Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
Featured Game: Los Angeles NL at Colorado, 15:10 ET
A Note on Who’s Starting for Los Angeles
Left-hander Clayton Kershaw is starting for Los Angeles.
Regarding Some Things the Reader Likely Knows About Clayton Kershaw
In terms of Clayton Kershaw, the reader is likely aware that (a) he was the Cy Young of the National League last year, that (b) he was also among the National League leaders in pitcher WAR, and that (c) both his fastball and slider are among the best pitches in the majors.
Regarding a Thing the Reader Might Not Know About Clayton Kershaw
The reader might not know that Clayton Kershaw is one of only five pitchers (along with R.A. Dickey, Stephen Strasburg, Cole Hamels, and Jeff Samardzija) who currently possess a perfect 10 according to NERD — i.e. the made-up stat that, according to the present author, measures the likely aesthetic appeal (or, watchability) of a player or team or whatever.
Regarding to What Degree You Should Trust Said Author
Probably not that much, actually.
Matt Kemp Status Update
Here was Matt Kemp‘s line entering play Tuesday: 98 PA, .417/.490/.893 (.442 BABIP), 275 wRC+, 2.2 WAR.
Matt Kemp Status Update, Part II
Here’s what Kemp did Tuesday against Pittsburgh: 5 PA, 1 H, 0 HR, 1 BB, 2 K.
Pitching for Colorado
Left-handed rookie Drew Pomeranz, 23, pitches for Colorado. Here’s his line through three starts: 13.1 IP, 20.6% K, 12.7% BB, 38.5% GB, 4.39 SIERA, 118 xFIP-, 0.1 WAR.
Another Brief Note About the Broadcast
With the move by the Pirates to a straight-on center-field camera, the camera in Colorado is likely the worst in the majors right now — which is especially not ideal for watching left-handers, turns out.
Other Notable Games
Kansas City at Detroit | 13:05 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Jonathan Sanchez faces Justin Verlander. This stat line belongs to one of them: 37.1 IP, 24.1% K, 5.5% BB, 40.4% GB, 3.13 SIERA, 80 xFIP, 1.2 WAR.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Detroit.
Pittsburgh at St. Louis | 20:15 ET
The Cardinals entered play on Tuesday with the league’s second-highest team wRC+ and top batter/fielder WAR and then posted a single-game wOBA of .446 en route to scoring 10 runs against the Pirates last night (box). Lance Lynn starts for St. Louis and has apparently been excellent. Line: 27.0 IP, 24.7% K, 6.2% BB, 52.2% GB, 2.96 SIERA, 84 xFIP-, 0.5 WAR.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Pittsburgh.
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 5.7.
Regard, a magnificent and sortable table:
|Matt Harrison||TEX||6||10||6||6||4||TOR||Ricky Romero||12:37|
|Jonathan Sanchez*||KC||3||10||6||3||8||DET||Justin Verlander||13:05|
|Chris Schwinden*||NYN||3||2||4||7||5||HOU||Wandy Rodriguez||14:05|
|Clayton Kershaw||LAN||10||5||8||8||6||COL||Drew Pomeranz*||15:10|
|Yovani Gallardo||MIL||5||6||4||5||1||SD||Jeff Suppan*||18:35|
|Joe Saunders||AZ||3||7||5||0||9||WAS||Edwin Jackson||19:05|
|Jake Arrieta||BAL||5||5||7||7||9||NYA||Ivan Nova||19:05|
|Jeff Samardzija||CHN||10||2||6||3||4||CIN||Bronson Arroyo||19:10|
|Brandon McCarthy||OAK||3||3||5||5||7||BOS||Daniel Bard*||19:10|
|Roy Halladay||PHI||5||2||5||8||5||ATL||Tommy Hanson||19:10|
|Blake Beavan||SEA||2||4||5||7||7||TB||James Shields||19:10|
|Josh Tomlin*||CLE||6||4||7||5||9||CHA||Philip Humber*||20:10|
|A.J. Burnett*||PIT||7||2||8||10||9||STL||Lance Lynn||20:15|
|Liam Hendriks*||MIN||6||5||6||2||7||LAA||Jered Weaver||22:05|
|Carlos Zambrano||MIA||4||4||3||6||1||SF||Barry Zito||22:15|
Crowdsourcing Broadcasters: Baltimore 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) / Boston.