Daily Notes, Featuring Maximum Scherzer Coverage

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

1. Featured Game: Detroit at Los Angeles AL, 22:05 ET
2. Other Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Featured Game: Detroit at Los Angeles AL, 22:05 ET
Regarding the Title of This Post, Its Verity
The reader should be advised that the title of this post, which suggests that what follows contains the exact maximum amount of coverage in re Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer, might not be entirely accurate.

Regarding This Post, Its Actual Amount of Scherzer Coverage
In truth, this post probably has something more like 5% or 3% of the total possible Scherzer coverage available.

Regarding the Author’s Indulgence, What Might Have Caused It
It’s entirely possible that the author composed the title of this post amidst a flight of enthusiasm — the sort of enthusiasm, in fact, with which one is filled at the prospect of Max Scherzer pitching.

Regarding Max Scherzer, When He’s Pitching
Technically speaking, Max Scherzer (162.2 IP, 78 xFIP-, 3.6) is pitching tonight against the Angels in a game that could very well have Playoff Implications™.

Regarding Max Scherzer, When He’s Also Pitching
Speaking more whimsically, Max Scherzer is pitching in all of our hearts, simultaneously.

Unnecessary Video
Here’s some unnecessary video of Max Scherzer’s most recent start, against the Chicago White Sox, during which he struck out nine in eight innings.

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

Other Notable Games
Atlanta at New York NL | 19:10 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Left-hander Paul Maholm pitches for Atlanta. Here are his (borderline dominant) numbers as a Brave: 38.2 IP, 20.7% K, 6.5% BB, 57.7% GB, 3.16 SIERA, 78 xFIP-, 0.3 WAR.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: New York NL Television.

Arizona at San Diego | 22:05 ET
While offering nothing whatsoever in the way of Playoff Implications™, this game does feature left-handed PYT Tyler Skaggs starting against the right-handed — and probably more P, if also less Y, T — Andrew Cashner, making his first major-league appearance after an extended DL stint.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Arizona 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 4.4.

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
Travis Wood CHN 2 1 4 4 7 PIT A.J. Burnett 19:05
Jeff Francis COL 5 8 5 5 9 PHI Cliff Lee 19:05
Jacob Turner MIA 7 4 6 6 10 WAS Stephen Strasburg 19:05
Phil Hughes NYA 5 6 5 2 5 BAL Wei-Yin Chen 19:05
Paul Maholm ATL 4 7 3 2 7 NYN Jon Niese 19:10
Lucas Harrell HOU 5 4 3 4 6 CIN Homer Bailey 19:10
Derek Holland TEX 6 8 4 6 3 TB Jeremy Hellickson 19:10
Henderson Alvarez TOR 4 5 3 5 7 BOS Felix Doubront 19:10
Jeanmar Gomez CLE 1 2 0 5 3 MIN Liam Hendriks 20:10
Luis Mendoza KC 2 7 3 4 6 CHA Francisco Liriano 20:10
Yovani Gallardo MIL 6 9 5 9 4 STL Kyle Lohse 20:15
Tyler Skaggs* AZ 8 6 6 7 10 SD Andrew Cashner 22:05
Max Scherzer DET 10 4 8 8 3 LAA Ervin Santana 22:05
A.J. Griffin OAK 6 6 6 4 9 SEA Felix Hernandez 22:10
Josh Beckett LAN 5 1 5 3 7 SF Tim Lincecum 22:15

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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