Daily Notes, Sans Cistulli 2: Electric Boogaloo

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

1. Leaderboards of Yesterday
2. An Very Watchable International League Matchup
3. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
4. Today’s Complete Schedule, Featuring Entirely Discretionary Watchability Scores

 
Leaderboards of Yesterday

If you’re like me, you’re nostalgic for yesterday. If you’re exactly like me, you were hot-tubbing with several friends yesterday in a reasonably priced rental home in Salt Lake City, enjoying perfect weather, having just attended the most beautiful, perfectly-planned wedding you’ve ever attended, a wedding for two dear and generously talented people. Which means, of course, that you have little idea what went on in the world of Major League Baseball. In which case you’ll want to catch up quickly by viewing the following leaderboards of yesterday:

Leaderboards of Yesterday’s Batters:

Name Team PA H HR R RBI SB BB% K% BABIP OBP SLG wOBA wRC+
Ryan Howard Phillies 4 3 2 2 4   0.00% 0.00% 0.5 0.75 2.25 1.262 759
Jay Bruce Reds 4 2 2 2 3   25.00% 25.00%   0.75 2.667 1.213 723
Evan Longoria Rays 4 2 1 2 1   25.00% 25.00% 1 0.75 2 1.115 650
Chris Parmelee Twins 5 3 2 2 2   0.00% 0.00% 0.333 0.6 2 1.085 626
William Myers Rays 4 3 1 1 4   0.00% 0.00% 0.667 0.75 1.5 0.962 545
Victor Martinez Tigers 5 2 1 3 5   40.00% 0.00% 0.5 0.8 2 0.944 527
Ed Lucas Marlins 5 3 1 1 1   20.00% 20.00% 1 0.8 1.5 0.907 512
Jason Kipnis Indians 5 3   1 2 1 20.00% 0.00% 0.75 0.8 1.5 0.887 493
Pedro Alvarez Pirates 4 2 1 1 1   0.00% 0.00% 0.333 0.5 1.5 0.836 465
Franklin Gutierrez Mariners 4 2 1 1 1   0.00% 25.00% 0.5 0.5 1.5 0.836 461
Jeff Keppinger White Sox 4 3     1   25.00% 0.00% 1 1 1 0.834 449
DJ LeMahieu Rockies 5 3 1 1 2   0.00% 0.00% 0.5 0.6 1.2 0.77 403
Eric Sogard Athletics 4 3   2     0.00% 0.00% 0.75 0.75 1 0.757 403
Gaby Sanchez Pirates 4 2 1 2 1   0.00% 0.00% 0.333 0.5 1.25 0.741 399
Michael Young Phillies 4 2 1 2 1   0.00% 0.00% 0.333 0.5 1.25 0.741 396
Jed Lowrie Athletics 5 3   1 3   20.00% 0.00% 0.75 0.8 1.333 0.743 393
Gerardo Parra Diamondbacks 4 2 1 1 2   0.00% 0.00% 0.333 0.5 1.25 0.741 391
David Ortiz Red Sox 4 2 1 1 1   0.00% 25.00% 0.5 0.5 1.25 0.741 385
Nelson Cruz Rangers 4 2 1 1 2   0.00% 25.00% 0.5 0.5 1.25 0.741 383
Robinson Cano Yankees 5 1   3   1 80.00% 0.00% 1 1 1 0.726 377
Jose Altuve Astros 4 2   1   1 25.00% 0.00% 0.667 0.75 1 0.708 368
Nate Schierholtz Cubs 4 1 1 1 1   25.00% 0.00%   0.5 1.333 0.692 359

Leaderboards of Yesterday’s Pitchers:

Name Team GS IP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 BABIP LOB% GB% HR/FB FIP xFIP WAR
Zack Greinke Dodgers 1 8.0 9.0 1.1 0.0 0.211 80.0% 57.9% 0.0% 1.42 2.13 0.4
Wade Davis Royals 1 7.0 7.7 2.6 0.0 0.364 80.0% 36.4% 0.0% 2.19 4.00 0.3
Jhoulys Chacin Rockies 1 7.0 3.9 1.3 0.0 0.238 100.0% 33.3% 0.0% 2.62 4.23 0.2
Martin Perez Rangers 1 7.0 3.9 1.3 0.0 0.227 66.7% 40.9% 0.0% 2.62 4.03 0.2
Donovan Hand Brewers 1 4.2 5.8 1.9 0.0 0.167 100.0% 41.7% 0.0% 2.40 4.52 0.2
Chien-Ming Wang Blue Jays 1 6.1 2.8 0.0 0.0 0.200 75.0% 70.0% 0.0% 2.41 3.30 0.2
Jose Quintana White Sox 1 5.1 6.8 1.7 0.0 0.294 66.7% 41.2% 0.0% 2.11 4.23 0.2
Jacob Turner Marlins 1 7.0 2.6 1.3 0.0 0.261 85.7% 38.1% 0.0% 2.90 4.92 0.2
Francisco Liriano Pirates 1 6.2 8.1 4.1 0.0 0.350 90.0% 44.4% 0.0% 2.59 3.02 0.2
Alex Torres Rays 1.2 16.2 0.0 0.0 0.000 100.0% 50.0% 0.0% -0.56 0.29 0.2
Jonathan Pettibone Phillies 1 6.0 1.5 1.5 0.0 0.238 83.3% 52.6% 0.0% 3.21 4.39 0.2
Max Scherzer Tigers 1 7.0 7.7 0.0 1.3 0.278 87.0% 52.6% 12.5% 3.19 2.94 0.2
Sandy Rosario Giants 1.2 16.2 5.4 0.0 0.333 100.0% 33.3% 0.0% 1.24 1.24 0.1
Addison Reed White Sox 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.000 100.0% 0.0% 0.0% 3.04 7.28 0.1
Sergio Romo Giants 1.2 16.2 0.0 0.0 0.333 100.0% 33.3% 0.0% -0.56 0.29 0.1
Aaron Harang Mariners 1 5.0 5.4 3.6 0.0 0.353 62.5% 29.4% 0.0% 3.04 5.30 0.1
Miguel Gonzalez Orioles 1 7.1 6.1 3.7 1.2 0.111 65.2% 26.3% 9.1% 4.68 5.03 0.1
Yoervis Medina Mariners 2.1 7.7 0.0 0.0 0.429 100.0% 57.1% 0.0% 1.33 1.94 0.1
Chad Qualls Marlins 1.2 10.8 0.0 0.0 0.000 100.0% 66.7% 0.0% 0.64 1.49 0.1
Matt Lindstrom White Sox 1.2 5.4 0.0 0.0 0.250 100.0% 100.0% 0.0% 1.84 1.84 0.1
Greg Holland Royals 1.0 9.0 0.0 0.0 0.000 100.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.04 2.46 0.1
Joe Nathan Rangers 1.0 9.0 0.0 0.0 0.000 100.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.04 3.87 0.1
Jose Veras Astros 1.0 9.0 0.0 0.0 0.000 100.0% 50.0% 0.0% 1.04 2.46 0.1
Danny Farquhar Mariners 1.0 27.0 0.0 0.0 1.000 100.0% 0.0% 0.0% -2.96 -2.96 0.1
Anthony Swarzak Twins 3.1 5.4 2.7 0.0 0.417 100.0% 45.5% 0.0% 2.74 4.44 0.1
Casey Janssen Blue Jays 1.0 18.0 0.0 0.0 0.000 100.0% 0.0% 0.0% -0.96 0.46 0.1
David Robertson Yankees 1.0 18.0 0.0 0.0 0.000 100.0% 0.0% 0.0% -0.96 0.46 0.1
Antonio Bastardo Phillies 1.0 18.0 0.0 0.0 0.500 100.0% 50.0% 0.0% -0.96 0.46 0.1
Kevin Gregg Cubs 1.0 9.0 0.0 0.0 0.333 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.04 1.04 0.1
Jesse Chavez Athletics 2.1 3.9 0.0 0.0 0.143 100.0% 71.4% 0.0% 2.19 3.40 0.1
Alex Wood Braves 1.0 27.0 0.0 0.0 1.000 100.0% 0.0% 0.0% -2.96 -2.96 0.1
Mike Dunn Marlins 1.0 9.0 0.0 0.0 0.500 50.0% 33.3% 0.0% 1.04 3.87 0.1
Tim Collins Royals 1.0 9.0 0.0 0.0 0.000 100.0% 50.0% 0.0% 1.04 2.46 0.1

 
An Very Watchable International League Matchup

Today in Columbus, Ohio, the hometown Clippers will host the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. One thing that makes this game watchable is the fact that “IronPigs” is presented as one word, and the fact that IronPig is a concept at all. In Lehigh Valley, historically, one (a pig) would root around in the earth until one uncovered iron, which one could sell for gold or trade for foodslop. One also likely ended up with some type of respiratory condition. While watching this game between the Clippers and the IronPigs, a viewer might amuse him/herself during “down time” by imagining a community of pigs uncovering iron and also building an whole PigEconomy based around iron.

Another thing that might make this game watchable is that it features a two volatile starting pitchers with MLB experience. Carlos Zambrano starts for the IronPigs. In 28.1 minor league innings (five games) Zambrano has posted a 0.95 ERA, a 3.31 FIP, and a 4.17 SIERA while striking out 20.4% of hitters and walking 10.6% of them. He’s also posted a serviceable 44.9% groundball rate.

The Clippers will start still-prospect Trevor Bauer. While Bauer has been underwhelming in the Majors this year (6.18 SIERA in three starts for the Indians), he’s been much better at AAA (3.89 SIERA in 11 starts). Control has been Bauer’s bane this season, even in the minors, as he’s walked 12.2% of batters he’s faced. If you have an MiLB.TV package, tune in for plenty of walks, awful raps, potential tantrums, and PigFantasies.

 
Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Minnesota at Cleveland | 13:05 ET

A nearly unwatchable game that pits Mike Pelfrey against Carlos Carrasco.

One thing that can be said of Pelfrey: in his last two starts he’s been inducing an almost elite number of groundball outs, something that is sure to excite at least half of one reader/viewer. At a glance, one might think that this is due to Pelfrey’s increased usage of his breaking pitchers — particularly his sinker — and a decreased use of his fourseam fastball. Indeed, in his last two starts, Pelfrey has generated a 68.42 GB% on balls in play using his sinker (which comprised 51.7% of all pitches thrown in those two starts), and a 60% groundball rate on BIP with his curve (10.3% of pitchers thrown in those starts).

One things that can be said of Carlos Carrasco: his 55.6 LOB% would easily be last among qualified Starting Pitchers this year, and currently sixth worst among SP with at least 15 IP (the exact number of innings that Carrasco has pitched this in the Majors this season). His BABIP has been off the charts in his three Major League starts, two, hovering around .350.

Viewers might watch this game perhaps with the small hope that Carrasco will regress up to the mean in these categories. Or they might watch this game because they are addicted to baseball and don’t have a full MLB.tv package. They might also watch this game because they are masochists.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Cleveland Radio.

 
Today’s Complete Schedule, Featuring Entirely Discretionary Watchability Scores

Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with Watchability Scores that exhibit an entirely discretionary (i.e. at the sole discretion of the not-so-handsome author) and decidedly “all-or-nothing” approach. This means that I, the author, assigned only 10’s or 0’s for both Team and Pitcher watchability, based on my own proclivities. (Using the first-person pronoun in writing is also something I do at my own discretion, though it is spurned and even guffawed at by my editor, Carson Cistulli, for whom I am filling in.) The Game Watchability Scores are the sum of all Team and Pitcher scores. Note: the following table is entirely sortable.

Away SP 0 SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP 0 Home Time
Mike Pelfrey MIN 0 0 10 10 0 CLE Carlos Carrasco 13:05
Freddy Garcia BAL 0 10 20 10 0 TOR Josh Johnson 13:07
Felix Doubront BOS 0 0 20 10 10 DET Justin Verlander 13:08
Jorge de la Rosa COL 0 10 10 0 0 WAS Ross Detwiler 13:35
Matt Harvey NYM 10 0 10 0 0 PHI John Lannan 13:35
Chris Archer TBR 0 0 0 0 0 NYY Ivan Nova 14:05
Paul Maholm ATL 0 0 0 0 0 MIL Alfredo Figaro 14:10
Dylan Axelrod CHW 0 0 10 0 10 KCR James Shields 14:10
Jordan Lyles HOU 10 0 20 0 10 CHC Jeff Samardzija 14:20
Charlie Morton PIT 0 10 10 0 0 LAA Joe Blanton 15:35
Nathan Eovaldi MIA 0 0 0 0 0 SFG Matt Cain 16:05
Mat Latos CIN 0 10 20 0 10 ARZ Randall Delgado 16:10
Chris Capuano LAD 0 10 30 10 10 SDP Andrew Cashner 16:10
Jarrod Parker OAK 0 10 20 0 10 SEA Jeremy Bonderman 16:10
Nick Tepesch TEX 0 0 20 10 10 STL Adam Wainwright 20:05



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65Kyle08
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65Kyle08
3 years 1 month ago

Gay

Well-Beered Englishmuppet
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Well-Beered Englishmuppet
3 years 1 month ago

If you were gay
That’d be okay
I mean cuz, hey,
I like you anyway

Because you see,
If it were me,
I would feel free
To say that I was gay
(But I’m not gay.)

If you were queer,
I’d still be here
Because you’re dear
To me,

And I know that you
Would accept me too,
If I told you today,
“Hey, guess what, I’m gay!”
(But I’m not gay.)

Steve
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Steve
3 years 1 month ago

Hey guys! I’m here for the Corey Kluber Society meeting. I’m not running late, am I?

Benzedrine
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Benzedrine
3 years 1 month ago

The watch for Carlos Carrasco is to see whether he gets ejected for hitting a batter.

Baltar
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Baltar
3 years 1 month ago

I love your tables! Any chance we can get you to do the Daily Notes permanently?

Stringer Bell
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Stringer Bell
3 years 1 month ago

How dare you do that to Carson

Carson Cistulli
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Member
3 years 1 month ago

Pistols at dawn, Baltar.

Mike D
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Mike D
3 years 1 month ago

Pretty binary NERD numbers for today’s games, eh?

isavage30
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isavage30
3 years 1 month ago

Since Carrasco’s return from Tommy John, he’s throwing 97-98 mph with his fastball, averaging 95, and he still has an aesthetically pleasing curveball and a hard slider. Indians fans in the know rate a Carrasco start even higher than a Kluber start in terms of must-watchability. With the added bonus that he might throw a pitch at a batter’s head and get ejected, and then you can argue about whether it was intentional and whether he deserved said ejection.

Kevin
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Kevin
3 years 1 month ago

Better than Kluber?!? You bite your tongue good sir.

isavage30
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isavage30
3 years 1 month ago

To be clear, no one is better than Kluber, that would be impossible. To watch Kluber, is to watch a pitcher who’s achieved perfection, and perfection can get boring. Carrasco, is like watching a younger Kluber, who has not yet harnessed his massive talents. You might get a 3-1 hanging to unhittable breaking ball ratio, but those unhittable ones are pretty. And the hanging ones might get hit a long way, which can also be fun.

Kevin
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Kevin
3 years 1 month ago

I like this comment and have nothing witty to say in retort :) well done

KillahYeast
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KillahYeast
3 years 1 month ago

Carson: OK, so I’m going to a Bingo convention in Carson City and need some people to cover those damnedable Daily Notes while I’m gone.
Eno: What is a Bingo convention? Do you play Bingo? Do you watch Bingo? Do you talk about Bingo?
Carson: Mostly play, sometimes you watch the all stars.
Eno: There are all stars of bi…
Appelman (from ominous intercom): Enough. There will be others doing the daily notes. Who shall it be?
David Cameron: Should we pick straws?
Eno: Nah, we could actually pick some good people to do it.
Carson: Was that compared to doing it randomly or was that a dig at me…
David Cameron: Well, I’m not doing it…I put my soul into that Trout piece. For next week, I’m doing the best season for a 39 year old about Bartolo Colon and that is going to require some wizardry.
Eno: What the heck is going on, from Bingo to wizardry….
Appelman: Then another shall enter the ring.
Eno: How bout that Robert J. Baumann cat, he’s done it a couple times before.
Carson: Bingo.
Appelman: And Another.
David Temple: I’ve been looking for an outlet where I will simultaneously be judged for being too similar and too different from Carson, can I try my hand at it?
Carson: Bingo!
Corey Kluber: Thanks all for making me a stud and doubling the content on my wikipedia page with self-referential information. I’ve really liked taking the minutes at these fangraphs staff meetings. But as a non-spect, it would be kinda cool if the pressure wasn’t so high. I just feel like my next start might be shaky with all this pressure.
Eno: Fair enough, I guess I move that we let C.K. do his thing and just enjoy the show.
Appelman: There are no motions, I run it all.
Everyone: Bingo!
All exit stage left.

Well-Beered Englishman
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Well-Beered Englishman
3 years 1 month ago

Corey Kluber should do a Daily Notes.

Shlum
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Shlum
3 years 1 month ago

Are you Mormon, bro?

Argoyle
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Argoyle
3 years 1 month ago

Yo it’s progress to the mean, right?

eddiegaedel
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eddiegaedel
3 years 1 month ago

Way to jinx Kluber yesterday

Corey Kluber
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Corey Kluber
3 years 1 month ago

FREE CISTULLI!!

bgburek
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bgburek
3 years 1 month ago

Ha just found that the Corey Kluber Society is on Corey Kluber’s Wikipedia page

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