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Daily Notes: Darvish to Make Televised Start Today

Posted By Carson Cistulli On March 13, 2012 @ 10:00 am In Daily Notes | 11 Comments

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

1. Select Televised Games
2. SCOUT Leaderboards: Spring Training Pitchers
3. Video: Yu Darvish’s First Start, Lightly Annotated

Select Televised Games
St. Louis at New York Nationals | 13:10 ET
Both Adam Wainwright and Maikel Cleto are expected to pitch in this game for the Cardinals, MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch reports. The former (i.e. Wainwright) is interesting for obvious reasons; the latter (i.e. Cleto), because his fastball averaged 97.9 mph during the 4.1 major-league innings he threw last season.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: New York Television.

Texas at Cleveland | 16:05 ET
Yu Darvish is expected to make his second start of the spring, according to MLB.com’s Greg Johns. Here’s the line from his first start: 2.0 IP, 8 TBF, 3 K, 0 BB, O HR, 2 GO, 0 AO.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Cleveland Television.

SCOUT Leaderboards: Spring Training Pitchers
Pitching Leaderboard
Here is the SCOUT pitching leaderboard for spring training (ST) thus far. SCOUT represents an attempt to derive something meaningful from small samples and is the average of a player’s standard deviations from the ST mean in (regressed) strikeout and walk rate. (Click here for more on SCOUT.)

Name Org G GS IP BF xK% xBB% Kz BBz SCOUT
Madison Bumgarner SF 2 2 5.2 20 21.5% 5.2% 0.42 0.00 0.21
Wade LeBlanc MIA 2 1 6.1 19 20.9% 5.0% 0.35 0.04 0.19
Vance Worley PHI 2 2 6.0 24 20.3% 5.2% 0.28 0.01 0.15
Roy Halladay PHI 2 2 5.0 21 20.0% 5.0% 0.25 0.04 0.14
Francisco Liriano MIN 2 2 5.0 18 20.3% 5.2% 0.29 0.00 0.14
Felix Hernandez SEA 2 2 7.0 25 19.5% 5.0% 0.19 0.05 0.12
Craig Stammen WSH 2   5.0 19 19.6% 5.0% 0.20 0.04 0.12
Luis Perez TOR 3   5.0 17 19.8% 5.2% 0.23 0.00 0.11
Brian Matusz BAL 2 2 6.0 27 19.3% 5.0% 0.17 0.05 0.11
Cristhian Martinez ATL 4   6.0 24 19.6% 5.2% 0.21 0.01 0.11

Notes
• The sample for the SCOUT leaderboard includes the 127 pitchers who’d thrown at least 5.0 spring-training innings as of Monday afternoon.
• On the one hand, that’s not very many innings.
• On the other hand, the fact that Madison Bumgarner, Roy Halladay, and Felix Hernandez — i.e. all pitchers that are known to be very good — the fact that they appear in the top 10 suggests that, perhaps, this isn’t an entirely meaningless exercise.

Pitching Laggardboard
By way of curiosity, here are the 10 worst pitchers so far, per SCOUT:

Name Org G GS IP BF xK% xBB% Kz BBz SCOUT
John Danks CWS 2 2 5.0 29 15.7% 6.2% -0.24 -0.20 -0.22
Zach Duke HOU 2 1 7.0 33 15.2% 5.5% -0.29 -0.05 -0.17
Josh Beckett BOS 3 3 9.0 35 15.7% 5.6% -0.25 -0.08 -0.16
Derek Lowe CLE 2 1 5.0 23 15.8% 5.6% -0.24 -0.07 -0.15
Jeff Suppan SD 2 1 5.0 25 15.5% 5.4% -0.26 -0.03 -0.14
Austin Hyatt PHI 2   5.0 21 16.0% 5.6% -0.21 -0.07 -0.14
Ted Lilly LAD 2 2 5.0 24 15.6% 5.4% -0.25 -0.03 -0.14
Kevin Correia PIT 2 2 5.0 20 16.1% 5.6% -0.19 -0.07 -0.13
Matt Yourkin SF 2   5.0 23 15.8% 5.4% -0.24 -0.03 -0.13
Zeke Spruill ATL 4   5.0 25 15.5% 5.2% -0.26 0.01 -0.13

Video: Yu Darvish’s First Start, Lightly Annotated
Here’s video from Yu Darvish’s first spring-training start. Per Brooks Baseball, Darvish threw five different pitches over the course of his appearance. In order of frequency, they were as follows: four-seam fastball (13), slider (10), cutter (6), curveball (4), and two-seam fastball (3). The three strikeouts appear to come on the slider (0:07), the curve (0:52), and then the slider* again (2:17).

*See comments below regarding this last pitch.


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