Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
Not for Nothing, Daniel Straily
Regarding the Author, What He Did This Weekend
This weekend, the author went out to dinner twice to a pair of entirely satisfactory area restaurants, escorted his wife on a totally innocent and pleasant walk around the neighborhood, and watched (and enjoyed) Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World for the first time.
Regarding the Author, What He Mostly Did This Weekend
What the author mostly did this weekend, however — probably way more than that other stuff — is think about Oakland minor-league right-hander and 23-year-old Daniel Straily.
Regarding Straily, His Line at Double-A This Year
Here’s Straily’s line at Double-A Midland this year: 85.1 IP, 11.39 K/9, 2.43 BB/9, 0.63 HR/9, 2.57 FIP.
Regarding Straily, His Line at Triple-A This Year
Here’s Straily’s line — following a promotion — his line at Triple-A Sacramento this year: 41.0 IP, 11.85 K/9, 2.85 BB/9, 0.44 HR/9, 2.15 FIP.
Regarding Straily, His Prospect Ranking This Past Preseason
Research reveals that Straily was ranked usually around infinity on most preseason prospect lists.
Regarding Straily, His Prospect Ranking Now, Probably
Straily’s ranking on most prospect lists is probably around one or less than one, now.
Straily’s Fastball, Video of It
Here’s video of Straily’s fastball, which sits at around 91-94 mph, according to the internet:
Straily’s Slider, Video of It
Here’s other video, this time of Straily’s slider:
Straily’s Changeup, Video of It
Here’s a third video — in this case, of Straily’s filthy, filthy changeup:
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Other Notable Games
Los Angeles NL at St. Louis | 20:15 ET
Of note: the Cardinals are second among all major-league teams by wRC+ (112); first overall by batting-cum-fielding WAR; and have the third-highest WAR winning percentage in the majors. That they remain 5.0 games out in the NL Central suggests that sometimes baseball is the sort of thing about which one might have problems formulating predictions.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: St. Louis Radio.
Colorado at Arizona | 21:40 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
As of Sunday, these two clubs are among the top five (along with Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Boston) in terms of differential between WAR wins and actual wins. For example, Colorado’s actual record (as of Sunday): 36-57. And their WAR record: 40.9-52.1. And Arizona’s actual record on Sunday: 46-48. But their WAR record, though: 51.4-42.6.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Arizona 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 4.2.
Note: the following Game Scores include the poorly conceived playoff-odds adjustment discussed in a recent edition of Daily Notes. Also note: the following table is entirely sortable.
|Tommy Hunter||BAL||4||1||3||4||4||CLE||Justin Masterson||19:05|
|Jeff Samardzija||CHN||10||0||4||5||4||PIT||Erik Bedard||19:05|
|Randy Wolf||MIL||3||6||4||5||8||PHI||Roy Halladay||19:05|
|Mike Minor||ATL||3||8||5||3||7||MIA||Josh Johnson||19:10|
|Jor. Zimmermann||WAS||8||7||3||3||0||NYN||Chris Young||19:10|
|Felix Doubront||BOS||7||5||6||8||4||TEX||Scott Feldman||20:05|
|Mat Latos||CIN||8||4||4||4||5||HOU||Wandy Rodriguez||20:05|
|Francisco Liriano||MIN||7||3||5||4||5||CHA||Gavin Floyd||20:10|
|Chad Billingsley||LAN||7||1||7||9||5||STL||Joe Kelly||20:15|
|Jonathan Sanchez||COL||0||9||3||7||6||AZ||Ian Kennedy||21:40|
|Bruce Chen||KC||4||6||4||5||4||LAA||C.J. Wilson||22:05|
|Hiroki Kuroda||NYA||5||6||3||4||3||SEA||Kevin Millwood||22:10|
|Clayton Richard||SD||4||6||3||4||3||SF||Ryan Vogelsong||22:15|