Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
Featured Game: St. Louis at Houston, 19:05 ET
Regarding the Houston Astros as of Friday
As of Friday, the Houston Astros were tied (with San Francisco) for the 11th-best WAR winning percentage in the majors, at .525.
Regarding the Houston Astros on Friday
On Friday, the Houston Astros defeated the St. Louis Cardinals — that is, the team with the best overall WAR winning percentage — by a score of 5-4 (box).
Regarding One Reason the Astros’ Early Success Is Surprising
One reason the Astros’ early success is surprising is because they were the worst team in the majors last season by almost every measure.
Another Reason the Astros’ Early Success Is Probably Surprising
Another reason the Astros’ early success is probably surprising is because they have both (a) the third-lowest payroll in the majors and (b) second-youngest overall batter age.
Regarding Houston’s Batting Leaders
Here are Houston’s batting leaders:
• Jose Altuve: 105 PA, .358/.404/.526 (.407 BABIP), 161 wRC+, 1.4 WAR
• Jed Lowrie: 82 PA, .329/.427/.500 (.377 BABIP), 164 wRC+, 1.4 WAR
• Jordan Schafer: 102 PA, .273/.360/.352 (.400 BABIP), 110 wRC+, 1.0 WAR
Other Notable Games
New York AL at Kansas City | 19:10 ET
Felipe Paulino makes his season debut after missing the first month or so with a strained right forearm. Here’s his preseason Steamer projection: 126.0 IP, 7.63 K/9, 3.61 BB/9, 1.01 HR/9, 4.12 FIP. Here’s his preseason ZiPS projection: 121.0 IP, 7.59 K/9, 3.79 BB/9, 0.89 HR/9, 4.05 FIP. Here’s what he did in two rehab starts at Double-A: 10.1 IP, 13 K, 2 BB, 1 HR, 2.52 FIP.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Kansas City.
Atlanta at Colorado | 20:10 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Jamie Moyer pitches for the Rockies. Idea: bring your father into the room and make note of Jamie Moyer pitching for Colorado. Now ask him (i.e. your father), “What are you doing with your life?” Bask in the glow of filial piety.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Neither, Really.
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.
Regard, a magnificent and sortable table:
|Chris Capuano||LAN||4||5||5||2||6||CHN||Chris Volstad||13:05|
|Vance Worley||PHI||6||3||6||0||9||WAS||Gio Gonzalez||13:05|
|Jason Hammel||BAL||8||5||5||5||3||BOS||Aaron Cook*||13:10|
|Patrick Corbin*||AZ||6||6||6||2||6||NYN||Johan Santana||16:05|
|Gavin Floyd||CHA||5||5||5||2||5||DET||Max Scherzer||16:05|
|Randy Wolf||MIL||0||5||3||5||4||SF||Mad. Bumgarner||16:05|
|Mike Leake||CIN||5||2||4||3||3||PIT||Jam. McDonald||19:05|
|Jaime Garcia||STL||6||10||7||8||7||HOU||Bud Norris||19:05|
|Derek Holland||TEX||6||9||4||5||1||CLE||Derek Lowe||19:05|
|Hiroki Kuroda||NYA||3||6||6||10||8||KC||Felipe Paulino*||19:10|
|Bartolo Colon||OAK||4||3||4||7||3||TB||Jer. Hellickson||19:10|
|Mike Minor||ATL||8||8||6||9||3||COL||Jamie Moyer||20:10|
|Mark Buehrle||MIA||4||3||4||5||3||SD||Clayton Richard||20:35|
|Kyle Drabek||TOR||5||6||5||3||5||LAA||C.J. Wilson||21:05|
|Jason Marquis*||MIN||1||3||3||3||6||SEA||Felix Hernandez||21:10|
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