Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
Featured Game: St. Louis at Los Angeles NL, 22:10 ET
Status Update: St. Louis Offense
As of Friday, St. Louis continued to lead the majors both in batter WAR (13.3) and wRC+ (128).
Other Status Update: St. Louis Offense
On Friday, St. Louis scored four runs through the first three innings* of their game against Ted Lilly and the Dodgers (although, as their .322 wOBA through those first three innings indicates, it wasn’t necessarily a dominant performance early on).
*At which point, the author, who shares a great deal in common with America’s geriatric population, made his way bedward.
A Hypothetical Cardinals Lineup
Below is a hypothetical — perhaps even likely — lineup for the Cardinals tonight. (Note: WAR/600 is WAR per 600 plate appearances so far this season.)
Of Note Regarding That Lineup
Of note regarding that hypothetical — perhaps even likely — lineup is that the batters in it have averaged 6.4 WAR per 600 plate appearances so far this season, which would be an MVP-worthy season from an individual.
Regarding If You Replace Beltran with Craig
If you replace the semi-injured Carlos Beltran in that lineup with Allen Craig, the team’s average production drops… all the way to 6.3 WAR per 600 plate appearances.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast
FanGraphs readers prefer Dodgers Television (link).
Other Notable Games
New York NL at Toronto | 13:07 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
In a discussion of Defensive Run Efficiency at The Book blog on Thursday, Tom Tango found that Toronto leads the league so far this season in converting balls in play to outs (link). As for the Mets, they’re 28th-best at that.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: New York NL Television.
Pittsburgh at Detroit | 16:05 ET
With the exception of one decidedly miserable start on May 2nd at St. Louis, during which he conceded 12 runs in just 2.2 innings, A.J. Burnett has been excellent so far as a Pirate. Line: 31.2 IP, 23.3% K, 5.3% BB, 54.8% GB, 2.73 SIERA, 72 xFIP-, 0.7 WAR.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Detroit 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 5.3.
Regard, a magnificent and sortable table:
|Homer Bailey||CIN||5||4||6||6||7||NYA||Ivan Nova||13:05|
|Miguel Batista*||NYN||1||2||4||6||6||TOR||Brandon Morrow||13:07|
|Anibal Sanchez||MIA||8||4||5||4||3||CLE||Jeanmar Gomez||16:05|
|Tyson Ross||OAK||4||4||3||4||1||SF||Ryan Vogelsong||16:05|
|A.J. Burnett||PIT||10||1||7||2||7||DET||Drew Smyly||16:05|
|Randall Delgado||ATL||5||8||6||7||7||TB||Alex Cobb*||16:10|
|Carl Pavano||MIN||3||2||4||5||4||MIL||Yovani Gallardo||16:10|
|Jason Vargas||SEA||3||3||6||7||10||COL||Christ. Friedrich*||16:10|
|Ian Kennedy||AZ||5||5||5||6||5||KC||Bruce Chen||19:15|
|Jason Hammel||BAL||8||6||7||4||6||WAS||Ross Detwiler||19:15|
|Jon Lester||BOS||4||6||5||4||6||PHI||Joe Blanton||19:15|
|John Danks||CHA||1||4||4||3||8||CHN||Ryan Dempster||19:15|
|Derek Holland||TEX||6||10||5||6||2||HOU||Lucas Harrell||19:15|
|Dan Haren||LAA||6||2||4||5||3||SD||Eric Stults*||22:05|
|Jake Westbrook||STL||6||10||8||6||9||LAN||Clayton Kershaw||22:10|
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