Daily Notes: Oakland’s Chris Carter, Apropos of Little

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

1. Apropos of Little: Oakland’s Chris Carter
2. Notable MLB Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Apropos of Little: Oakland’s Chris Carter
What’s Probably Most Notable Today
What’s probably most notable today — so far as Official Baseballing News is concerned, I mean — is either how (a) Toronto is likely to replace Jose Bautista (en route to the DL) on their active roster with very exciting outfield prospect Anthony Gose, or how (b) brutally efficient right-hander Roy Halladay is making his return from injury tonight with the Phillies, or how (c) perpetually intriguing right-hander Trevor Bauer is scheduled to make his fourth major-league start tonight with the Diamondbacks.

What’s Most Notable to Right-Thinking People, Actually
Of greater consequence for right-thinking people today — more than the three Pressing Current Events invoked above, that is — more pressing is the player page of Oakland first baseman Chris Carter.

What the Author, Personally, Would Do to Chris Carter’s Player Page
Meditate all up on it, is what.

What Else the the Author Would Like to Do to That Page
Explore it, I guess. Explore it like an expert spelunker would explore a mysterious ancient cave.

Why He (i.e. the Author) Would Do Those Things
On account of its (the player page’s) animal magentism, is largely why.

A Third Thing the Author Would Like to Do
After he’s done meditating all up on Chris Carter’s FanGraphs player page, the author would like to — and, in fact, has plans to — to navigate via the internet to whatever videos of Chris Carter are available at MLB.com.

A Video That’s Available There
A video of Chris Carter from MLB.com that’s sponsored by Budweiser is this video:

Another Example
A video of Chris Carter that’s sponsored probably by Head and Shoulders-brand dandruff shampoo is this video:

A Third Thing
A thing that isn’t a video of Chris Carter is this, which is his slugging percentage: .962.

Other Notable Games
Toronto at New York AL | 19:05 ET
According to the internet, Blue Jays outfield prospect Anthony Gose is likely to be recalled as a replacement for Jose Bautista — who injured his left wrist on Monday — on the active roster. Gose was ranked first overall among Blue Jays prospects during the preseason by our Marc Hulet and second by Baseball America and second by Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com and fourth by Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus and, actually, eighth by John Sickels of Minor League Ball. Here’s his (i.e. Gose’s) line from Triple-A Las Vegas: 432 PA, .293/.376/.434 (.375 BABIP), 10.9% BB, 21.3% K, 29/39 SB.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Toronto Radio.

Arizona at Cincinnati | 20:10 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Diamondbacks prospect Trevor Bauer (13.1 IP, 114 xFIP-, 0.2 WAR) makes his fourth major-league start. After some trouble in each of the first two, Bauer’s third start was considerably more successful. To wit: 6.0 IP, 21 TBF, 6 K, 1 BB, 8 GB on 14 batted-balls (57.1%), 2.29 xFIP.

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 4.3.

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.


Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Garrett Richards LAA 4 5 6 5 5 DET Jacob Turner* 19:05
Jonathon Niese NYN 7 2 5 6 4 WAS Ross Detwiler 19:05
Brett Cecil TOR 2 7 6 7 9 NYA CC Sabathia 19:05
Trevor Bauer* AZ 9 6 6 4 6 CIN Johnny Cueto 19:10
Philip Humber CHA 3 5 5 5 7 BOS Jon Lester 19:10
Josh Tomlin CLE 4 5 5 4 6 TB Matt Moore 19:10
Barry Zito SF 0 3 1 8 0 ATL Jair Jurrjens 19:10
Anibal Sanchez MIA 7 3 2 1 2 CHN Travis Wood 20:05
Zach Britton* BAL 6 1 4 3 6 MIN Samuel Deduno* 20:10
Undecided SEA 5 3 1 6 0 KC Everett Teaford 20:10
Joe Kelly STL 5 9 5 8 2 MIL Randy Wolf 20:10
Erik Bedard PIT 4 5 5 9 8 COL Ch. Friedrich 20:40
Jordan Lyles HOU 4 4 2 5 3 SD Ross Ohlendorf* 20:05
Roy Oswalt TEX 7 8 6 4 4 OAK Bartolo Colon 22:05
Roy Halladay PHI 7 5 5 1 5 LAN Undecided 22:10

To learn more about Pitcher and Team NERD scores 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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8 Responses to “Daily Notes: Oakland’s Chris Carter, Apropos of Little”

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  1. Ryan says:

    I would have thought that the handsome author would have awarded one Mr. Jacob Turner a NERD higher than the most average of numbers.

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  2. chri521 says:

    Rough, 0 NERD for Barry and Jair due to boring walkfest?

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  3. Dave (UK) says:

    Everett Teaford pitched 5 innings in relief last night so the SEA v KC matchup is expected to be a classic pitching duel between the brothers Undecided

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  4. Justiin says:

    Does NERD take into account Managers? I think watching Dusty Baker trot out Stubbs and Cozart in the 1-2 spot every day makes those games either unwatchable or highly watchable, depending on whether or not you are a Reds fan.

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  5. Big Jgke says:

    Hahahahahaahaha. No NERD score has ever been better than a 5 for ‘Undecided’ starting tonight for Seattle.

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  6. Brazen Reader says:

    The average Game score is 4.2, but the average Team (4.9) and Starting Pitchers (4.7) scores are higher than that. This suggests that, on balance, today’s Teams and SPs are less nerdily interesting if they in fact play a baseball game against one another.

    I buy that when talking about the Angels; MIke Trout is just poured into that uniform and the camera should never leave him.

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  7. jake barnes says:

    Explore it like an expert spelunker would explore Scarlett Johansson;s bunghole

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