Daily Notes: Regarding Yu Darvish’s Start Tonight, Mostly

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

1. Featured Game: Chicago AL at Texas, 20:05 ET
2. Other Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Featured Game: Chicago AL at Texas, 20:05 ET
Regarding This Game, What Makes It Notable
In terms of what makes this game notable, that’s largely due to how Texas right-hander Yu Darvish is starting it for Texas.

Regarding This Game, What’d Make It Even More Notable
What’d make this game even more notable is if Texas right-hander Yu Darvish were somehow starting it for Chicago, instead.

Regarding Yu Darvish, What Makes Him Notable
When you talk about a pitcher, you’re talking about someone whose objective is to prevent runs. And when you talk about a pitcher’s ability to prevent runs, you’re generally talking about his ability to record strikeouts and induce ground balls while also limiting walks. Darvish has done those things to such a degree (39.8% K, 8.1% BB, 59.0% GB) as we would expect him to concede fewer than two earned runs for every nine innings.

Regarding Yu Darvish, One of His Skills
One of Yu Darvish’s main skills is his ability to throw five pitches simultaneously, as this entirely unaltered animated GIF file demonstrates:


A Poor Joke One Might Make with Regard to That Animated GIF
If someone were to make a poor and suggestive joke with regard to that GIF, it would resemble something like this: “That’s not the only thing Yu Darvish can do five times at once.”

Regarding That Joke, One’s Immediate Response
Here’s the response one is likely to have immediately after making such a joke:


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

Other Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
Pittsburgh at Milwaukee | 20:10 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
As of Monday, the Pittsburgh Pirates had won 15 games, while their collective WAR total as a club would suggest 12.3 wins — the largest such difference among the league’s 30 teams. As of Tuesday morning, following their 10-4 loss to Milwaukee, Pittsburgh’s WAR win total actually declined to 11.8 — which is to say, their performance in that game was somehow worth negative wins.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Milwaukee Radio.

Tampa Bay at Kansas City | 20:10 ET
Here’s a fact that may or may not appeal to the reader: by weighted batter age, the Royals have been the youngest team (26.9) in the major leagues this season. Now here’s a second, related fact: as of Monday, the Royals had given a total of just 29 plate appearances to batters in their age-30 season or higher this year. The remaining 799 belonged to players in their age-29 season or lower.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Tampa Bay 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 5.1.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.

Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Philip Humber HOU 3 7 5 6 5 NYA Hiroki Kuroda 19:05
Roy Halladay PHI 5 2 5 9 5 CLE Zach McAllister 19:05
Jon Lester BOS 6 9 5 4 2 TOR Brandon Morrow 19:07
Vance Worley MIN 4 3 6 5 8 DET Justin Verlander 19:08
Jeremy Hefner NYN 0 9 3 0 4 MIA Kevin Slowey 19:10
Gio Gonzalez WAS 6 4 6 9 5 ATL Tim Hudson 19:10
Jose Quintana CHA 6 2 7 4 10 TEX Yu Darvish 20:05
Edinson Volquez SD 3 3 4 3 6 CHN Edwin Jackson 20:05
James McDonald PIT 0 7 3 4 5 MIL Marco Estrada 20:10
Alex Cobb TB 6 8 7 7 7 KC James Shields 20:10
Bronson Arroyo CIN 4 6 5 2 6 STL Jaime Garcia 20:15
Mad. Bumgarner SF 9 6 6 4 4 AZ Trevor Cahill 21:40
Garrett Richards LAA 10 3 6 7 2 OAK Jarrod Parker 22:05
Jason Hammel BAL 0 7 3 4 5 SEA Brandon Maurer 22:10
Jorge de la Rosa COL 4 7 5 2 7 LAN Hyun-Jin Ryu 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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Houston is a 7 NERD as a team. That seems high. Maybe for someone who is really into prospects/ no-name young players, that’s fine. But I feel like the majority of fans, even intelligent fangraphs ones, find a horrible team full of meh players losing every night kind of boring. At least with the Jays, you get to watch high-price, big-name guys lose heartbreakingly over and over again!


It does seem odd, doesn’t it? But looking at the Team NERD formula reveals that the Astros score highly in the categories about relative cheapness and youthfulness. Plus their biggest detractor, their bullpen score, is weighted less than most other categories. These factors come together to produce a somehow-above-average NERD score.

Izzy Hechkoff
Izzy Hechkoff

And the Mets are a 9 NERD.

Brazen Reader

Small sample size warning is in effect.


It’s OK, the Marlins are a 0.