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