Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
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, here’s an image of Immanuel Kant looking super judgy:
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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.
|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|