Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
Featured Game: Los Angeles AL at Detroit, 13:05 ET
Regarding What’s Possible
It’s entirely possible that a reader — a brazen sort of reader, that is — it’s possible that such a reader might confront the author regarding his choice of featured game today.
On What Grounds a Reader Might Do That
In the event that a reader were to confront the author on his selection of today’s Featured Game, it’s possible he would do so on the grounds that the NERD score — i.e. the infallible watchability metric created by the author himself — that the NERD score for the Angels-Tigers contest is decidedly not the highest among today’s games.
Other Games with a Higher NERD Score Than Angels-Tigers, A Brief List
Here’s a brief list of games with a higher NERD score than today’s Angels-Tigers game:
• The Cardinals-Reds game
• The Brewers-Pirates game
Regarding the Angels-Tigers Game, Its Distinguishing Characteristic
What sets today’s Angels-Tigers game apart from others is how very mercurial and occasionally transcendent right-hander Max Scherzer (147.2 IP, 79 xFIP-, 2.9 WAR) is starting it for Detroit.
Regarding the Angels-Tigers Game, Another Distinguishing Characteristic
Another distinguishing characteristic of the Angels-Tigers game is how it allows the author to designate today as “Max Scherzer Schunday” — a quality, in itself, that is worthy of further consideration apropos NERD and the calculation of same.
Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Milwaukee at Pittsburgh | 13:35 ET
Rookie right-hander Mark Rogers (28.2 IP, 85 xFIP-, 0.4 WAR) starts in front of the excellent Pittsburgh camera. Here’s Rogers’ average fastball velocity through five starts: 94.0 mph. And here’s where that aforementioned and average fastball velocity would rank among the league’s 99 qualified starts: seventh!
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Milwaukee 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 4.1.
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.
|Ervin Santana||LAA||3||8||6||4||10||DET||Max Scherzer||13:05|
|Freddy Garcia||NYA||5||7||2||2||1||CLE||Ubaldo Jimenez||13:05|
|Lucas Harrell||HOU||5||4||2||2||5||NYN||Jeremy Hefner||13:10|
|Adam Wainwright||STL||9||10||7||4||6||CIN||Homer Bailey||13:10|
|Will Smith||KC||4||8||4||6||7||BOS||Felix Doubront||13:35|
|Mark Rogers||MIL||10||7||7||4||5||PIT||Erik Bedard||13:35|
|Hend. Alvarez||TOR||4||6||4||1||6||BAL||Chris Tillman||13:35|
|Jo. Zimmermann||WAS||8||6||6||5||10||PHI||Cliff Lee||13:35|
|Kevin Millwood||SEA||3||4||2||5||3||CHA||Gavin Floyd||14:10|
|Jhoulys Chacin||COL||2||8||2||2||5||CHN||Chris Volstad||14:20|
|Cole DeVries||MIN||2||4||2||8||4||TEX||Scott Feldman||15:05|
|Mark Buehrle||MIA||4||4||2||1||1||LAN||Aaron Harang||16:10|
|Edinson Volquez||SD||5||6||3||6||3||AZ||Joe Saunders||16:10|
|Tim Hudson||ATL||4||7||5||3||7||SF||Tim Lincecum||20:00|