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Daily Notes: It Feels Wrong, But It’s So Wainwright
Posted By Carson Cistulli On May 1, 2012 @ 10:00 am In Daily Notes | 12 Comments
Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
Featured Game: Pittsburgh at St. Louis, 20:15 ET
Regarding What a Person Could Assume About Adam Wainwright
A person — even a person with, like, a degree from an important liberal arts college and health insurance through his work — even that sort of person could reasonably assume that, owing to how Adam Wainwright (tonight’s starter for St. Louis) has conceded 16 runs in 19.2 innings (i.e. has posted a 7.50 ERA), that Wainwright has pitched poorly this season.
Regarding What Is More Likely the Case
It’s more likely the case that, owing to his excellent defense-independent numbers (24.1% K, 5.8% BB, and 52.5% GB in 19.2 IP), that Adam Wainwright has performed like a pitcher who would normally allow fewer than three earned runs per nine innings.
Regarding Wainwright’s Numbers, Career-Wise
Here’s how some of Wainwright’s current defense-independent numbers would compare to past years for him:
• Strikeout Rate: Career-High
• Walk Rate: Career-Low
• Ground-Ball Rate: Career-High
On Who’s Facing Wainwright
Facing Adam Wainwright is Pittsburgh right-hander Charlie Morton.
Of Particular Note re: Charlie Morton
Of particular note regarding Charlie Morton is how his ground-ball rate is at 71.4% through 17.0 innings and also that, while he still utilizes the two-seamer frequently, that he appears to be throwing his curve more often so far (25.3% this year, 16.3% last).
On How Many Things of Note That Actually Was
A Final Note, Regarding the Center-Field Camera at Busch Stadium
It’s excellent, is what.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast
Per the results of our offseason crowdsourcing project, FanGraphs readers prefer Pirates Television (MLB.TV). (Note: Pirates television feed might not have excellent center-field camera angle.)
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Arizona at Washington | 19:05 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Like every other starter on Washington, Jordan Zimmermann has been pretty excellent so far: 27.0 IP, 16.0% K, 2.0% BB, 48.7% GB, 3.47 SIERA, 92 xFIP-, 0.7 WAR. His strike percentage (69.3%) is the third-highest among starters with more than 20 innings.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Arizona.
Oakland at Boston | 19:10 ET
Right-hander Jarrod Parker, 23, makes his third career start and second of the season. He was excellent in his debut. Line: 6.1 IP, 25 TBF, 5 K, 1 BB, 6 GB on 18 batted-balls (33.3%), 2.69 xFIP.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Boston.
Philadelphia at Atlanta | 19:10 ET
Cole Hamels, who leads all qualified starters with a 2.25 xFIP, faces Brandon Beachy (25.2 IP, 101 xFIP-, 0.6 WAR) in front of the league’s best center-field camera.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Tied, Basically.
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 5.2.
Regard, a magnificent and sortable table:
|Trevor Cahill||AZ||4||6||5||0||8||WAS||Jordan Zimmermann||19:05|
|Brian Matusz||BAL||0||5||3||8||4||NYA||Phil Hughes*||19:05|
|Luke Hochevar||KC||4||9||6||3||7||DET||Rick Porcello||19:05|
|Neftali Feliz||TEX||3||10||5||6||6||TOR||Drew Hutchison*||19:07|
|Jeff Samardzija||CHN||10||1||6||3||4||CIN||Bronson Arroyo||19:10|
|Jarrod Parker*||OAK||9||3||7||4||6||BOS||Felix Doubront||19:10|
|Cole Hamels||PHI||10||3||7||8||6||ATL||Brandon Beachy||19:10|
|Hector Noesi*||SEA||3||4||3||7||2||TB||Matt Moore||19:10|
|Jonathon Niese||NYN||7||2||6||7||5||HOU||J.A. Happ||20:05|
|Ubaldo Jimenez||CLE||0||4||5||5||9||CHA||Chris Sale||20:10|
|Charlie Morton*||PIT||7||2||8||10||9||STL||Adam Wainwright*||20:15|
|Ted Lilly||LAN||1||5||3||8||3||COL||Jhoulys Chacin||20:40|
|Shaun Marcum||MIL||5||6||5||5||5||SD||Edinson Volquez||22:05|
|Francisco Liriano*||MIN||2||5||4||2||6||LAA||Jerome Williams*||22:05|
|Ricky Nolasco||MIA||5||3||5||6||6||SF||Matt Cain||22:15|
Crowdsourcing Broadcasters: Boston Radio
Recently, we released the results of our television broadcaster rankings — itself the product of reader crowdsourcing that started in late November. Now, FanGraphs is asking readers to rate the radio broadcast teams for all 30 major-league clubs (Click here for more on this project.)
Rate other teams: Washington / Toronto / Texas / Tampa Bay / Seattle / San Francisco / San Diego / St. Louis / Pittsburgh / Philadelphia / Oakland / New York (NL) / New York (AL) / Minnesota / Milwaukee / Miami / Los Angeles (NL) / Los Angeles (AL) / Kansas City / Houston / Detroit / Colorado / Cleveland / Cincinnati / Chicago (NL) / Chicago (AL).
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