Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
Featured Game: St. Louis at Cincinnati, 19:10 ET
A Thing That Will Surprise You
A thing that will surprise you, the marvelous reader, is perhaps that tonight’s starter for Cincinnati, Mat Latos, after a generally miserable April and May, currently has a 95 xFIP- (i.e. park- and league-adjusted xFIP, where below 100 is better).
Regarding Mat Latos, His xFIPs by Month
Here are Latos’s xFIPs by month this season, so far (month and innings pitched in parentheses): 4.79 (April, 28.2 IP), 4.00 (May, 30.1), 3.02 (June, 38.2), 2.26 (July, 7.0).
What a Reasonable Person Might Suggest
A person — an entirely reasonable one, in fact — might suggest, after looking at Mat Latos’s month-by-month xFIPs, that some manner of “trend” has revealed itself.
Regarding Latos’s Improvement, If It’s Related to Fastball Velocity
Regard, a fact: it does not necessarily appear as though Latos’s average fastball velocity has changed substantially since the beginning of the season.
Regarding the Word Necessarily in the Above Entry, Why the Author Used It
The author has likely used the word necessarily in the above entry because he’s averse to making strong claims — prefers, instead, to couch such claims among as many qualifiers as is reasonable to use without rendering a sentence entirely meaningless.
Regarding All This Sort of Information, Where One Can Find It
Much of the above information can be found at very important internet website FanGraphs.com (link). Or in the reader’s heart, too. Either/or.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Detroit Radio (although, note: the Detroit audio feed might not feature the above-average Baltimore center-field camera angle).
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Oakland 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 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.
|Ian Kennedy||AZ||6||6||4||1||3||CHN||Paul Maholm||14:20|
|C.J. Wilson||LAA||3||5||4||7||5||NYA||Hiroki Kuroda||19:05|
|Doug Fister||DET||7||5||7||1||7||BAL||Jason Hammel||19:05|
|Justin Masterson||CLE||5||5||5||8||2||TOR||Ricky Romero||19:07|
|Franklin Morales||BOS||7||5||6||4||2||TB||Jeremy Hellickson||19:10|
|Adam Wainwright||STL||9||9||8||4||8||CIN||Mat Latos||19:10|
|Jordan Zimmermann||WAS||8||6||6||3||7||MIA||Josh Johnson||19:10|
|Chris Young||NYN||1||2||5||8||5||ATL||Tim Hudson||19:35|
|Jose Quintana||CHA||7||5||4||5||4||KC||Bruce Chen||20:10|
|A.J. Griffin*||OAK||7||4||5||3||5||MIN||Francisco Liriano||20:10|
|James McDonald||PIT||6||4||6||7||9||MIL||Zack Greinke||20:10|
|Cliff Lee||PHI||9||5||6||10||7||COL||Christian Friedrich||20:40|
|Clayton Richard||SD||4||5||5||2||9||LAN||Clayton Kershaw||22:10|
|Derek Holland||TEX||6||9||3||3||3||SEA||Kevin Millwood||22:10|
|Jordan Lyles||HOU||4||5||5||4||9||SF||Madison Bumgarner||22:15|