Daily Notes: It’s R.A. Dickey Night in America

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

1. Featured Game: New York AL at New York NL, 20:00 ET
2. Other Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Featured Game: New York AL at New York NL, 20:00 ET
Some of the News That’s Fit to Print
Some news that’s fit to print in the present electronic pages is how R.A. Dickey starts tonight for the Mets in their game against the Yankees.

Some News That’s Probably Less Fit to Print
Some news that’s less relevant to these pages, for example, is how British novelist Martin Amis is bringing “macho literary firepower” to Brooklyn.

Regarding Dickey, His Season This Season
Here’s R.A. Dickey’s season line to date (with ranks among 110 qualified starters in parentheses): 99.0 IP (10th), 27.5% K (4th), 5.6% BB (23rd), 53.1% GB (16th), 2.55 SIERA (2nd), 70 xFIP- (3rd), 2.6 WAR (6th).

Regarding Dickey, His Last Seven Starts, In Particular
Dickey has been particularly excellent over his last seven starts. To wit: 54.2 IP, 37.0% K, 3.1% BB, 57.7% GB, 1.57 xFIP.

Regarding Dickey, What He’ll Bring to This Game, Probably
One never knows, of course, but probably something more agreeable than “macho literary firepower.”

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast
Per the results of our offseason crowdsourcing project, FanGraphs readers prefer New York NL Television (link). That said, this is the ESPN Sunday Night game.

Other Notable Games
Minnesota at Cincinnati | 13:10 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
The Reds presently occupy first place in the NL Central by 1.0 games over Pittsburgh. Here are the standings for the NL Central, as calculated by WAR:

Team WAR W WAR L WAR% Behind
Cardinals 42.9 29.1 .596
Reds 36.9 33.1 .527 5.0
Brewers 35.5 35.5 .499 7.0
Pirates 31.1 38.9 .444 10.8
Cubs 29.4 41.6 .414 13.1
Astros 29.0 42.0 .408 13.5

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Cincinnati Radio.

Tampa Bay at Philadelphia | 18:35 ET
This actually is the second game of what promises to be an entirely well-pitched double-header. David Price (90.2 IP, 81 xFIP-, 1.8 WAR) faces Cole Hamels (97.0 IP, 82 xFIP-, 2.1 WAR) in the first game, which begins at 1:05pm ET. The second game features Alex Cobb (37.2 IP, 82 xFIP-, 0.8 WAR) and Cliff Lee (77.2 IP, 74 xFIP-, 1.8 WAR). Of note regarding Cobb: his ground-ball rate (62.4%) would be second overall among qualified pitchers, behind only Trevor Cahill‘s (63.0%).

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Philadelphia Radio.

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 5.4.

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
David Price TB 9 4 8 5 9 PHI Cole Hamels 13:05
Scott Diamond MIN 6 3 5 4 7 CIN Mike Leake 13:10
Jesse Chavez* TOR 4 7 4 2 3 MIA Mark Buehrle 13:10
Mike Minor ATL 4 7 6 5 4 BOS Aaron Cook* 13:35
Justin Verlander DET 9 4 5 3 0 PIT Kevin Correia 13:35
Ross Detwiler WAS 5 4 6 3 7 BAL Jake Arrieta 13:35
Derek Lowe CLE 1 5 3 5 6 HOU J.A. Happ 14:05
Michael Fiers MIL 7 6 6 6 6 CHA Jose Quintana 14:10
Lance Lynn STL 8 10 4 5 0 KC Jon. Sanchez 14:10
Aaron Harang LAN 3 4 4 4 5 LAA Garr. Richards 15:35
Hector Noesi SEA 3 5 2 5 3 SD Ed. Volquez 16:05
Matt Cain SF 7 4 6 4 4 OAK Bran. McCarthy 16:05
Matt Garza CHN 8 3 6 6 6 AZ Wade Miley 16:10
Alex Cobb TB 7 4 8 5 10 PHI Cliff Lee 18:35
Alex White COL 6 10 5 10 5 TEX Matt Harrison 19:05
CC Sabathia NYA 9 6 9 1 10 NYN R.A. Dickey 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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  1. laerm says:

    I always feel a bit sad for the few pitchers with a zero NERD.

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  2. New York City Mets Fan says:

    I can’t believe the Mets have a 1 NERD.

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  3. Jeff Mathis does Steroids says:

    How does the “Game” NERD work?

    Atlanta and Boston’s starting pitchers with NERDs of 4 and 4. Texas and Colorado have starting pitchers with NERDs of 5 and 6.

    Atlanta and Boston’s team NERD are 7 and 5. Both Texas and Colorado have teams NERDs of perfect 10s.

    Yet the game NERD for ATL and BOS is higher than for COL and TEX. Does it take into consideration the home park or something?

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    • Jeff Mathis does Steroids says:

      Nevermind, I see the link. Still not sure how that game gets a higher score.

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    • CJ says:

      Colorado is zero chance and Texas are almost locks for the postseason. The game would be knocked down a bunch for the fact that you really just expect Texas to take the series.

      Boston and Atlanta have genuine playoff aspirations.

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  4. Dylan says:

    I feel like Dickey only being at 10 NERD is underselling him. He would be pretty high even without throwing a knuckler.

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  5. matt w says:

    Since when is complaining about how people in Manhattan make too much noise “macho”?

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  6. rambodiaz says:

    Kevin Correia… Zero nerd. *sigh*

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  7. Big Jgke says:

    How did Martin Amis manage to steal Dayn’s tagline? Or did Dayn simply lend it to him for the event in exchange for a charitable dust-jacket quote for his book?

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