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Daily Notes: Rest-of-Season Leaderboards for Hitters, Pitchers

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

1. Rest-of-Season Leaderboards for Hitters, Pitchers
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Rest-of-Season Leaderboards for Hitters, Pitchers
Introduction
While Italian people are famously always like “che sarà” this and “sarà” that, it would appear as though the baseballing public’s relationship with the future is considerably more fraught. With a view towards easing whatever such anxieties might exist among this site’s readership, the author has prepared the following — namely, hitting and pitching leaderboards for the rest of the season, created from the projections freely available at the site.

For each hitter below is included his projected rest-of-season plate appearances, wOBA, and WAR; for each pitcher, projected rest-of-season innings, ERA, and WAR. Column headings preceded by an s denote Steamer projections; z, ZiPS projections; and c, a combination of the two.

A full list of both hitter and pitcher rest-of-season projections is available as a web page here.

Rest-of-Season Leaderboard: Hitters
Here are the top-10 batters by combined rest-of-season WAR from the Steamer and ZiPS projections systems:

Player sPA swOBA sWAR zPA zwOBA zWAR cPA cwOBA cWAR
Mike Trout 240 .388 2.7 236 .388 2.7 238 .388 2.7
Miguel Cabrera 233 .424 2.6 227 .425 2.5 230 .425 2.6
Buster Posey 224 .384 2.6 198 .375 2.1 211 .380 2.4
Evan Longoria 196 .370 2.0 191 .361 1.9 194 .366 2.0
Andrew McCutchen 213 .378 2.0 220 .369 1.9 217 .374 2.0
Robinson Cano 227 .366 1.8 226 .373 1.9 227 .370 1.9
David Wright 205 .368 1.8 217 .364 1.8 211 .366 1.8
Joey Votto 197 .401 1.7 201 .408 1.8 199 .405 1.8
Troy Tulowitzki 178 .394 1.7 145 .395 1.6 162 .395 1.7
Jose Bautista 208 .386 1.7 182 .388 1.6 195 .387 1.7

Rest-of-Season Leaderboard: Pitchers
Here are the top-10 pitchers by combined rest-of-season WAR from the Steamer and ZiPS projections systems:

Player sIP sERA sWAR zIP zERA zWAR cIP cERA cWAR
Felix Hernandez 63.0 3.19 1.5 76.0 2.97 1.9 69.5 3.08 1.7
Yu Darvish 62.0 3.09 1.7 62.0 3.43 1.5 62.0 3.26 1.6
Justin Verlander 65.0 3.56 1.2 75.0 3.29 1.8 70.0 3.43 1.5
Clayton Kershaw 67.0 3.11 1.2 76.0 2.51 1.7 71.5 2.81 1.5
Chris Sale 65.0 3.34 1.5 64.0 3.27 1.4 64.5 3.31 1.5
Adam Wainwright 64.0 3.18 1.3 66.0 3.13 1.4 65.0 3.16 1.4
Max Scherzer 59.0 3.18 1.3 65.0 3.77 1.4 62.0 3.48 1.4
Cliff Lee 63.0 3.26 1.2 66.0 3.25 1.4 64.5 3.26 1.3
CC Sabathia 61.0 3.64 1.2 70.0 3.99 1.2 65.5 3.82 1.2
David Price 63.0 3.45 1.2 62.0 3.23 1.1 62.5 3.34 1.2

Notes
• A rest-of-season ZiPS projection appears to be absent from Dodger wunderkind Yasiel Puig‘s player page. His Steamer rest-of-season WAR projection (1.4) places him about 20th among hitters.

• Recent Colorado debutant, right-hander Chad Bettis, would appear to be the best pitcher for whom there’s not both a Steamer and ZiPS projection. Steamer projects him to record a 4.07 FIP and 0.3 WAR in 24.0 innings.

• Texas outfielder Craig Gentry has the highest WAR projection per 600 plate appearances of any player who lacks a starting role.

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Washington at Milwaukee | 14:10 ET
Taylor Jordan (35.1 IP, 95 xFIP-, 0.6 WAR) faces Kyle Lohse (134.1 IP, 104 xFIP-, 1.1 WAR). The former has been quite effective, actually, after a difficult late-June debut — largely on the strength of a 3.4% walk and 57.6% ground-ball rate.

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 4.9.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.

Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Andre Rienzo* CHA 6 1 6 8 8 DET Rick Porcello 13:08
Scott Kazmir CLE 6 7 5 1 5 MIA Nathan Eovaldi 13:10
Ervin Santana KC 7 6 6 7 4 NYN Zack Wheeler 13:10
Lance Lynn STL 6 3 5 3 5 CIN Mike Leake 13:10
Bran. McCarthy AZ 6 2 5 8 4 BOS Felix Doubront 13:35
Juan Nicasio COL 4 8 6 7 8 PIT A.J. Burnett 13:35
Joe Saunders SEA 3 5 4 8 3 BAL Wei-Yin Chen 13:35
G. Moscoso* SF 2 5 5 10 6 TB R. Hernandez 13:40
Brad Peacock HOU 0 4 1 2 1 MIN Mike Pelfrey 14:10
Taylor Jordan WAS 7 2 5 5 5 MIL Kyle Lohse 14:10
Zack Greinke LAN 5 3 4 5 3 CHN C. Villanueva 14:20
Mark Buehrle TOR 4 7 5 7 4 LAA C.J. Wilson 15:35
Derek Holland TEX 8 3 6 6 5 OAK A.J. Griffin 16:05
Phil Hughes NYA 5 2 4 6 4 SD Ian Kennedy 16:10
Alex Wood* ATL 8 7 7 1 9 PHI Cliff Lee 20:05

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.