Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.
Regarding Corey Kluber, What’s Notable About Him
What’s notable about Kluber is that, despite having entered the season as a 27-year-old with just 67.1 major-league innings on his resume, he’s proceeded to record the same approximate park-adjusted xFIP (78 xFIP- overall, 81 xFIP- starting) as considerably more celebrated pitchers — including, but not limited to: Matt Harvey (78 xFIP-), Clayton Kershaw (80 xFIP-), Jake Peavy (81 xFIP-), Chris Sale (81 xFIP-), and Shelby Miller (81 xFIP-).
Regarding Corey Kluber, What Else Is Notable About Him
Also notable with regard to Kluber is that his defense-independent numbers are likely not merely a product of deception. In fact, as a starter, Kluber has posted the same approximate average fastball velocity (92.8 mph) as certain pitchers expressly known for throwing hard — including, but not limited to: Yu Darvish (93.0 mph), Max Scherzer (92.9 mph), David Price (92.8 mph), Edwin Jackson (92.7 mph), and Matt Moore (92.4 mph).
Regarding Kluber, Why He’s Less Celebrated
Kluber is receiving less attention at the moment than many of the aforementioned pitchers likely because (a) he has not previously given cause for much attention and (b) he was not recently a celebrated prospect.
Regarding Kluber, Why Else He’s Less Celebrated
Also why Kluber has received less attention is likely because his defense-independent numbers have not translated into actual run prevention the way one might expect. Despite a 3.23 SIERA and 3.20 xFIP and even 3.63 FIP, Kluber has posted a considerably less appealing 5.19 ERA — largely due to a .359 BABIP.
One Possible Use of This Game
One possible use of the present game between Cleveland and Boston is to inspect Corey Kluber more closely, in light of the Compelling Remarks which appear above.
Another Possible Use of This Game
Another possible use for the reader of this game is to Participate in the Unexpected, which experience is facilitated by many games.
Author’s Preferred Broadcast
Per the results of looking into his own self, the author prefer Boston Television (link).
Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Baltimore at Toronto | 13:07 ET
Miguel Gonzalez (42.1 IP, 113 xFIP-, 0.4 WAR) faces Chad Jenkins (5.0, 111 xFIP-, 0.0 WAR). Baltimore enters Sunday with two players among the league’s top-10 by WAR: Chris Davis (2.6) and Manny Machado (2.5).
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Baltimore Radio*.
*As a number of readers have noted, the broadcast team for the Blue Jays has changed since the crowdsourced results of the broadcaster rankings project were released a couple offseasons ago.
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.
Note: the following table is entirely sortable.
|Miguel Gonzalez||BAL||3||8||5||5||5||TOR||Chad Jenkins*||13:07|
|Mike Pelfrey||MIN||0||3||5||7||10||DET||Max Scherzer||13:08|
|Matt Garza*||CHN||8||4||8||5||9||CIN||Johnny Cueto||13:10|
|Corey Kluber||CLE||10||9||8||8||5||BOS||Felix Doubront||13:35|
|Cole Hamels||PHI||6||1||6||2||10||WAS||Step. Strasburg||13:35|
|CC Sabathia||NYA||6||6||7||7||7||TB||Alex Cobb||13:40|
|Jerome Williams||LAA||5||5||4||6||3||KC||Wade Davis||14:10|
|Alex Sanabia||MIA||1||0||1||0||1||CHA||Dylan Axelrod||14:10|
|Bartolo Colon||OAK||5||6||4||5||3||HOU||Dallas Keuchel*||14:10|
|Wandy Rodriguez||PIT||5||7||5||5||4||MIL||Yovani Gallardo||14:10|
|Jon Garland||COL||2||7||4||5||5||SF||Matt Cain||16:05|
|Jason Marquis||SD||0||7||4||4||8||AZ||Patrick Corbin||16:10|
|Shelby Miller||STL||10||2||8||2||10||LAN||Clayton Kershaw||16:10|
|Nick Tepesch||TEX||6||4||6||6||7||SEA||Hisashi Iwakuma||16:10|
|Julio Teheran||ATL||6||8||5||7||3||NYN||Shaun Marcum||20:05|
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