Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
Regarding Houston, Their Recent Success
After their 5-4 victory over St. Louis on Friday (box), Houston’s WAR winning percentage — i.e. an entirely infallible metric that no one should question — rose from .525 to .537.
Regarding Houston, Their Success on Saturday
On Saturday, Houston once again defeated St. Louis — this time by a score of 8-2 (box).
Regarding That Saturday Game, Houston’s Greatest Contributors
Regarding that Saturday game, Houston’s greatest contributor in terms of WPA was third baseman Chris Johnson (.341), largely on account of a first-inning grand slam he hit off Jaime Garcia. In terms of wOBA, the team’s single-game leader was center fielder Justin Maxwell (.804), on account of posting this line: 4 PA, 2 2B, 1 BB.
A Thing the Reader Might Not Know
A thing the reader might not know is that J.A. Happ’s strikeout rate through his first five starts is 24.0%, the 17th-best mark among the league’s 115 qualified pitchers as of Saturday and considerably higher than anything he’s posted before as a major-league pitcher.
Other Notable Games
Arizona at New York NL | 13:10 ET
With his move to the National League this season, Arizona starter Trevor Cahill has been able to preserve, roughly speaking, his strikeout and walk rates from 2011 while raising his ground-ball rate about seven percentage points, to 63.7%.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: New York NL.
Philadelphia at Washington | 20:05 ET
This game features two of the National League’s more impressive pitchers (Cole Hamels, Jordan Zimmermann) and two of its least successful offenses to date. Phildelphia is 26th in the majors with an 80 wRC+; Washington, 29th with a 75 wRC+.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: N/A (Game on ESPN).
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:
|Dylan Axelrod*||CHA||5||5||6||3||7||DET||Rick Porcello||13:05|
|Yu Darvish||TEX||6||9||4||5||0||CLE||Ubaldo Jimenez||13:05|
|Trevor Cahill||AZ||6||6||7||2||10||NYN||R.A. Dickey||13:10|
|Tommy Hunter||BAL||2||5||3||5||2||BOS||Clay Buchholz||13:35|
|Mat Latos||CIN||4||3||4||2||6||PIT||Charlie Morton||13:35|
|Tommy Milone||OAK||5||3||5||7||4||TB||Matt Moore||13:40|
|Adam Wainwright||STL||9||10||8||8||6||HOU||J.A. Happ||14:05|
|Phil Hughes||NYA||4||6||5||9||4||KC||Luke Hochevar||14:10|
|Aaron Harang||LAN||6||6||5||2||4||CHN||Travis Wood*||14:20|
|Brandon Beachy||ATL||5||8||6||9||5||COL||Juan Nicasio||15:10|
|Drew Hutchison*||TOR||6||6||6||3||6||LAA||Jerome Williams||15:35|
|Ricky Nolasco||MIA||4||3||5||6||6||SD||Joe Wieland||16:05|
|Shaun Marcum||MIL||5||5||5||5||6||SF||Matt Cain||16:05|
|Nick Blackburn||MIN||4||2||3||3||1||SEA||Hector Noesi||16:10|
|Cole Hamels||PHI||9||2||7||0||9||WAS||Jo. Zimmermann||20:05|