Daily Notes: Hammel’s Performance Is Kosher

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

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

Featured Game: New York AL at Baltimore, 19:05 ET
Of Particular Note Regarding This Game
Of particular note regarding this game is that right-hander Jason Hammel is starting it for Baltimore.

Of Particular Note Regarding Jason Hammel, Specifically
Of particular note regarding Jason Hammel, specifically, is that, after entering the season with a career ERA of 4.99 (about a 111 or 112 ERA-), he’s posted a 2.09 ERA so far this season (50 ERA-).

Also of Note Regarding Jason Hammel, Specifically
Also of note regarding Jason Hammel, specifically, is that he’s been excellent by the defense-independent numbers so far, too, posting a 60 FIP-, 67 xFIP-, and 1.3 WAR — on the strength, naturally, of excellent peripherals (25.5% K, 7.4% BB, 61.0% GB) — through his first six starts and 38.2 innings.

Regarding Those Strikeout and Walk Rates, Where They Rank
Here’s where Hammel’s strikeout and walk rates rank among the league’s 115 qualified starters: 12th and fifth, respectively.

A Short List of People Who Didn’t Foresee Hammel Doing That
The Oracle of Delphi, probably — and all the lesser oracles, too, probably.

Two Lesser Oracles
The Oracle of Schenectady, for example — and the Oracle of Fresno, for other example.

Pitching for the Yankees
Pitching for the Yankees is Ivan Nova (37.2 IP, 90 xFIP-, 0.2 WAR).

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast
Per the results of our offseason crowdsourcing project, FanGraphs readers prefer Baltimore Television (link).

Other Notable Games
San Diego at Washington | 19:05 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Padres right-hander Tim Stauffer makes his season debut after missing the first month-plus of the season with a triceps injury. Here’s his line from last season: 185.2 IP, 16.5% K, 6.8% BB, 51.8% GB, 3.71 xFIP, 96 xFIP-, 1.0 WAR. Here’s his Steamer projection from before the season: 158.0 IP, 6.07 K/9, 2.95 BB/9, 0.80 HR/9, 3.95 FIP.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: San Diego.

Chicago NL at St. Louis | 19:05 ET
Ryan Dempster, who starts for the Cubs, has posted a 76 xFIP- through five starts and 35.1 innings. His season-best (since 2002, at least) is an 85 xFIP-, in both 2005 (predominantly as a reliever) and 2008.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Chicago NL.

Arizona at Los Angeles NL | 22:10 ET
Of the 141 pitchers to’ve thrown 20-plus innings as a starter, Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw — who starts tonight for the Dodgers — is one of only seven pitchers (along with Stephen Strasburg, A.J. Burnett, Jeff Samardzija, CC Sabathia, R.A. Dickey, and Cole Hamels) to’ve posted a NERD of 10. (Regarding what NERD is, continue reading.)

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Los Angeles NL.

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 5.3.

Regard, a magnificent and sortable table:


Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Ryan Dempster CHN 8 3 7 10 6 STL Jake Westbrook 19:05
Lucas Harrell HOU 2 6 4 3 6 PHI Joe Blanton 19:05
Ivan Nova NYA 7 7 8 5 9 BAL Jason Hammel 19:05
Tim Stauffer* SD 6 5 5 2 6 WAS Ross Detwiler 19:05
Jeff Niemann TB 5 6 6 6 6 TOR Brandon Morrow 19:07
Homer Bailey CIN 5 3 6 8 6 ATL Randall Delgado 19:10
Yovani Gallardo MIL 5 6 4 2 2 NYN Miguel Batista* 19:10
Brad Lincoln* PIT 6 2 6 4 8 MIA Anibal Sanchez 19:10
Jason Vargas SEA 4 3 4 5 4 BOS Jon Lester 19:10
Bruce Chen KC 4 8 5 10 4 TEX Scott Feldman* 20:05
Jeanmar Gomez CLE 4 4 3 2 3 MIN Carl Pavano 20:10
Drew Smyly DET 8 1 5 5 2 CHA John Danks 20:10
Tyson Ross OAK 4 4 5 2 6 LAA Dan Haren 22:05
Ian Kennedy AZ 5 6 7 6 10 LAN Clayton Kershaw 22:10
Christ. Friedrich* COL 8 8 5 4 2 SF Ryan Vogelsong 22:15

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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