Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.
Night of Precisely One-Thousand Rookie Starters
The Purpose of This Post
The purpose of this post is to alert the readership to how either exactly one-thousand or at least ten rookie pitchers are starting tonight for their respective teams.
Table: Tonight’s Rookie Starters
Utilizing the invaluable custom leaderboard feature as this site, the author has produced the following, i.e. a table of this season’s stats for the nine starters who (a) have recorded fewer than 50 career innings, (b) are pitching tonight, and also (c) have recorded at least an inning prior to tonight:
|9||Allen Webster||Red Sox||3||3||12.0||59||20.3%||10.2%||42.5%||.400||265||194||122||-0.3|
Additionally, Regarding Hellweg
The one rookie starter absent from the list above, Milwaukee right-hander Johnny Hellweg, makes his major-leauge debut tonight.
Regarding Johnny Hellweg, Some Basic Information
Taken by the Angels in the 16th round of the 2008 draft out of Florida College, the right-handed Hellweg is most notable for his height (6-foot-9), his fastball (he sits at 94-97 mph), and for how the Brewers acquired him (along with Ariel Pena and Jean Segura in the trade that sent Zack Greinke to Anaheim).
Regarding Johnny Hellweg, His Place on Various Prospect Lists
Here’s where Hellweg appeared this preseason on various and notable organizational prospect lists for Milwaukee:
Regarding Hellweg, His Performance This Year
While Hellweg has been rather excellent this year in terms of actual run prevention, having recorded a 2.82 ERA over 76.2 innings in the very difficult Pacific Coast League, his defense-independent numbers suggest that he’s unlikely to reproduce those same numbers in the future. To wit: 76.2 IP, 5.87 K/9, 5.17 BB/9, 0.35 HR/9, 4.48 FIP. That said, data from both Minor League Central and StatCorner suggest that Hellweg’s ground-ball rate has sat in the high-50% area as a minor-league, indicating that the some manner of home-run prevention is probable.
Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
San Francisco at Colorado | 20:40 ET
Barry Zito (86.0 IP, 120 xFIP-, 0.9 WAR) faces Jhoulys Chacin (87.1 IP, 106 xFIP-, 2.3 WAR). Of note: recently promoted outfielder Corey Dickerson has been quite productive, having recorded three hits and a pair of walks in his first 12 major-league plate appearances.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: San Francisco Radio or 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 5.9.
Note: the following table is entirely sortable.
|Trevor Bauer*||CLE||7||7||6||1||6||CHA||Hector Santiago||17:10|
|Carlos Carrasco*||CLE||8||7||6||1||4||CHA||Jose Quintana||Gm 2|
|Johnny Hellweg*||MIL||8||5||8||7||9||PIT||Gerrit Cole*||19:05|
|David Phelps||NYA||4||4||6||9||7||BAL||T.J. McFarland*||19:05|
|Max Scherzer||DET||10||7||8||7||7||TB||Alex Colome*||19:10|
|Edinson Volquez||SD||3||8||4||0||4||MIA||Ricky Nolasco||19:10|
|Josh Johnson||TOR||7||6||7||8||7||BOS||Allen Webster*||19:10|
|Ross Detwiler||WAS||4||2||6||5||10||NYN||Matt Harvey||19:10|
|Randall Delgado*||AZ||7||3||7||7||7||ATL||Julio Teheran||19:30|
|Johnny Cueto||CIN||8||4||7||3||7||TEX||Martin Perez*||20:05|
|Jerome Williams||LAA||5||7||4||3||3||HOU||Bud Norris||20:10|
|James Shields||KC||6||5||4||2||1||MIN||P.J. Walters||20:10|
|Barry Zito||SF||2||7||5||9||5||COL||Jhoulys Chacin||20:40|
|Shelby Miller||STL||10||4||7||6||5||OAK||Bartolo Colon||22:05|
|Travis Wood||CHN||4||5||6||4||8||SEA||Hisashi Iwakuma||22:10|
|John Lannan||PHI||4||1||3||2||4||LAN||Chris Capuano||22:10|
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