Daily Notes: Largely Concerning Roy Oswalt’s Rockies Debut

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

1. Featured Game: Colorado at Washington, 19:05 ET
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Featured Game: Colorado at Washington, 19:05 ET
The Purpose of This Post
The purpose of this post is to alert the reader to how veteran right-hander Roy Oswalt is making his debut tonight (Thursday) for the Colorado Rockies against Washington.

The Purpose of a Different Post
The purpose of a different post the author ought to have written probably 1.5 months ago would have concerned how Roy Oswalt has signed a minor-league deal with the Colorado Rockies.

Concerning Roy Oswalt’s Velocity in the Minors
According to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, Oswalt was “consistently at 92 mph” and “hitting 95 on occasion” during his June 9th start for Double-A Tulsa. In another piece by the Postin this case by Irv Moss — Oswalt himself suggested that he’s “not 94 (mph) anymore” but still throwing at “91, 92.”

Concerning Roy Oswalt’s Results in the Minors
The 35-year-old Oswalt made five minor-league starts within the Rockies system — all with Double-A Tulsa. Over those five starts, he posted this line: 33.1 IP, 6.75 K/9, 1.89 BB/9, 1.35 HR/9, .218 BABIP, 2.16 ERA, 4.28 FIP. Readers should note that, while likely to allow home runs to right-handers at an above-average rate for the Texas League, Tulsa’s ONEOK Field is otherwise mostly neutral.

Concerning the Rockies, Their Prospects at the Moment
As of Wednesday night, at least, the Rockies appear to be 2.5 games out of first place in the National League West. FanGraphs’ very scientific and totally clairvoyant projected standings suggest that, with Oswalt, the Rockies are still most likely to finish two games behind Arizona in the NL West.

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Milwaukee at Houston | 14:10 ET
Yovani Gallardo (87.2 IP, 92 xFIP-, 0.8 WAR) faces Lucas Harrell (84.1 IP, 118 xFIP-, 0.0 WAR). Of note regarding the Brewers offense: it appears to feature both the second- and 14th-best qualified batters according to WAR and also the eighth- and 14th-to-last by that same measure.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Milwaukee 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 5.3.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.

Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Bran. Cumpton* PIT 7 6 7 5 9 CIN Homer Bailey 12:35
John Danks CHA 7 1 4 3 3 MIN Scott Diamond 13:10
A.J. Griffin OAK 5 6 5 4 6 TEX Josh Lindblom* 14:05
Yovani Gallardo MIL 5 4 3 3 1 HOU Lucas Harrell 14:10
Roy Oswalt* COL 9 9 8 2 9 WAS J. Zimmermann 19:05
Matt Moore TB 3 9 5 4 5 NYA Andy Pettitte 19:05
John Lackey BOS 6 8 7 7 8 DET Jose Alvarez* 19:08
Jon Niese NYN 3 6 6 8 8 ATL Mike Minor 19:10
Scott Feldman CHN 3 5 4 3 6 STL Lance Lynn 20:15
Felix Hernandez SEA 10 4 5 7 0 LAA Tommy Hanson 22:05
Stephen Fife LAN 8 2 4 9 0 SD Jason Marquis 22:10
Tom Koehler MIA 6 0 5 6 6 SF Chad Gaudin* 22:15

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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17 Responses to “Daily Notes: Largely Concerning Roy Oswalt’s Rockies Debut”

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  1. DC says:

    “Over those five starts, he posted this line: 33.1 IP, 6.75 K/9, 1.89 BB/9, 1.35 BB/9, .218 BABIP, 2.16 ERA, 4.28 FIP.”

    I’m assuming the second BB/9 should be HR/9, correct?

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  2. robertobeers says:

    Dave Cameron once said, “Simply put, you stick a guy like Chamberlain in the NL, and he’d look like Cy Young. Sorry, NL fans, but your pitchers aren’t as good as you think.” Essentially, Oswalt will fall off a trampoline tonight.

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    • Mrs Hiroki Kuroda says:

      You try pitching in Coors Field. It makes Yankee Stadium seem like Petco pre-fence move.

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    • Televators says:

      Am I missing something? The Rockies and the Nationals are both NL teams.

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      • cable fixer says:


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      • rusty says:

        My assumption was that the initial post was positively contrasting Oswalt’s debut with his less-than-stellar performance last season with the Rangers… and that I must therefore just not know what “falling off a trampoline” meant.

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        • Wobatus says:

          Falling off a trampoline refers to Joba Chamberlain’s accident.

          Yeah, the Al is tougher due to DH, but it hasn’t hurt Kuroda to switch to AL nor helped Haren to move to NL east. With more interleague play and some restoration of balance between the league’s and general slump in hitting, that notion is getting hoary, “Oh noez, the Al East!!!” Dickey’s injury-wracked performance notwithstanding.

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  3. Dustin Baker says:

    I watched him pitch his last game for the Drillers in Little Rock, AR. He went 8.1 innings (102 pitches of the planned 105) and had a nice shut out. Interested to see how he will fare tonight.

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  4. Blockhead says:

    Why does Oswalt get a 9?

    Is all his watchability derived from hoping to see that self-entitled douche get blown up by a terrible Nats line-up?

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  5. Professor Ross Eforp says:

    Just to make sure everybody can be ready…Corey Kluber is scheduled to pitch Saturday against the TWINS.

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