Daily Notes, Featuring the Whole Entire Weekend

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

1. Daily Notes Programming Message
2. Notable Weekend Games
3. Complete Weekend Schedule (Including MLB.TV Free Game)

Daily Notes Programming Message
Programming Note
At the risk of disappointing the otherwise entirely cheerful reader, both the Saturday and Sunday editions of the Daily Notes will be omitted from these electronic pages as the author attends a wedding this weekend.

Notable Weekend Games
Friday, 19:05 ET | St. Louis at Washington
In this case, the MLB.TV Free Game is also probably the most interesting one of the day. Adam Wainwright (166.0 IP, 77 xFIP-, 4.0 WAR) has resumed almost precisely the same level of excellence that he demonstrated in the two years before his Tommy John surgery. Also, the Cardinals are still just a game ahead of the Pirates. Chills up your spine, is what you’re feeling, one assumes.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Washington Radio.

Saturday, 19:05 ET | Chicago AL at Detroit
The very mercurial Max Scherzer (154.2 IP, 78 xFIP-, 3.2 WAR) starts for Detroit. Other information is, is here were White Sox’ playoff odds as of Thursday night: 81.9%. And the Tigers’ ones, as well: 45.5%.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Detroit Radio.

Sunday, 20:06 ET | Chicago AL at Detroit
Chris Sale (157.0 IP, 78 xFIP-, 4.1 WAR, 1.4 FDP Wins) and Justin Verlander (196.1 IP, 80 xFIP-, 5.6 WAR, 0.1 FDP Wins) are (a) entirely legitimate Cy Young candidates and (b) both pitching in this game that really, actually does have a scheduled first-pitch time of 8:06pm ET.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Detroit Radio.

Complete Weekend Schedule
Below is the complete schedule for all of this weekend’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire.

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. Also: MLB.TV Free Games are — through the magic of HTML — are highlighted by yellow.

Friday
The average NERD Game Score for today is 3.9.


Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Mad. Bumgarner SF 9 3 4 1 4 CHN Chris Volstad 14:20
Miguel Gonzalez BAL 2 1 4 6 6 NYA Hiroki Kuroda 19:05
Jake Peavy CHA 6 4 6 4 8 DET Doug Fister 19:05
Adam Wainwright STL 9 9 7 6 8 WAS Gio Gonzalez 19:05
Ryan Dempster TEX 6 7 2 3 1 CLE Ubaldo Jimenez 19:05
Jeremy Hellickson TB 3 5 4 5 6 TOR Brandon Morrow 19:07
R.A. Dickey NYN 10 2 4 3 4 MIA Nathan Eovaldi 19:10
Roy Halladay PHI 8 5 4 7 3 ATL Mike Minor 19:35
Mike Leake CIN 7 5 4 4 6 HOU Fernando Abad* 20:05
Cole DeVries MIN 2 4 2 7 4 KC Will Smith 20:10
Jeff Karstens PIT 6 4 7 8 8 MIL Mark Rogers 20:10
Clayton Richard SD 4 6 3 8 4 COL Alex White 20:40
Aaron Cook BOS 2 6 2 6 4 OAK Brandon McCarthy 22:05
Dan Haren LAA 5 8 3 4 3 SEA Kevin Millwood 22:10
Trevor Cahill AZ 6 6 3 1 1 LAN Aaron Harang 22:10

Saturday
The average NERD Game Score for today is 4.6.


Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Wei-Yin Chen BAL 5 1 5 6 5 NYA Freddy Garcia 13:05
Tim Lincecum SF 7 3 4 1 5 CHN Justin Germano 13:05
Jeff Niemann TB 5 5 4 5 4 TOR Hend. Alvarez 13:07
Ervin Santana LAA 3 8 5 4 9 SEA Felix Hernandez 16:05
Cliff Lee PHI 10 5 5 7 4 ATL Tim Hudson 16:05
Kyle Lohse STL 5 9 6 6 8 WAS J. Zimmermann 16:05
Francisco Liriano CHA 7 4 8 4 10 DET Max Scherzer 19:05
Homer Bailey CIN 6 5 3 4 5 HOU Lucas Harrell 19:05
Scott Feldman TEX 4 7 2 3 4 CLE R. Hernandez* 19:05
Liam Hendriks MIN 2 4 2 7 5 KC Luke Hochevar 19:10
Jeremy Hefner NYN 5 2 3 3 7 MIA Josh Johnson 19:10
A.J. Burnett PIT 7 4 7 8 7 MIL Marco Estrada 19:10
Edinson Volquez SD 5 6 2 8 2 COL Jhoulys Chacin 20:10
Felix Doubront BOS 7 6 7 6 10 OAK Brett Anderson* 21:05
Tyler Skaggs* AZ 9 6 6 1 4 LAN Josh Beckett 21:10

Sunday
The average NERD Game Score for today is 4.5.


Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Chris Tillman BAL 5 1 5 6 7 NYA David Phelps 13:05
Derek Holland TEX 6 7 4 3 7 CLE Zach McAllister 13:05
David Price TB 10 5 5 5 2 TOR Ricky Romero 13:07
Chris Young NYN 0 2 0 3 4 MIA Mark Buehrle 13:10
Jake Westbrook STL 5 9 7 6 10 WAS Stephen Strasburg 13:35
Bronson Arroyo CIN 4 5 3 4 6 HOU Bud Norris 14:05
Scott Diamond MIN 6 4 2 7 2 KC Luis Mendoza 14:10
James McDonald PIT 5 4 6 8 6 MIL Yovani Gallardo 14:10
Matt Cain SF 6 3 2 1 3 CHN Travis Wood 14:20
Casey Kelly* SD 12 6 6 8 4 COL Jeff Francis 15:10
Daisuke Matsuzaka BOS 4 6 4 6 6 OAK Tommy Milone 16:05
Jered Weaver LAA 4 8 4 4 5 SEA Hisashi Iwakuma 16:10
Wade Miley AZ 7 6 6 1 6 LAN Chris Capuano 16:10
Cole Hamels PHI 9 5 5 7 5 ATL Paul Maholm 17:05
Chris Sale CHA 10 4 9 4 10 DET Justin Verlander 20:06

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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Big Jgke
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Big Jgke
3 years 10 months ago

Wasn’t Morrow’s 17K game against the Rays? Isn’t that the kind of non-predictive information that goes into making NERD the mercurial and misleading stat we love?

Eminor3rd
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Eminor3rd
3 years 10 months ago

Ohh man, Sale vs. Verlander!

Aaron (UK)
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Aaron (UK)
3 years 10 months ago

And that, friends, is the genius of NERD: it quantifies the excitement that leads to your sentiments as 9.

Resolution
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Resolution
3 years 10 months ago

I’d say for a game that features Verlander, Sale, Adam Dunn, Prince Fielder, Jim Leyland, A. J. Pierzynski, and possibly Hawk Harrelson, 9 is the absolute low-end.

Unless of course you’re watching the Tigers feed, Dunn, Pierzynski, and Prince have the day off and both pitchers go like 6ip with 3ER and 5-7 ks….

Anon
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Anon
3 years 10 months ago

Wainwright “has resumed almost precisely the same level of excellence that he demonstrated in the two years before his Tommy John surgery.”

Maybe he is at that level now, but early in the season, he had more mistake pitches which resulted in a bloated ERA compared to his FIP.

Baltar
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Baltar
3 years 10 months ago

Oh, no, Carson! We have to go 2 days without Daily Notes just because you shirk your duties to go to some stupid wedding?
Talk about distorted values!

Otherwise Entirely Cheerful Reader
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I am disappointed with you, son of Miss Anne Elk.

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