Daily Notes, Featuring Collin McHugh in St. Louis

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

1. Featured Game: New York NL at St. Louis, 14:15 ET
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Featured Game: New York NL at St. Louis, 14:15 ET
Regarding This Game, Why It’s Notable
One reason why this game is notable, is on account of right-hander Collin McHugh is making his second major-league start in it for the Mets — and his first major-league start in front of one of the league’s finer cameras.

Regarding McHugh, His First Major-League Start
McHugh, 25, was excellent in his first start, on August 23rd against the Rockies. Regard: 7.0 IP, 23 TBF, 9 K, 1 BB, 4 GB on 12 batted-balls (33.3%), 2.01 xFIP.

Regarding McHugh, His Repertoire
The author — who isn’t bragging or anything, but just noting it for the benefit of the reader — the author recently wrote a piece, with sexy, animated GIFs, examining McHugh’s repertoire of sexy pitches.

Regarding This Game, Another Notable Thing
Another notable thing about this game is how it features, in St. Louis, a team whose playoff fate is undecided.

Regarding St. Louis’s Playoff Fate, How Undecided It Is
Per CoolStandings, the Cardinals presently have a 1.3% chance of winning the NL Central and a 57.3% chance of qualifying for a wild-card spot.

Regarding the Yankees-Rays Game, Why It Isn’t Featured
The author, using his discretion, has declined to feature the Yankees-Rays game, despite its higher NERD score, on account of (a) Tropicana Field plays poorly on camera and (b) the Yankees deduction which the author applies to all games involving that stupid team.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast
Per the results of our offseason crowdsourcing project, FanGraphs readers prefer New York NL Television (link).

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Cleveland at Detroit | 13:05 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
The top part of the AL Central, according to CoolStandings:


Central W L PCT GB RS RA EXPW EXPL DIV WC POFF
Chicago 72 61 0.541 - 621 557 88.5 73.5 54 10.1 64.1
Detroit 72 61 0.541 - 605 567 88 74 46 11.4 57.5

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Cleveland 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 4.9.

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
Jeff Samardzija CHN 10 2 5 6 5 WAS Ross Detwiler 13:05
Corey Kluber CLE 6 2 5 4 7 DET Anibal Sanchez 13:05
Joe Saunders BAL 3 1 4 5 5 TOR J.A. Happ 13:07
Tyler Chatwood COL 5 8 6 7 9 ATL Kris Medlen 13:10
Mike Fiers MIL 7 9 4 4 4 MIA Ricky Nolasco 13:10
CC Sabathia NYA 10 6 8 5 8 TB James Shields 13:10
Tyler Cloyd* PHI 6 5 4 5 7 CIN Johnny Cueto 13:10
Edgar Gonzalez* HOU 6 4 7 4 9 PIT Jeff Locke* 13:35
Yu Darvish TEX 8 8 4 7 3 KC Bruce Chen 14:10
Collin McHugh* NYN 11 2 7 9 6 STL Joe Kelly 14:15
C.J. Wilson LAA 4 8 5 7 6 OAK Tommy Milone 16:05
Patrick Corbin AZ 7 6 2 3 0 SF Barry Zito 16:05
Clay Buchholz BOS 4 5 2 4 3 SEA Jason Vargas 16:10
Samuel Deduno MIN 1 4 3 4 8 CHA Hector Santiago* 19:10
Andrew Werner* SD 9 6 7 2 8 LAN Joe Blanton 20:10

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. Jack says:

    Bruce Chen needs some sort of adjustment to his NERD score. A 3 does not accurately show his baseballing watchability level.

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  2. Well-Beered Englishman says:

    “the Yankees deduction which the author applies to all games involving that stupid team.”

    Bravo, my good sir.

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  3. William says:

    you ranked the tampa bay camera in the top 10

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    • Yes, entirely fair point: the camera is quite good, in terms of the degree to which it documents movement for both right- and left-handed pitchers.

      The stadium more generally, however, plays poorly on camera — and perhaps in real life. It’s rather dark and infrequently close to capacity, which makes watching difficult.

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  4. John Thacker says:

    At some point isn’t it a bit ridiculous to massively penalize the Orioles team NERD for having a lot more actual wins than expected wins?

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    • Gherkin Lamar says:

      Well, the only way they could be penalized for that would be their luck score – but I’m pretty sure the Orioles haven’t even been all that lucky with run production, because, uh, they haven’t scored very many runs. You do know that Carson’s whims and vagaries don’t determine NERD?

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    • Well-Beered Englishman says:

      It does strike me as more than a little ironic. Carson is a major admirer of things, such as the Baltimore Orioles, which find a way to succeed despite manifestly not being very good. And yet, as the dapperly attired Gherkin Lamar says, Carson does not control the irrefutably mathematical divinations of NERD. The NERD giveth; the NERD taketh away.

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