field in consecutive games. He actually has shown some ability to get on base in the minors (.091 isolated patience), but might see some of those walks evaporate owing to his lack of power (.071 ISO in minors).

Player: Kole Calhoun, OF, LAA
Line: 189 PA, .296/.365/.491 (.346 BABIP) at Triple-A
Notes: Marc Hulet addressed the 24-year-old Calhoun in a recent edition of his (i.e. Hulet’s) excellent Prospect Stock Watch series. Calhoun has spent the past season-plus in either the California or Pacific Coast League, which means that, whatever home-run totals he’s posted, they should be adjusted using this formula — (HR – 32) * (5 / 9) — which is also useful, it turns out, for converting from Farenheit to Celsius.

Player: Steven Hill, C/1B, STL
Line: 76 PA, .257/.303/.471 (.264 BABIP) at Triple-A
Notes: Lance Berkman (knee), Matt Carpenter (oblique), and Allen Craig (hamstring) — i.e. basically all the people who’ve played first base for St. Louis this year — were placed on the DL over the past week. Prospect Matt Adams (who was slashing .340/.375/.603 at Triple-A Memphia) will likely get the majority of starts in the triumvirate’s absence, but the 27-year-old Hill — who has played catcher, first base, and both corner-outfield spots at Memphis — might find a start here or there.

Today’s Notable Games
Toronto at Texas | 20:05 ET
By WAR winning percentage — itself entirely infallible — the Rangers have been the best team in baseball so far. By that measure, they should have entered play on Thursday with 31.8 wins instead of just 27. One presumes the 0.8 is the merely partial credit a team receives for defeating Seattle.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Texas Radio.

Philadelphia at St. Louis | 20:15 ET
Cliff Lee starts for the Phillies. Despite allowing five runs in his most recent start, he was rather effective in most of the ways a pitcher can be. To wit: 7.0 IP, 30 TBF, 6 K, 1 BB, 7 GB on 22 batted-balls (31.8% GB), 3.28 xFIP.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Philadelphia Radio.

Milwaukee at Arizona | 21:40 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Perhaps you’re curious who’s been playing first base with Mat Gamel (torn ACL) out for the season. Here’s the answer, for the team’s most recent six games, at least: Corey Hart (twice), Taylor Green (also twice), and Travis Ishikawa (also twice).

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Milwaukee 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.

Regard, a magnificent and sortable table:


Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Ryan Dempster CHN 7 3 7 1 9 PIT A.J. Burnett 19:05
Bruce Chen KC 4 6 6 5 8 BAL Jason Hammel 19:05
Christian Friedrich* COL 7 7 6 3 5 CIN Johnny Cueto 19:10
Anthony Bass SD 8 4 7 1 8 NYN Dillon Gee 19:10
Tim Lincecum SF 7 4 6 4 7 MIA Josh Johnson 19:10
Alex Cobb* TB 7 6 6 5 4 BOS Jon Lester 19:10
Ross Detwiler WAS 6 5 6 7 5 ATL Tim Hudson 19:35
Brandon Morrow TOR 6 7 7 10 6 TEX Derek Holland 20:05
Jeanmar Gomez CLE 3 4 4 4 6 CHA Jose Quintana* 20:10
Drew Smyly DET 7 3 5 2 4 MIN Anthony Swarzak* 20:10
Cliff Lee PHI 10 4 7 10 5 STL Kyle Lohse 20:15
Yovani Gallardo MIL 4 7 5 5 5 AZ Ian Kennedy 21:40
Ivan Nova NYA 8 5 5 3 3 OAK Tyson Ross 22:05
Ervin Santana LAA 4 3 3 5 2 SEA Blake Beavan 22:10
Lucas Harrell HOU 3 6 6 6 9 LAN Clayton Kershaw 22:10

To learn more about Pitcher and Team NERD scores 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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  1. Gregory says:

    I really like the Transaction News section. Maybe a regular section on recently promoted players would be nice?

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  2. Caveman Jones says:

    I demand proof that the author is very handsome.

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  3. Mr. Observant says:

    And I insist that the author refrains from using those foolish, obtuse and effete European 24h clock notations. This isn’t Belgium, sir – we defeated Hitler AND Megatron to ensure God-fearing white folks would never again be made to feel inferior owing to the degenerates in Old Europe confusing us with their odd time-keeping.

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    • Well-Beered Englishman with Closeted Belgian Tendencies says:

      “This isn’t Belgium, sir – we drink watery yellow beers and wish our alcohol, our waffles, and our fries were as fine as theirs, and we envy their reliance on cheap, fast trains and we gorge ourselves on their chocolates, knowing that for them these chocolates are as commonplace as the Subway $5 footlong is for us. And we covet Belgium. We yearn to be in Belgium. And I resent the fact that you reminded me yet again of the incontrovertible evidence of Belgium’s superiority.”

      …is what I saw when I read your post.

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      • I’m humbled to have facilitated a forum for this international contretemps!

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      • Mr. Observant says:

        Belgium is festering cesspool of over-hyped swill, er beer, and persons confused as to their French-ness or German-ness. This irrational xenophobia certainly has nothing, NOTHING whatsoever to do with the time during which Interbrew SA owned the Blue Jays and destroyed the team in a few short years. And for shame – you, an Englishman with your nation’s proud brewing legacy defending the trash of the Continent. For shame, I write…

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  4. Scott Clarkson says:

    Isolated patience….I think that has a NERD score of 11

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  5. chiefglockandhummer says:

    i think the people on here who constantly bemoan fg’s grammar/spelling/etc problems are really just lacking in imagination. i bet the city of Memphia rules.

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    • If Latin is any indication, Memphia is either the feminine singular nominative (sexy!) or neuter plural nominative/accusative (disconcerting!) of Memphis.

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      • LTG says:

        No way Memphis is second declension.

        And, of course, Memphis is a word in the Latin lexicon, since the word named a city in Ancient Egypt.

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      • LTG says:

        And by second declension I meant first.

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  6. Keystone Heavy says:

    I’m more excited than a 7 to see Brandon Morrow vs Derek Holland IN Texas. But I’m a Rangers fan, so that may be part of it.

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  7. Snowblind says:

    One presumes the 0.8 is the merely partial credit a team receives for defeating Seattle.

    Ok, that was harsh. Funny, reasonably well-deserved, but still, damn. Almost ghost-writing-for-Jon-Heyman level stuff there.

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  8. Johnny Come Lately says:

    Carson — anyway you can list both the reader preferred radio and the reader preferred TV broadcasts? I’m assuming most of us prefer to watch, but almost all of the radio scores were higher than the TV scores so those tend to dominate if only choosing one.

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