Daily Notes: Minutes of the Corey Kluber Society Meeting

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

1. Minutes of the Corey Kluber Society Meeting — 11 June 2013
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Minutes of the Corey Kluber Society Meeting — 11 June 2013
Called to Order
Meeting called to order in Arlington, Texas, at approximately 8:05pm ET by umpire Mark Wegner.

Members Present
Not entirely clear. Members scattered throughout nation (and world), in front of televisions or other connective devices.

Members Not Present
Steve, probably.

Reading of Agenda
To approve the agenda for 11 June 2013 — which agenda mostly concerns watching Corey Kluber‘s start at our different houses.

Motion carried.

Agenda for the meeting on 11 June 2013 approved without modification.

Business: First Motion
Motion from Carson Cistulli
Corey Kluber performed more ably than usual on Tuesday night so far as run prevention is concerned, allowing just a single run over 8.0 innings against the Rangers (box).

Motion carried.

Corey Kluber prevented runs more ably than usual.

Business: Second Motion
Motion from Carson Cistulli
So far as overall defense-independent indicators are concerned — in this case, his 3:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 56.5% ground-ball rate — Kluber’s Tuesday night start was actually his second-least effective one of the season.

Motion carried. (Steve texted. Is running late. Votes in favor.)

Kluber’s defense-independent indicators not excellent.

Business: Third Motion
Motion from Carson Cistulli
Kluber’s Tuesday start was a mixed blessing insofar as raising awareness about Corey Kluber is concerned — insofar as he (a) was excellent at preventing runs but also (b) less excellent than usual at those things which generally lead to run prevention.

Motion carried. (Steve just arriving, approves.)

Kluber’s Tuesday start is a mixed blessing for Corey Kluber awareness.

Business: Fourth Motion
Motion from Steve
We should all watch Kluber’s last pitch from his start — that curveball to strike out Lance Berkman to end eighth inning.

Motion carried.

We will all watch the curveball Steve mentioned to end the eighth:

Kluber Berk SLOW

Meeting Adjourned
Meeting adjourned at ca. 11:00pm ET.

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Arizona at Los Angeles NL | 22:10 ET
Patrick Corbin (81.2 IP, 99 xFIP-, 1.9 WAR) faces Hyun-Jin Ryu (79.1 IP, 88 xFIP-, 1.5 WAR). The former is currently sixth among all starters by WAR calculated with run allowed (as opposed to FIP).

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Los Angeles 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 5.3.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.

Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Jerome Williams LAA 5 6 5 8 3 BAL Jason Hammel 12:35
Justin Verlander DET 9 7 7 4 7 KC James Shields 14:10
Mike Leake CIN 6 4 5 5 4 CHN Travis Wood 14:20
Paul Maholm ATL 5 8 5 8 2 SD Edinson Volquez 15:40
Barry Zito SF 1 5 6 6 10 PIT Francisco Liriano 19:05
Alfredo Aceves* BOS 2 9 5 9 6 TB Chris Archer* 19:10
Alfredo Figaro* MIL 8 4 5 0 4 MIA Kevin Slowey 19:10
Shelby Miller STL 10 3 7 6 5 NYN Dillon Gee 19:10
Ubaldo Jimenez CLE 6 7 6 3 7 TEX Nick Tepesch 20:05
Tyler Cloyd PHI 0 2 1 3 0 MIN Mike Pelfrey 20:10
Esmil Rogers* TOR 4 6 6 0 9 CHA Chris Sale 20:10
Ross Ohlendorf* WAS 5 1 4 10 3 COL Jorge de la Rosa 20:40
Phil Hughes NYA 6 4 6 7 6 OAK Dan Straily 22:05
Patrick Corbin AZ 7 3 6 2 7 LAN Hyun-Jin Ryu 22:10
Jordan Lyles HOU 5 3 5 5 5 SEA J. Bonderman* 22:10

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. Bryan says:

    The pie at the meeting was great, Carson. I’ll host next time, just tell me where you got it.

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  2. Wobatus says:

    Mike Pelfrey versus Tyler Floyd. A real hipster (anti-NERD) match-up.

    Or is hipster not the opposite of NERD? Jock? In-crowd? Popular Clique?

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    • Wobatus says:

      Whoops. Cloyd, not Floyd. If he’s name was Floyd and not Cloyd his NERD score might be 1 instead of 0.

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  3. Scottttttttt says:

    motion from commenter Scottttttttt

    So far as there is no pictorial evidence to support such claims, I move that the assertion that the author is “very” handsome be modified to simply handsome, until such time that evidence (VIA aforementioned pictures) of said claims of “very” handsome can be reviewed and voted upon by all members in attendance. Except for Steve who is being punished for being late. Again.

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  4. mgraves says:

    Twins-Phils–catch the excitement–if you can [stay awake].

    I imagine the Phils will catch up to Pelfrey in the 5th and 6th and score a half dozen runs, so if I were a Phillies fan, I’d try to catch the 5th and 6th–should start around 2045 CDT.

    Gibson, please string enough consistent performances together to replace Pelfrey.

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  5. The Surging Danube says:

    At the Tony Cingani Society meetings, they don’t vote on motions until they have been seconded by an offspeed pitch.

    The food was far more plentiful at the CC-Colon meeting last night.

    We at the Burch Society feel like you guys are sadly derivative.

    After the Greinke-Kennedy meeting, we watched some UFC.

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  6. Danny Knobgobbler says:

    Did Steve make any mention of your handsome Lands’ End shorts, though?

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  7. steviek says:

    I didnt get to watch last nite… help me out. Considering Kluber over Holland for roy, mostly due to park factor & bb/9. But for me, ERA is the key stat. Am I crazy?

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  8. Andrew says:

    Is that even a curveball? Look like a change. Either way, I remain unimpressed by that gif.

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  9. Jaker says:

    I enjoyed this meeting beyond intentions. A stiff drink is in order.

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  10. Alexander Nevermind says:

    Eric Nadel, pinpointing the essence of Kluber: “You get that sense after talking to him – he’s not a very excitable boy.”

    Kluber has a strong Zen master vibe

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    • Do you remember around when in the game Nadel said that? I’d like to capture it for Posterity.

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      • Alexander Nevermind says:

        I have a time-stamp on my text at 8:51 CST. And since it came after a sarcastic “Wash is a genius” message (re: McClellan induced an inning-ending DP on his first pitch), I’d guess that makes it bottom of the 5th inning.

        My quote of Nadel is most likely not verbatim, but it should be very close. I was impressed at how quickly Nadel was able to define Kluber after a simple pre-game interview. And I believe Nadel spent a decent amount of time that inning discussing Kluber and his return to North Texas.

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  11. Mike says:

    Further motion:
    I move that Cory Kluber lost several called strikes- and potentially several strikeouts- to the lackadaisical pitch-framing of one Yan Gomes.

    Additional further motion:
    I additionally move that Kluber’s performance, while not rated highly by the standard defense-independent metrics, was aesthetically pleasing on balance and contained moments that inspired uncircumscribed joy on the part of the Kluber Enthusiast.

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      • Jaker says:


        The strikeout potential of Corey Kluber’s Tuesday start was sabotaged by one Yan Gomes (the deliberateness of this act is unclear).


        Corey Kluber’s Tuesday start was aesthetically pleasing and contained moments that inspired joy among Kluber Enthusiasts and others alike.

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  12. bigboneded says:

    Fuckin Steve, man.

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  13. cable fixer says:

    best. daily notes. ever.

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  14. R says:

    This is really stupid.

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  15. dhoustonsmith says:

    I have the esteemed Mr. Kluber on my AL-only fantasy team and he has been one of my most reliable starters this season. Thanks to fangraphs for the tip and for hosting the Corey Kluber Society.

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  16. Ray says:

    It would be nice to award a given player that secondary statistics don’t suggest current output a shout out in the article maybe once a week. For the good or bad and name the award after Kluber. Just to spotlight a few for the good or bad. For example a Rex Brothers. Lowest K/9 in career high bb/9 and a point .3 era. And go into a little more depth.

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