Daily Notes: Public Service Announcement re: Rick Porcello

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

1. Public Service Announcement Regarding Rick Porcello
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Public Service Announcement Regarding Rick Porcello
The Purpose of This PSA, Generally
The purpose of this public service announcement, like most public service announcements, is to raise awareness about an important issue in today’s society.

The Purpose of This PSA, Specifically
Specifically, the pressing issue about which awareness ought to be raised is how Detroit right-hander Rick Porcello is starting today for Detroit (against Cleveland) at ca. 4pm ET.

What the Public Ought to Know
What a prospective viewer ought to know is that, after distinguishing himself as one of May’s absolutely best starters, Porcello was also excellent in his first start of June, posting a 7:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 1.95 single-game xFIP against Baltimore (box).

The Significance of Porcello’s Achievement
What makes Porcello’s last month-plus significant is that, for about the four seasons and one month preceding it, he was almost entirely uniform in his production, always posting a strikeout rate of 12-14%, a walk rate of 5.5-7.5% and a ground-ball rate of 50-54%.

The Significance of Porcello’s Achievement, cont.
In (sometimes more, sometimes less start) contrast to those figures just quoted, here are Porcello’s strikeout, walk, and ground-ball rates over the last 30 days: 26.0%, 4.9%, 55.4%.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast
Per the results of our crowdsourcing project from the 2011-2012 offseason, FanGraphs readers prefer Cleveland Radio (link).

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Miami at New York NL | 13:10 ET
Jose Fernandez (59.1 IP, 90 xFIP-, 0.8 WAR) faces Matt Harvey (83.0 IP, 75 xFIP-, 2.7 WAR). Also notable besides those pitchers: how Miami has given some playing time of late to more interesting options than one might have realized.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: New York NL 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 5.6.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.

Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Tommy Hanson LAA 0 6 4 9 6 BOS Felix Doubront 13:05
Yu Darvish TEX 10 4 7 6 4 TOR Mark Buehrle 13:07
Jose Fernandez MIA 10 0 8 6 10 NYN Matt Harvey 13:10
Kevin Correia MIN 1 3 3 2 6 WAS Gio Gonzalez 16:05
A.J. Burnett PIT 7 5 8 5 10 CHN Jeff Samardzija 16:05
Justin Masterson CLE 7 8 8 7 9 DET Rick Porcello 16:08
Kevin Gausman* BAL 8 9 7 6 5 TB Jeremy Hellickson 16:10
Andy Pettitte NYA 5 5 4 6 2 SEA Joe Saunders 16:10
Tommy Milone OAK 5 6 5 0 6 CHA John Danks* 16:10
C.J. Wilson LAA 4 6 6 9 7 BOS Clay Buchholz 19:15
Erik Bedard HOU 0 4 4 5 7 KC Ervin Santana 19:15
Kyle Kendrick PHI 3 3 4 4 4 MIL Tom Gorzelanny* 19:15
Eric Stults SD 4 7 5 9 5 COL Jeff Francis 19:15
Tyler Lyons STL 7 3 6 5 7 CIN Mat Latos 19:15
Kris Medlen ATL 4 9 6 2 7 LAN Stephen Fife* 22:10
Madis. Bumgarner SF 7 4 5 3 4 AZ Trevor Cahill 22:10

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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Gordon Shumway
Gordon Shumway
3 years 3 months ago

Wasn’t Justin Masterson pushed back to Sunday and Carlos Corrasco called up to start for Cleveland today?

3 years 3 months ago

Yes, Corrasco is on the mound today.

money talks
money talks
3 years 3 months ago

I move for a Gorzelanny/Thornburg slash. Since both are just going to do about 50 pitches today, and that should do something to the NERD (raise, lower, recognize futility, etc.)

Ruki Motomiya
Ruki Motomiya
3 years 3 months ago

With all the innings played in the free game, looks like people practically got two free games…

3 years 3 months ago

CLE radio is good, but how doesn’t this community not rate Tigers radio duo higher? Dan Dickerson is one of the best in his delivery, enthusiasm, & the best at frequently bringing attention to advanced stats, both offensive & defensive metrics.

3 years 3 months ago

For leagues where Porcello’s already taken, you can consider Corey Kluber on CLE! Profiles pretty similarly.