Daily Notes, Featuring What Some Might Call “News”

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

1. What Some Might Call “News”
2. Notable MLB Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

What Some Might Call “News”
Regarding This So-Called News, What It Is
The news today is that — according to (a) the entire internet and, specifically, (b) the Associated Press — is that Jim Thome has been traded from Philadelphia to Baltimore in exchange for minor leaguers Kyle Simon and catcher Gabriel Lino.

That News, What It Means for Baltimore
For Baltimore, what the trade means is — or, what the present author assumes it means — is that Thome will play a lot of DH for the Orioles, effective immediately.

Who’s DH’d for Baltimore This Season
Here’s who’s DH’d for Baltimore to date (courtesy Baseball Reference): Nick Johnson (19 times), Chris Davis (19 times), Mark Reynolds (12 times), assorted others (the rest of the times).

What They’ve Hit
Here’s what those DHs have hit, collectively: 282 PA, .255/.348/.433 (.319 BABIP). Per Baseball Reference, that gives them an OPS+ of 105 relative to other DHs, who’ve batted .256/.330/.434.

What Thome Will Hit
As a regular-ish DH for Baltimore, Thome will probably hit slightly better than Baltimore’s DHs this season — something not very different than the .245/.344/.491 line ZiPS has projected for him.

Those Minor Leaguers, Scouting Reports on Them
Both John Sickels and Jordan Tuwiner have scouting reports on Simon and Lino — at Minor League Ball and Orioles Nation, respectively.

Those Scouting Reports, Condensed
For readers who have no intention of following the aforelinked scouting reports, here’s what they say about Kyle Simon: he throws from a low-ish arm slot and could induce ground balls, if not swings and misses, at the major-league level. And Lino: is a young (19) catcher with power upside, but has limited plate discipline at this point.

Other Notable Games
Philadelphia at Miami | 13:10 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Chase Utley Status Update: 14 PA, .385/.429/.615 (.500 BABIP).

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Philadelphia Radio.

Washington at Atlanta | 13:35 ET
This game will feature Gio Gonzalez (90.2 IP, 76 xFIP-, 3.1 WAR) on Atlanta’s excellent center-field camera.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Atlanta Radio.

New York NL at Los Angeles NL | 20:00 ET
Real-Live Ace Clayton Kershaw (108.1 IP, 85 xFIP-, 2.1 WAR) faces Secret Ace Dillon Gee (95.2 IP, 87 xFIP-, 1.2 WAR).

Broadcast Information: ESPN.

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 4.9.

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
Joe Blanton PHI 8 6 4 2 3 MIA Ricky Nolasco 13:10
Justin Masterson CLE 4 4 3 3 3 BAL Brian Matusz 13:35
Gio Gonzalez WAS 9 5 8 7 6 ATL Tim Hudson 13:35
Drew Smyly DET 6 4 7 4 7 TB Alex Cobb 13:40
Gavin Floyd CHA 6 6 5 6 6 NYA Phil Hughes 14:05
Josh Collmenter AZ 7 7 6 6 5 MIL Yovani Gallardo 14:10
Bruce Chen KC 3 5 3 2 5 MIN Francisco Liriano 14:10
Erik Bedard PIT 4 3 6 9 5 STL Jake Westbrook 14:15
Wandy Rodriguez HOU 5 5 2 3 3 CHN Travis Wood 14:20
C.J. Wilson LAA 4 5 6 7 4 TOR Aaron Laffey* 15:07
Kip Wells* SD 3 5 3 10 5 COL Undecided 15:10
Bronson Arroyo CIN 4 4 4 4 2 SF Ryan Vogelsong 16:05
Felix Doubront BOS 8 6 4 3 2 SEA Jason Vargas 16:10
Travis Blackley OAK 4 4 5 10 7 TEX Yu Darvish 19:05
Dillon Gee NYN 8 2 8 2 9 LAN Clayton Kershaw 20:00

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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5 Responses to “Daily Notes, Featuring What Some Might Call “News””

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  1. SJ says:

    Drew Pomeranz is starting for the Rockies today

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  2. John Thacker says:

    The issue with the Orioles isn’t so much that Thome will hit better than who the Orioles have used in the DH slot, but that him in the DH slot will free up Chris Davis to play first, and allow Mark Reynolds to sit. Those composite DH numbers mask that Davis has hit better than Reynolds.

    It’s more replacing Davis + Reynolds with Davis + Thome, which makes it an upgrade.

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    • John Thacker says:

      Or, alternatively, plugging some of the other holes. Davis might be going to full time in the outfield.

      Either way, part of why the O’s DH numbers look pretty decent so far is that Davis has played a lot of those games, so this deal is more about sitting someone else while Davis takes his spot.

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      • jorgath says:

        Yep. It’s about having Chris Davis AND a guy like Thome in the lineup. At the same time. Which is a time that is the same.

        Sorry, couldn’t resist the irresistable Cistulli-isms.

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