Daily Notes: Meeting of the Corey Kluber Society Tonight

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

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

Meeting of the Corey Kluber Society Tonight
The Purpose of This Post
The purpose of this post is to announce a meeting — in this case, at 7:10pm ET today (Saturday) — of the Corey Kluber Society.

About the Society
The Corey Kluber Society (or, frequently just “the Society”) is composed of individuals all bound by their singular enthusiasm for the works and days of Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber.

How to Attend a Meeting
To attend a meeting of the Society, one needs merely to reap the whirlwind, metaphorically. One does that literally by watching Corey Kluber pitch on either MLB.TV or just Regular.TV.

On the Agenda
The agenda for today’s meeting (subject to change) is as follows:

1. Welcome, announcements, etc.
2. Elaborate and daring handshakes.
3. Report from the Subcommittee on Tartar Control.
4. Green light the SEAL incursion, stat.
5. In preparation for Kluber’s start, facilitate a death of the ego (a.k.a. kenosis).
6. Naps.
7. Watch Kluber’s start/ascend steps on ladder of mystical love.

Improving Text: Corey Kluber’s Changeup
Here’s action footage from the first inning of Kluber’s most recent start — in which footage, Kluber throws his changeup for a swinging strike to Eric Hosmer:

Kluber Hosmer CH SS 1st

Other Improving Text: Anothers of Kluber’s Changeups
Here’s additional footage of Kluber’s changeup from that start — in this case to Elliot Johnson in very slow motion and from mostly behind home plate:

Kluber Johnson CH SS K 3rd Slow

One Other Announcement
The present author will be forced to attend today’s meeting by means of DVR, on account of he (along with Dayn Perry) is hosting a night of pleasure in Milwaukee at precisely the same time as Kluber’s start.

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Chicago NL at Colorado | 20:10 ET
Carlos Villanueva (80.1 IP, 101 xFIP-, 0.9 WAR) faces Juan Nicasio (88.1 IP, 117 xFIP-, 1.2 WAR). Of note: 23-year-old prospect Junior Lake made his major-league debut yesterday (Friday) for Chicago, playing center field (box). Lake was ranked 13th among Cubs prospects on Marc Hulet’s preseason organization list. He (i.e. Lake) possesses obvious physical tools, but his control of the strike zone — he posted a walk and strikeout rates of 5.9% and 19.4%, respectively, in 170 Triple-A plate appearances — is limited presently.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Chicago NL Television.

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 5.1.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.

Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Jer. Hellickson TB 6 10 6 6 4 TOR Mark Buehrle 13:07
Cole Hamels PHI 8 1 5 7 2 NYN Zack Wheeler 13:10
Paul Maholm ATL 5 8 6 1 7 CHA Jake Peavy 16:05
Hiroki Kuroda NYA 5 3 6 8 7 BOS John Lackey 16:05
A.J. Burnett PIT 7 7 7 3 9 CIN Mat Latos 16:05
Zack Greinke LAN 4 2 5 2 7 WAS Gio Gonzalez 19:05
Corey Kluber CLE 10 7 6 3 2 MIN Kevin Correia 19:10
Justin Verlander DET 7 7 5 7 1 KC Jeremy Guthrie 19:10
Nathan Eovaldi MIA 5 2 4 4 4 MIL Yovani Gallardo 19:10
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 7 5 4 3 0 HOU Erik Bedard 19:10
Edinson Volquez SD 4 6 5 4 7 STL Lance Lynn 19:15
Carlos Villanueva CHN 4 4 4 8 3 COL Juan Nicasio 20:10
Miguel Gonzalez BAL 3 8 4 3 4 TEX Ross Wolf* 20:15
Wade Miley AZ 6 2 5 6 5 SF Matt Cain 21:05
Dan Straily OAK 6 6 5 7 4 LAA C.J. Wilson 21:05

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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  2. Jeff Rhodes says:


    Just became familiar with Fangraphs and love it. May I provide some additional insight regarding Aaron Rhodes with whom I am more than familiar with.

    Aaron should be a true 3/4 armer, he does have a tendency of letting his arm “float” a bit up and down. His best overall fastball comes at the 3/4 arm slot. In the SEC games he was consistently in the 89-92 range. In the Northwoods League Aaron has been consistently in the 90-94 range. Yes 94. And in two games (Youtube has many replays)The first @ Rochester he hit 96, also hit 96 @ Duluth. These are rare accomplishments so we don’t get too excited but we are pleased that he sits regularly in the 90-94 range. His change-up is a work in progress as it typically ranges between 83-86. I would suggest viewing Youtube replays Waterloo Bucks @ Mankato Moondogs 7/2/2013. Facing Fuentes #2 hitter announcer identifies pitch at 94. His slider is a plus pitch. He has a tendency of piling up the fastballs and not mixing in the slider and change.

    Waterloo has an aray of good players – fun to watch. The League itself has been very competitive and repleat with good division one players.

    Look forward to more great stuff at Fangraphs!

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  3. eddiegaedel says:

    am I in the right place for the Kevin Correia Society?

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  4. hamjenkinsIII says:

    Punch and pie kinda

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  5. Jaker says:

    Hey guys,

    Running a little late today. Hate to admit to this, but I will be deliberately benching the services of one, Mr. Corey Kluber, tonight. I have a small lead in ERA and WHIP (head-to-head) and cannot take the risk of a subpar performance though I have full faith that Mr. Kluber will live up to his billing. Regardless, I feel dirty. I’ll show myself out.

    –Not Steve

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    • Professor Ross Eforp says:

      Well through 6 innings he only has 7 k and 5 baserunners allowed. No runs.

      You should have your membership suspended.

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      • hamjenkinsIII says:

        CLE’s bullpen has no respect clearly

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      • Jaker says:

        I should have known better. When it comes to Mr. Kluber, all decisions should be left to the heart, not the brain, for he shall never fail the heart.

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  6. jswede says:

    Kluber is a ringer for Clint Eastwood out there…. that is, he never changes his expression. Can’t faze him.

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  7. Mike says:

    Where is the strike zone today?

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  8. Jaker says:

    Left with hip soreness. Apparently even his hips couldn’t handle his stuff.

    Dear Corey,

    May your joints and tendons heal promptly and without undue inflammation.

    –Not Steve.

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  9. longbeachyo says:

    This news just discovered… apparently one of the female members of this society “exposed” herself to Cory in between the 5th and 6th innings. Cory quickly “developed” a “stiff hip”.

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    • Kevin says:

      I simultaneously want to up-vote and down-vote this comment. I’m so conflicted. Up-vote it is

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  10. Paul says:

    Is there going to be a Fangraphs article soon about Luis Cruz’s historically bad offensive year? His current wRC+ of 1 would be the worst single season mark since the start of the live-ball era (min. 300 PA, Cruz curently has 175).

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