Daily Notes: Introducing a Sixth Detroit Starting Pitcher

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

1. Featured Game: Cleveland at Detroit, 13:08 ET
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Featured Game: Cleveland at Detroit, 13:08 ET
Two Facts Regarding the Detroit Tigers
One fact regarding the Detroit Tigers is that they’ve used only five starting pitchers over the season’s first two-plus months. A second, entirely related, fact is that those same Detroit starters this season have recorded a league-best strikeout rate (26.5%), park-adjusted xFIP (71 xFIP-), and WAR (12.5).

Now a Third, Less Encouraging, Fact
A third fact is that right-hander Anibal Sanchez — himself the leader among all qualified starters by park-adjusted xFIP — has been scratched from his start today with a sore shoulder, and will be replaced by 24-year-old left-hander Jose Alvarez.

Regarding Jose Alvarez, Briefly
Here are some salient facts regarding today’s starter for Detroit.

• Originally signed by Boston as international free agent in 2005.
• Traded to Miami before 2010 season.
• Signed to minor-league contract by Detroit this November.
• Has recorded second-highest strikeout rate among qualified IL starters.
• Has recorded highest strikeout-walk differential (20.7%) among same group.
• Appeared, it seems, on zero organizational prospect lists this preseason.
• Has recorded zero major-league innings/appearances previously.

Regarding Jose Alvarez, His Repertoire
A very thorough and recent scouting report by Tigers blog Bless You Boys’ Nick Galea reveals the following regarding Alvarez’s repertoire. For each pitch, both the average velocity (in parentheses) and grade on 20-80 scouting scale are provided.

From Galea’s report:

Fastball (86-90): 40-45

Changeup (76): 50-55

Curves (72-75): 60

Slider/Cutter (82-84): 35-40

Command: 65

Control: 70

Endurance: 60

Ceiling role: Could handle a month or two of starts, pitch as the last man in a bullpen for a few years, or be a LOOGY for as long as he can spin a curveball.

Action Footage: Alvarez’s Curveball, Probably
This is probably footage of Alvarez throwing his curveball to Cincinnati prospect Billy Hamilton for a swinging strike — unless it’s footage of Alvarez throwing his changeup, that is:

Alvarez Hamilton CH SS

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast
Per the results of our crowdsourcing project from the 2011-2012 offseason, FanGraphs readers prefer Cleveland Radio (link).

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Atlanta at Los Angeles NL | 16:10 ET
Mike Minor (78.2 IP, 92 xFIP-, 1.4 WAR) faces Matt Magill (24.0 IP, 145 xFIP-, -0.6 WAR). Yasiel Puig Status Update: 24 PA, .435/.458/1.000 (.400 BABIP), 307 wRC+, 0.7 WAR.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Los Angeles NL 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 5.1.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.


Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Justin Grimm TEX 6 4 6 6 6 TOR Josh Johnson 13:07
Justin Masterson CLE 7 8 8 7 9 DET Jose Alvarez* 13:08
Tom Koehler MIA 6 0 4 6 3 NYN Jon Niese 13:10
Joe Blanton LAA 6 6 6 9 5 BOS Ryan Dempster 13:35
Scott Diamond MIN 3 3 5 2 9 WAS Jor. Zimmermann 13:35
Chris Tillman BAL 5 9 5 6 3 TB Matt Moore 13:40
Lucas Harrell HOU 1 4 2 5 2 KC Luis Mendoza 14:10
A.J. Griffin OAK 5 6 5 0 5 CHA Hector Santiago 14:10
Jonath. Pettibone PHI 4 3 4 4 5 MIL Kyle Lohse 14:10
Jeff Locke PIT 3 5 5 5 6 CHN Edwin Jackson 14:20
Mike Minor ATL 8 8 5 2 1 LAN Matt Magill 16:10
David Phelps NYA 4 5 7 6 10 SEA Felix Hernandez 16:10
Clayton Richard SD 2 7 4 10 3 COL Juan Nicasio 16:10
Chad Gaudin* SF 5 4 6 3 8 AZ Tyler Skaggs* 16:10
Samuel Deduno* MIN 5 3 5 2 7 WAS Nate Karns* 19:05
Lance Lynn STL 7 3 5 5 4 CIN Bronson Arroyo 20:05

To learn how Pitcher and Team NERD Scores are calculated, 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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  1. 2013 Draft Cool Name Discussion Thread!

    What cool names have you seen come off the boards, gents?
    I personally noticed that the Washington Nationals (helmed by Mike Rizzo) drafted Delaware first baseman Jimmy Yezzo.

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    • Brad says:

      Indians picked up Sicnarf Loopstok

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    • AC of DC says:

      (All from DAY 2)
      Cleveland also snagged Dace Kime. Appears gringo in photographs, so I guess we should assume it’s pronounced long A, long I?

      Cord Sandberg (PHI) ain’t bad. Isaiah Kiner-Falefa (TEX) benefits from the hyphenation. There are several half-goods, where you have a bland first and sound last (like Skulina, Slegers, and Slania, or Voth and Rumbelow) or vice-versa. Buddy Borden (PIT) has a nice flow. Hard to beat Forrestt Allday (BOS) and his consonants. Malik Collymore (STL) is worth a mention.

      We must give a nod to the eminently employable skilled laborer, Mason Smith (SD).

      Presumably, the one that will most delight the NotGraphs crowd is KC’s Amalani Fukofuka.

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    • David says:

      Pirates drafted Erich Weiss. How cool is that. I know I know it is a letter off (Ehrich Weiss) from being exceptionally great but you have to admit it is still very cool. Not too often you have Houdini drafted.

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  2. money talks says:

    Opening day starter for the Orioles in 2017 will be: Parker Bugg

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  3. chief00 says:

    Okay, I’ll play! #82. Carter Hope, Kansas City Royals. The Greek verb ‘kartereo’ means ‘steadfast’ or ‘patient’. “With the #82 pick in the 2013 MLB amateur draft, the Kansas City Royals are pleased to select Steadfast Hope…:)

    Also, the Greek adjective ‘karteros’ means ‘strong’, ‘staunch’ or ‘brave’.

    KC fans can hope (hehehe) that this draft pick exhibits all the qualities of his given name.

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  4. Bip says:

    That’s gotta be his changeup. It moves away from the righty and doesn’t drop as much as a curveball that velocity should. His changeup is hardly faster than his curveball according to that chart, so the slow velocity of that pitch isn’t much of an indication.

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