Daily Notes: Much-Awaited Return of the Corey Kluber Society

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

1. Much-Awaited Return of the Corey Kluber Society
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Much-Awaited Return of the Corey Kluber Society
The Purpose of This Post
The purpose of this post is to announce a meeting — in this case, at 6:05pm 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 very effective and frequently transcendent Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber.

How to Attend a Meeting
To attend a meeting of the Society, one needs merely — ahead of any of Kluber’s starts — one needs merely to festoon one’s life with bunting, metaphorically.

Regarding Corey Kluber’s Absence of Late, A Misconception
A misconception has arisen among the people, it appears, that Corey Kluber’s absence for almost the entirety of August was due to some manner of finger injury. This wasn’t the case, at all, of course. In point of fact, Kluber, like anyone else with sophisticated and European tastes, was taking his holiday for the month at seaside resort on the Mediterranean coast. To state that, like those same sophisticated Europeans, he has referred — in multiple interviews and private conversations — has referred to his start today as a “Rentrée of sorts” would be to state the obvious.

Regarding Corey Kluber, One Other Misconception
That his name comes from the Nahuatl language and means “feathered serpent.”

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Washington at Miami | 19:10 ET
Tanner Roark (22.2 IP, 82 xFIP-, 0.5 WAR) faces Nathan Eovaldi (84.2 IP, 111 xFIP-, 1.3 WAR). This game marks the former’s first start in the major leagues.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Washington 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.

Note that these NERD scores are calculated using the methodology introduced recently and designed to account for the influence of playoff odds on the watchability of games. ***Unlike in recent iterations of this table, the author has adjusted the day’s NERD Game Scores such that, combined, they average 5.0.*** This allows said table to resemble more closely the Game Scores that have appeared here over the preceding four months.

Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
John Lackey BOS 7 0 4 2 3 NYA David Huff* 13:05
Hector Santiago CHA 3 0 3 2 3 BAL Wei-Yin Chen 13:05
Zack Greinke LAN 6 0 5 2 8 CIN Mat Latos 13:05
Brett Oberholtzer HOU 4 0 6 6 4 OAK Dan Straily 16:05
John Hellweg* MIL 3 0 1 0 1 CHN Jake Arrieta 16:05
Jon Niese NYN 5 0 8 7 10 CLE Corey Kluber 18:05
Alex Wood ATL 9 0 3 0 3 PHI Kyle Kendrick 19:05
Justin Verlander DET 6 0 4 0 8 KC Danny Duffy* 19:10
J.A. Happ TOR 0 0 0 0 2 MIN Kevin Correia 19:10
Tanner Roark* WAS 8 0 4 0 8 MIA Nathan Eovaldi 19:10
Jeff Locke PIT 3 9 10 6 9 STL Adam Wainwright 19:15
Tyler Chatwood COL 6 0 3 0 7 SD Tyson Ross 20:40
Brandon McCarthy AZ 5 0 4 0 10 SF Matt Cain 21:05
Derek Holland TEX 7 6 8 0 7 LAA Garrett Richards 21:05
Chris Archer TB 6 8 9 0 9 SEA James Paxton* 21:10

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. hamjenkinsIII says:

    Is there gonna be punch and pie at this meeting, or does the existence of our ‘Feathered Spirit’ make said snackage useless?

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  2. Rob says:

    My understanding is that the time away has emboldened Kluber and he is already asking to take time off next May in order to attend the Cannes Film Festival.

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  3. triple_r says:

    Why does NERD hate the away teams so much?

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  4. kdm628496 says:

    can the Dear Author make some mention of the immense impact that billy hamilton is having on games?

    as of this writing, billy hamilton owns positive 0.31 WPA in 4 games, or .075 per game, which trails only josmil pinto (.35 in 4 games) among offensive players with a minimum 0 PAs.

    the reason i chose a minimum of 0 PAs is, of course, because that is exactly how many billy hamilton has. by virtue of have 0 PAs, billy hamilton’s WPA/PA is infinite.

    to put this in perspective, that means for every one plate in which billy hamilton appears, he adds infinity win probability.


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  5. X says:

    NERD is a big jerky! He hate me!

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  6. Danny Salazar says:

    I woke up feeling strangely empty today.

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