Daily Notes: Meeting of the Corey Kluber Society, Again

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

1. Meeting of the Corey Kluber Society, Again
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Meeting of the Corey Kluber Society, Again
The Purpose of This Post
The purpose of this post is to announce another meeting — in this case, at 1:05pm ET today (Sunday) — of the Corey Kluber Society.

About the Corey Kluber Society
The Corey Kluber Society (CKS) — founded either last week or at the dawn of the Holocene epoch, depending — is composed of individuals all bound by their singular fascination with Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber. The Society’s constitution, were it ever written, would very likely note that said individuals are dedicated to promoting awareness of Kluber’s talents despite what fascist metrics like “win-loss record” and “ERA” might otherwise suggest.

Minutes from Most Recent Meeting
Minutes from the most recent meeting of the Society — which include discussion of Kluber’s very able June 11th start, for example, and also that asshole Steve who always shows up late — are available here.

Corey Kluber Awareness
With regard to Corey Kluber, both members and non-members would do well to note that — as of Saturday night, at least — Kluber was fourth among 111 qualified pitchers by park-adjusted xFIP and third by strikeout rate over the course of the last month.

Before we begin, it should be noted that there’s an Oldsmobile in the parking lot with its lights on. Appears to be an burgundy Oldsmobile of some sort. Probably a 2001 or -02 or -03 Aurora. Definitely a burgundy Aurora of some sort.

Inspirational Text: Corey Kluber’s Curveball
Here’s slow-motion and inspirational footage of Kluber’s curveball from his most recent start against Texas:

Kluber Berk SLOW

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Milwaukee at Cincinnati | 13:10 ET
Wily Peralta (74.2 IP, 111 xFIP-, 0.2 WAR) faces Johnny Cueto (37.1 IP, 82 xFIP, 0.7 WAR). The latter is making his first start in over two weeks due to either a lat or shoulder injury. As in previous seasons, his WAR as calculated with runs allowed (1.4) is considerably higher than his WAR as calculated with FIP (0.7).

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 5.6.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.

Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
St. Strasburg WAS 10 1 9 7 10 CLE Corey Kluber 13:05
Matt Garza CHN 5 5 4 6 3 NYN Jeremy Hefner 13:10
Wily Peralta MIL 6 4 7 4 9 CIN Johnny Cueto 13:10
Tyler Lyons STL 7 3 5 0 4 MIA Ricky Nolasco 13:01
Jon Lester BOS 4 9 5 8 4 BAL Miguel Gonzalez 13:35
Zack Greinke LAN 3 3 6 6 9 PIT Gerrit Cole* 13:35
Wade Davis KC 5 4 6 9 7 TB Rob. Hernandez 13:40
Hector Santiago CHA 5 1 4 3 5 HOU Dallas Keuchel 14:10
Doug Fister DET 7 7 5 3 4 MIN P.J. Walters 14:10
C-M Wang* TOR 5 5 6 3 9 TEX Derek Holland 15:05
CC Sabathia NYA 7 4 5 6 2 LAA Jered Weaver 15:35
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 8 4 6 7 5 OAK Bartolo Colon 16:05
Ian Kennedy AZ 3 3 3 8 2 SD Clayton Richard 16:10
Cole Hamels PHI 8 2 6 10 4 COL Jhoulys Chacin 16:10
Tim Lincecum SF 6 6 7 8 7 ATL Julio Teheran 20:05

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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  1. Personal note to the user who goes by such names as, e.g., Brazen Reader, King of Byelorussian Crunkers, etc.:

    Yesterday you said you had finished a 750-page book on the culture/history of Sicily. What book, and would you recommend this?

    Hmm. There ought to be a FanGraphs book club. I just finished the novel Swamplandia! and can highly recommend it.

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  2. monkeywrench says:

    I didn’t know Strasburg had achieved sainthood.

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  3. El Brontolone says:

    I think for Kluber, finally getting a really shaky offense, pitcher NERD score should go to 11…

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    • cass says:

      This “shaky offense” clubbed five home runs last night. Ok, it was against Scott Kazmir. And the night before they got beat 2-1. But us Nationals true believes keep thinking this’ll be the game where the Nats bats have finally broken out. Ok, mostly we’re just hoping we survive long enough for our twenty-year-old to get healthy and return to the lineup.

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  4. eddiegaedel says:

    Suprised that Colon vs. Iwakuma matchup is rated so low in NERD. I think that weight of pitcher and nationality of pitcher definitely intrigue me when watching games. i.e. a C.C. Sabathia vs. Yu Darvish matchup would be great.

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  5. PackBob says:

    So inspired I went outside and tried to throw a curveball, but rocks are harder to curve.

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  6. G_Funk_J says:

    I’m Gonna leave this right here…


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  7. Bryan Joiner says:


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  8. Alexander Nevermind says:

    Corey Kluber was not voted “Most Likely to Succeed” in high school. I motion that we amend this mistake.

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  9. Sarge6 says:

    When Mr. Kluber hurls at his home ballyard, said Mr. Kluber is in possession of a 2.83 xFIP, which the legend tells us is “Excellent,” to no surprise of the present Corey Kluber Congress.

    As the Washington ballclub has traveled this campaign, said Washington ballclub has plated 118 runs, situating said Washington ballclub at 26th of the 30 ballclubs in the Major League of Baseball. This, in turn, gives the Washington ballclub a traveling wRC+ of 72, which the legend tells us is 28% below the Major League of Baseball average, which situates said Washington ballclub at 30th of the 30 ballclubs in said Major League of Baseball.

    As such, this commenter is inclined to anticipate the almost unique occurrence of a “subtractive shutout,” in which Mr. Kluber’s dominance requires the official scorer to negate runs that the Washington ballclub previously plated in past contests.

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  10. Bab says:

    The real scholar works on the weekends. Bravo.

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  11. Danny Knobgobbler says:

    Hi, I’m Danny, and I’m a Kluberholic.

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  12. Jaker says:

    Hey guys. Sorry was running a little late.

    –Not Steve.

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  13. Mike says:

    Motion: Had Jhonatan Solano been a Corey Kluber Society member, he would have known that the curveball was coming on the 1-2 count, but would have flailed at it anyway, either out of appreciation or because of Fate.

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  14. isavage30 says:

    John McDonald was unimpressed with Kluber’s FIP through the first 3+ innings, so decided to not record any outs by fielding and instead let Kluber strike out everyone

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  15. Jaker says:

    6 IP, 5 H, 0 BB, 7 K… I don’t want to admit to swooning… but I think I just did.

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  16. atoms says:

    …Zack Greinke only has a NERD score of 3?? That seems… surprising.

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  17. Mike says:

    The Indians’ television announcer has referred to Corey Kluber as a “quiet assassin”. Hometown bias notwithstanding, I believe any reasonable observer would identify this as an accurate characterization.

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  18. B says:

    (via wikipedia)

    Corey Kluber Society

    The Corey Kluber Society (CKS) is a collection of baseball enthusiasts who have an unbridled passion for the unique talents of a one Mr. Corey Kluber, baseball pitcher. The society meets approximately every five days for said pitcher’s starts, with spirited sessions lasting from first Kluberian offering till the rules of baseball or life dictate that Mr. Kluber can “no longer go”. The society was founded and popularized by Carson Cistulli.

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  19. MLB Rainmaker says:

    Motion for Order: Next weeks meeting should include inspirational footage from Kluber’s 4th inning in today’s contest, whereby, after allowing single to the singularly impressive Anthony Rendon, a John McDonald throwing error (which to be noted is wholly unacceptable when you’re hitting .065) resulted in baserunners on 1st & 3rd with no outs. To which, the esteemed Mssr. Kluber responded with consecutive strikeouts of said Nationals 4-5-6 hitters, including Adam LaRoche, Jason Werth, and Ian Desmond. Most impressive possibly being Kluber’s two-seam fastball to Mssr. LaRoche, whereby, thinking the pitch was going to hit him, the National’s firstbaseman pushed his hips back as far as possible only to watch said fastball run back over the inside corner of the plate for a called strike three.

    Had one C.B. Bucknor only officiated said scenario, the entirety of Klubernation would have transcended to a state of centered chi and enlightened existence.

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    • cass says:

      I do believe that Corey Kluber was engaged in an act of trolling when he let the Nationals get a runner to third with no outs on three different occasions. He demonstrated that he could strikeout any batter at will and was just engaging in some trolling of Nats fans. This Nationals fan appreciates his talents and assumes he will go on to win many Cy Young awards but also thinks he could have been a little less cruel.

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      • Kevin says:

        Resolved: Corey Kluber has talent he cannot reveal to the world but appears willing to employ it for cruel trolling

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  20. Person Who Attended a Kluber Start says:

    It’s a shame I didn’t get to see said dominance in person because of unfair squeezing by the home plate officiant. Surprisingly, the squeezER was not the aforementioned C.B. Bucknor. But you would have thought it was.

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  21. cass says:

    I will also note that the 10 vs. 10 NERD pitching matchup lived up to the billing (considering that Strasburg was on a pitch count coming back from the DL). The Nats team offense, however, is overrated by NERD.

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  22. Aaron says:

    I love this idea for a society whoever came up with it. It’s crazy, but as an Indians fan, I agree that Kluber is a silent assassin. I like it that way. Teams don’t think about him enough so he stays under the radar. I knew that our pitching would be a liability from the start of the year, but not because of this guy.

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