Daily Notes: Featuring the League Leader in Pitcher WAR

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

1. Featured Game: Detroit at Washington, 19:05 ET
2. Other Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Featured Game: Detroit at Washington, 19:05 ET
Regarding This Game, Who’s Starting It for Detroit
Starting this game for Detroit is the league leader in pitcher WAR as of Monday, right-hander Anibal Sanchez.

Regarding This Game, Who’s Not Starting It
Not starting this game for Detroit is other league leader in pitcher WAR as of Monday, different right-hander Justin Verlander.

Regarding Those WAR Figures, A Question the Reader Might Have
A question the reader might have with regard to how only Monday (and not Tuesday) WAR figures are cited above is, “Why is that the case?”

Regarding the Reader’s Question, An Answer to It
The answer to the reader’s question in re Monday, as opposed to Tuesday, WAR figures being cited is this: “Because the author writes the majority of these Notes on the night before the morning after.”

Regarding the Author, Why He Does That
Because he worships at the altar of Leisure, is why, and dedicates the largest part of his morning to Unfettered Repose.

Regarding the Reader, What He or She Is Invited to Do
The reader is invited to remove all the fetters from his or her repose, as well — provided circumstances allow. Or, if not all the fetters, maybe just like a half or quarter of them — provided circumstances continue to allow.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast
Per the results of our crowdsourcing project from the 2011-2012 offseason, FanGraphs readers prefer Washington Radio (link).

Other Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
Kansas City at Baltimore | 19:05 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Ervin Santana starts for the Royals. On account of his most recent start was postponed after four innings, all of the author’s comments regarding him (i.e. Santana) from last Thursday remain entirely relevant.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Baltimore Radio.

Chicago AL at New York NL | 19:10 ET
Apart from the fact that this game features Matt Harvey‘s menacing fastball and menacing slider and menacing changeup, it also gives home audiences the opportunity to view Hector Santiago‘s screwball on what is very likely the best slow-motion replay camera (SportsNet New York’s) in baseball.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: New York NL 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 5.2.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.

Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Anibal Sanchez DET 10 7 8 3 7 WAS Jor. Zimmermann 19:05
Ervin Santana KC 8 6 5 7 1 BAL Wei-Yin Chen 19:05
Tommy Milone OAK 7 7 6 10 4 CLE Zach McAllister 19:05
Aaron Harang* SEA 4 4 3 8 0 PIT James McDonald 19:05
Kris Medlen ATL 4 8 6 3 9 CIN Homer Bailey 19:10
Hector Santiago* CHA 6 1 7 8 10 NYN Matt Harvey 19:10
Scott Diamond MIN 5 3 6 9 7 BOS Ryan Dempster 19:10
J.A. Happ TOR 0 4 4 7 7 TB Rob. Hernandez 19:10
Lance Lynn STL 6 2 5 5 4 CHN Travis Wood 20:05
C.J. Wilson LAA 2 3 4 5 6 HOU Jordan Lyles* 20:10
Justin Grimm TEX 6 4 6 7 6 MIL Wily Peralta 20:10
Hiroki Kuroda NYA 5 6 5 7 3 COL Jorge de la Rosa 20:40
Brandon McCarthy AZ 6 5 5 2 6 LAN Josh Beckett 22:10
Alex Sanabia MIA 2 0 3 4 4 SD Eric Stults 22:10
Kyle Kendrick PHI 4 1 5 5 6 SF Tim Lincecum 22:15

To learn how Pitcher and Team NERD Scores are calculated, 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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3 years 4 months ago

Regarding Tonight’s Featured Game, Who’s Also Not Starting It
The American League leader in pitcher WAR, Anibal Sanchez, and the National league leader in pitcher WPA, Jordan Zimmermann. Indeed, no pitchers will be starting this game because it is going to rain today. And tonight. And possibly forevermore.

Regarding the Commenter, Who, Along with a Group of Friends, Had Bought Tickets to Tonight’s Game
This commenter is not happy with the weather becuase he was very much looking forward to this matchup. His wish, likely not to be fulfilled, is for a true doubleheader on Thursday evening.

3 years 4 months ago

I typed in “unfettered repose” into a google search engine because I felt that phrase had never been uttered before. I kid you not, Daily Notes was the third listed item, below “The Gay Adventure: A Romance – Page 243” and “Hidden: A Sister and a Brother in Nazi Poland”

What kind of books have you been reading to get this sort of language into your vernacular?

unfettered repose
unfettered repose
3 years 4 months ago

= setting up Django for a re-take of his photo after he’s unchained.

Brazen Reader
3 years 4 months ago

Everyone quibbles, but I bet the consumers of OVPW NERD would unanimously agree that pitcher “Pace” should factor in; slow pitchers are excruciating to watch. Pace was helpfully added to Fangraph servers in 2010 under “PITCHf/x Plate Discipline”. Thus, for example, the extra five seconds Kuroda spends furiously furrowing his brow between each and every pitch, would make him less watchable than Lance Lynn.

3 years 4 months ago

As far as I’m concerned, pitcher pace should be 90% of NERD. I stop watching any game where the pitchers are slow and save the recording for those occasions when I can’t sleep.

3 years 4 months ago

Does Rafael Betancourt still pitch really slow? He was sooooo slow in Cleveland, i bet he has the slowest ninth innings in baseball. Boston should really trade for him.