Daily Notes, Featuring an Executive Decision

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

1. Featured Game: Texas at Tampa Bay, 19:10 ET
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Featured Game: Texas at Tampa Bay, 19:10 ET
Regarding What’s Necessary, Sometimes
Sometimes a thing that’s necessary is what’s commonly referred to as an “executive decision.”

Regarding an “Executive Decision,” When It’s Necessary
An executive decision is necessary if someone’s drowning, probably, in a pool. Someone needs to be like, “Hey, let’s save that person.”

Regarding an “Executive Decision,” When Else It’s Necessary
Another time an executive decision is necessary is also if someone’s drowning in a secluded and beautiful private lake — like in Maine, or something. An independent-minded sort, one whose character has been commended from an early age, must announce, “Despite the dangers to our own, individual persons, we are bound by a moral imperative to rescue this imperiled swimmer from his own grievous and watery grave.”

Regarding an “Executive Decision,” A Third Instance in Which It’s Necessary
A third instance in which an “executive decision” is required, is when NERD — i.e. the infallible watchability metric devised by the author himself — is when NERD suggests that the Tigers-Angels matchup is the day’s most notable game, but, in fact, reason and logic dictate that such a distinction belongs to the Rangers-Rays game.

Regarding the Third Type of “Executive Decision,” Why It’s Necessary
This third type of executive decision is necessary, on account of Chris Archer, who pitches for Tampa Bay, has been excellent (11.2 IP, 65 xFIP-, 0.4 WAR) in his only two major-league starts and also because it’s been some time since the author has watched Yu Darvish, who, it turns out, had his best major-league month in August (32.1, 80 xFIP-, 1.0 WAR), and those are mostly the reasons.

In Conclusion
In conclusion, here’s an image of Immanuel Kant looking super judgy:

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast
Per the results of our offseason crowdsourcing project, FanGraphs readers prefer Texas Radio (link).

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Houston at Cincinnati | 19:10 ET
Joey Votto, in two games since returning from an extended DL stint: 8 PA, 4 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 2 H.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Houston Television.

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 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.


Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Mark Buehrle MIA 3 4 2 7 5 WAS Ross Detwiler 13:05
Kris Medlen ATL 9 7 5 2 6 NYN Jeremy Hefner 16:05
Bruce Chen KC 4 7 6 4 10 CHA Chris Sale 16:05
Chris Capuano LAN 6 1 5 3 6 SF Matt Cain 16:05
Jeff Samardzija CHN 10 1 5 4 5 PIT Jam. McDonald 19:05
Tyler Chatwood COL 4 8 5 5 9 PHI Cole Hamels 19:05
CC Sabathia NYA 10 6 6 2 3 BAL Joe Saunders 19:05
Zach McAllister CLE 6 2 2 5 2 MIN Cole DeVries 19:10
Bud Norris HOU 6 4 3 4 4 CIN Bronson Arroyo 19:10
Yu Darvish TEX 8 8 7 5 10 TB Chris Archer* 19:10
Aaron Laffey TOR 2 5 1 5 3 BOS D. Matsuzaka 19:10
Mike Fiers MIL 7 9 6 9 5 STL Jake Westbrook 19:15
Wade Miley AZ 7 6 5 6 8 SD Casey Kelly* 20:35
Justin Verlander DET 10 4 8 8 4 LAA C.J. Wilson 21:05
Brett Anderson OAK 10 6 6 4 5 SEA His. Iwakuma 21:10

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. murphym45 says:

    Are these NERD scores adjusted for playoff odds? If so, this could account for the reason why DET/LAA has the higher NERD game score, despite the SP and Team NERD scores being lower than the TB/TEX game.
    The playoff odds adjustment originally awarded teams what were close to 26.7% playoff odds (LAA are currently at 30%, DET at 43%, while TB and TEX are both over 60%). At this point in the season, it might be worth adjusting the playoff odds to reward teams that are closer to 50%, so that teams like TB aren’t penalized.

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  2. Chris Headley says:

    Unrelated to anything specifically said in this post, but does anyone else notice that the road version of Chase Headley has the 5th best wOBA in the whole league?

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  3. Dave (UK) says:

    I’m surprised the discretionary NERD score wasn’t exploited today. What have you done with the real Carson Cistulli?!

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  4. Annoying AT&T Commercial. says:

    You kant go around changing NERD scores all Willy-Nilly. No-Siree-Bob.

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    • There’s hardly anything about that story that isn’t distressing.

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    • mgraves says:

      I find this amusing–sadly, so–but a thumbs up seems painfully inappropriate for a discussion of “public servants” who cannot be bothered to serve the public. It reminds me of the incident on a bus in Manitoba where the RCMP stood guard around a bus containing a raging cannibal for 12 hours, rather than doing something to subdue the man who had decapitated another bus passenger.

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  5. Jack says:

    That would explain why Kate Upton is dating Justin Verlander.

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  6. deadhead says:

    Ummm… How come there is no link to a chart or app that will convert the time into regular, old o’clock times? I didn’t get discharged from the military for eating and distributing LSD in order to have military timekeeping shoved down my gullet on a baseball web page, now, did I?

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  7. deadhead says:

    Also, why is Kant’s face so lopsided? Are we supposed to just have faith that this artist knew he had a lopsided head?

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