Daily Notes, Featuring Playoff Implications™ in LA

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

1. Featured Game: St. Louis at Los Angeles NL, 21:10 ET
2. Other Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Featured Game: St. Louis at Los Angeles NL, 21:10 ET
Regarding This Game, What’s Notable About It
What’s notable about this game is mostly the presence of Playoff Implications™ in it.

Regarding the Cardinals, Their Playoff-Odds Status
The Cardinals currently occupy the National League’s second wild-card spot and possess, according to Cool Standings, a 61.5% chance of qualifying for the play-in game.

Regarding the Dodgers, Their Playoff-Odds Status
The Dodgers are currently a game out of that second wild-card spot — the one occupied by the Cardinals, in fact — and possess, also according to Cool Standings, an 18.8% probability of qualifying for the play-in game.

The Starting Pitcher for the Cardinals, Who It Is
Pitching for the Cardinals is left-hander Jaime Garcia, who’s posted this line in five starts since returning from the disabled list in mid-August: 29.2 IP, 20.2% K, 5.4% BB, 49.5% GB, 3.43 SIERA, 82 xFIP-, 0.4 WAR.

The Starting Pitcher for the Dodgers, Who It Is
Pitching for the Dodgers is well-known lunchroom bully Joe Blanton, who’s posted this line in seven starts since joining the Dodgers: 40.1 IP, 18.4% K, 7.8% BB, 44.2% GB, 4.08 SIERA, 98 xFIP-, 0.2 WAR.

The Author’s Druthers, If He Had Them
Were the author to have his druthers, right-handed pitcher and genetically modified super soldier Trevor Rosenthal would make a relief appearance for the St. Louisers.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast
Per the results of our offseason crowdsourcing project, FanGraphs readers prefer Los Angeles NL (i.e. Vin Scully) Television (link).

Other Notable Games
Tampa Bay at New York AL | 16:05 ET
Very disgruntled and also dead Romanian E.M. Cioran writes in a spirited critique of St. Paul that “the mob asks to be overwhelmed by invective, by threats and revelations, by shattering pronouncements: the mob loves a shouter.” Resolved: the AL East is the so-called “shouter” of major-league baseball.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Tampa Bay Radio.

New York NL at Milwaukee | 20:10 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Mets right-handed prospect Jenrry Mejia makes his first major-league start since 2010, during which season he was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery. His strikeout rate (12.5%) in 73.2 innings at Triple-A Buffalo this season represents neither a dominant, nor even a league average, figure; however, his fastball sat at ca. 96 mph during a recent two-inning relief appearance versus Atlanta.

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 4.2.

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
Wandy Rodriguez PIT 4 4 3 1 7 CHN Jason Berken* 13:05
Clay Buchholz BOS 4 6 3 5 5 TOR Carlos Villanueva 13:07
Francisco Liriano CHA 6 5 3 4 1 MIN Samuel Deduno 13:10
Anibal Sanchez DET 6 3 5 2 5 CLE Justin Masterson 16:05
James Shields TB 8 5 8 6 7 NYA Ivan Nova 16:05
Edwin Jackson WAS 7 7 4 6 4 ATL Tommy Hanson 16:05
Kyle Kendrick PHI 4 5 1 4 0 HOU Dallas Keuchel 19:05
Zack Greinke LAA 8 8 5 8 2 KC Jeremy Guthrie 19:10
Johnny Cueto CIN 8 4 3 4 3 MIA Mark Buehrle 19:10
Jenrry Mejia* NYN 11 2 6 9 5 MIL Shaun Marcum 19:10
Jason Vargas SEA 3 4 2 7 5 TEX Scott Feldman 20:05
Barry Zito SF 0 3 2 6 7 AZ Wade Miley 20:10
Drew Pomeranz COL 4 7 5 7 9 SD Casey Kelly* 20:35
Zach Britton BAL 6 2 5 6 6 OAK Jarrod Parker 21:05
Jaime Garcia STL 8 9 8 1 8 LAN Joe Blanton 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. Well-Beered Englishman says:

    Okay now you have me googling Emil(e) Cioran and devouring all I can. But I cannot locate the essay on the apostle Paul, which I very much want to read. Have you any links or book titles?

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    • It’s from a long essay called “Rages and Resignations”. I have it in a collection called The Temptation to Exist.

      I haven’t read him extensively. His positions are occasionally bananas, but his prose is spirited and compact.

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      • My thanks! It is even in Kindle edition. In my Googling I especially enjoyed his quip that the only successful argument for a divine creation is the music of Bach – which does encapsulate your view that Cioran may not be a fount of wisdom but that he says interesting things and says them interestingly. That is all I require of an author, sometimes.

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  2. tre says:

    If NERD is the result of an attempt to represent numerically the likely aesthetic appeal of a pitcher, and Joe Blanton’s NERD is 8 out of 10, than the aesthetic philosophy of fangraphs would make Jean-François Lyotard proud. “[Watching Blanton] will please only by causing pain.”

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  3. Destroyer of Puffery says:

    A quick search of the PTO database would indicate that you do not have trademark registration pending on the phrase playoff implications. What gives with the TM you criminal.

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  4. The Dodgers have a Team NERD of 1.
    Joe Blanton has a NERD of 8.

    Shenanigans have officially been called.

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  5. doerting says:

    good,The Dodgers have a Team NERD of 1.
    Joe Blanton has a NERD of 8.

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