Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
Featured Game: Milwaukee at Washington, 13:05 ET
Regarding the Original Miller’s Tale
In Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, a miller tells a story about a carpenter with a beautiful young wife. The wife has an affair with a clerk. The clerk, following a series of events too complex to recount here, receives a hot poker “amidde the ers” — which, the reader will know, is one of the worst places to receive a hot poker.
Regarding a Second Miller’s Tale
A second Miller’s Tale concerns the present iteration of the Milwaukee Brewers. In it, the team loses its second-best player during the offseason. Then, after more than half a season of mediocrity, they trade away their other second-best player. Then, they become more or less the best team in the entire league.
Regarding the Two Millers’ Tales, A Similarity
The thing that’s similar about about both Millers’ Tales is the championship-level narratives present in both.
Regarding the Two Millers’ Tales, A Difference
One difference between the two millers’ tales (one assumes, at least) is the amount of hot pokers being thrust at or near erses.
A Note on Who’s Pitching for Milwaukee
Young right-hander Wily Peralta (21.0 IP, 93 xFIP-, 0.6 WAR) starts for Milwaukee. In addition to having pitched quite well, Peralta has also featured the third-hardest fastball (95.5 mph) among all pitchers to’ve thrown at least 20 innings as a starter.
Other Notable Games
Baltimore at Boston | 13:10 ET
The poorly conceived playoff-odds adjustment in NERD (itself the infallible watchability metric sired by the author) now actually penalizes the Baltimore Orioles, owing to how their (i.e. the Orioles’) playoff odds are so high — ca. 93%, per Cool Standings.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Boston Radio.
Pittsburgh at Houston | 19:05 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
After their loss to Houston on Friday night (box), the Pirates are now 74-76, which is likely disappointing to anyone who possesses Basic Human Compassion.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Houston 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 3.7.
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.
|Wily Peralta||MIL||10||9||8||6||8||WAS||Gio Gonzalez||13:05|
|Travis Blackley||OAK||4||7||4||7||7||NYA||Ivan Nova||13:05|
|Adam Wainwright||STL||8||8||5||2||3||CHN||Travis Wood||13:05|
|Randy Wolf||BAL||3||2||1||5||2||BOS||Aaron Cook||13:10|
|Mark Buehrle||MIA||4||4||4||2||10||NYN||R.A. Dickey||13:10|
|Mike Minor||ATL||4||6||4||5||8||PHI||Roy Halladay||16:05|
|Stephen Fife||LAN||3||1||3||4||7||CIN||Mat Latos||16:06|
|Samuel Deduno||MIN||1||4||4||4||7||DET||Doug Fister||16:05|
|Kevin Correia||PIT||2||4||0||3||0||HOU||Dallas Keuchel||19:05|
|Ubaldo Jimenez||CLE||1||2||1||7||3||KC||Will Smith||19:10|
|Brandon Morrow||TOR||6||4||5||6||7||TB||Matt Moore||19:10|
|Patrick Corbin||AZ||7||7||4||7||5||COL||Jeff Francis||20:10|
|Jose Quintana||CHA||5||4||5||8||5||LAA||Dan Haren||21:05|
|Andrew Werner||SD||8||7||6||4||9||SF||Mad. Bumgarner||21:05|
|Matt Harrison||TEX||5||7||2||4||3||SEA||Blake Beavan||21:10|