Daily Notes: The Corey Kluber Society Remains Undaunted

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

1. The Corey Kluber Society Remains Undaunted
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

The Corey Kluber Society Remains Undaunted
The Purpose of This Post
The purpose of this post is to announce both (a) a meeting tonight (Tuesday) of the Corey Kluber Society, at 8:10pm ET, and also (b) that the members of the aforementioned Society remain undaunted by Kluber’s last two starts, despite how he’s allowed 10 runs in 10.1 innings.

First of All, Regarding the Corey Kluber Society
The Corey Kluber Society (CKS) — established during time present and time past and time future, simultaneously — is composed of individuals all bound by their singular enthusiasm for the works and days of Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber.

How to Attend the Meeting
To attend tonight’s meeting, one needs merely to (a) situate himself in front of a broadcast of the Cleveland-Kansas City game and (b) make sure the internet connection upon which the (in this case) MLB.TV broadcast depends doesn’t cease to exist (as it did for the author recently) after, like, two innings, and then (c) expose himself* to Corey Kluber.

*Spiritually, that is. Expose himself spiritually.

Second of All, Regarding Corey Kluber’s Last Two Starts
It is entirely the case that Corey Kluber has conceded 10 runs and recorded a 7.84 ERA over his two most recent starts. It’s also entirely the case that Kluber has recorded an 8:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio and slightly above-average 47.5% ground-ball rate and decidedly above-average 2.91 xFIP over those same 10.1 innings (and 51 batters faced). It’s finally the case that runs allowed are conspicuously fascist.

A Potentially Relevant Excerpt from Emerson’s “Uses of Great Men”
Here’s an excerpt from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Uses of Great Men” that is likely relevant to Corey Kluber:

The race goes with us on their credit. The knowledge that in the city is a man who invented the railroad, raises the credit of all the citizens. But enormous populations, if they be beggars, are disgusting, like moving cheese, like hills of ants or of fleas,- the more, the worse.

Regarding That Excerpt Above, What One Learns from It
That Corey Kluber invented the railroad.

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Arizona at New York NL | 19:10 ET
Patrick Corbin (109.2 IP, 97 xFIP-, 2.3 WAR) faces Jeremy Hefner (87.0 IP, 107 xFIP-, 0.5 WAR). But which of the two is prepared to face himself?

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: New York NL Television.

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 5.5.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.

Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Wily Peralta MIL 5 4 6 2 10 WAS St. Strasburg 19:05
Jon. Pettibone PHI 4 1 4 7 3 PIT Jeanmar Gomez 19:05
Doug Fister DET 7 7 6 7 3 TOR C-M Wang 19:07
Patrick Corbin AZ 8 3 6 6 4 NYN Jeremy Hefner 19:10
Tom Koehler MIA 4 0 5 8 6 ATL Kris Medlen 19:10
Robbie Erlin* SD 8 7 7 7 7 BOS John Lackey 19:10
Tim Lincecum SF 7 7 8 3 10 CIN Homer Bailey 19:10
Joe Saunders SEA 2 5 4 3 6 TEX Justin Grimm 20:05
Jason Hammel BAL 3 9 5 1 7 CHA John Danks 20:10
Corey Kluber CLE 10 8 6 6 2 KC Luis Mendoza 20:10
Phil Hughes NYA 5 4 4 2 3 MIN Samuel Deduno 20:10
David Price TB 8 10 5 3 1 HOU Erik Bedard 20:10
Clayton Kershaw LAN 9 1 8 9 9 COL Roy Oswalt* 20:40
Scott Feldman CHN 3 5 4 6 5 OAK A.J. Griffin 22:05
Lance Lynn STL 6 4 4 6 2 LAA Jered Weaver 22:05

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.

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  1. Jason Coleman says:

    If you can find a Cleveland/Baltimore game on TV or anywhere else tonight, more power to you.

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  2. hamjenkinsIII says:

    ‘She said – Can you get my friends in the Klub?
    I said – Can you get my Benz in Da Klub?!’

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  3. SteveBarnett says:

    Any idea when we can expect T.S. Eliot to be called up from Gwinette, Carson? He’s showing good plate discipline and his power has surprised but I hear the Braves are worried about his anti-semitism.

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    • CB says:

      He grows old, he grows old… but he does rock the knee-high socks with his trousers rolled up. Old-school all the way, that guy.

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      • Steve Holt says:

        I hear he has a sibling called George Elliot, but he throws like a girl (and is therefore limited to first base).

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  4. The Return of Rambo Diaz says:

    Not Gomez tonight for the Bucs. Possibly Brandon Cumpton. Certainly not Jeff Locke, who was the original probable. Does this at all affect NERD for PHI-PIT?

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  5. James says:

    I blame the KGB’s deletion of the Corey Kluber Society from Wikipedia for the most recent results.

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  6. Clayton says:

    Is it permissible to join the meeting of the CKS via gamecast?


    Desirous Potential CKS Member Who Lacks a MLB.TV Subscription

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  7. tribefaninnc says:

    I’m a card carrying mamber of the CKS, but actually I’ve been quite daunted by his last couple starts. He was a bit wild against the O’s and got squared up a lot. Hopefully tonight’s exposure is more spiritual and less exposed.

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  8. longbeachyo says:

    I’m early! Oh, and I picked up Steve…

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  9. Eric says:

    After consulting the Oracles, I have learned that one Mr. Feldman won’t be throwing a baseball tonight in Oakland.

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  10. Alexander Nevermind says:

    C-Train is not easily derailed

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  11. Jaker says:

    Looking forward to tonight’s soiree. I shall try my best to be punctual.

    –Not Steve

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  12. KevinL says:

    I, too, am on the bandwagon. You convinced me to pick up CK in my league’s supplemental draft. Am wondering if I do not qualify for CKS as I have no access to Cleveland games to convene in front of.
    Also wondering if I’m considered shrewd for being wary of last two match ups and leaving CK on the bench – or heretical for being faithless in the One who brings us together?

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  13. mcgolfin says:

    Corey Kluber is not hitting 96 on the KC radar gun because the gun is juiced. Corey merely brings out the best of the radar gun.

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  14. Mike says:

    Cleveland announcer: Mark Reynolds said he recently went golfing with Corey Kluber, and during that outing Kluber got a hole in one. Reynolds said it was one of the only times he’d seen Corey Kluber show emotion. He smiled.

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  15. beliekluber says:

    i am feeling daunted.

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  16. Danny Knobgobbler says:

    The Gordon slam did it for me. I hereby rescind my membership to the Corey Kluber Society. Cistulli, you can expect an invoice for my fantasy entry fee if this clown costs me the title.

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  17. Kluber's Conscience says:

    I think he panicked after the back to back singles. Maybe he’s a bit of a head case. If he can keep calm under pressure then I think he’ll reach his xFIP, but if he continues to stake himself to 3-0 counts when the bases are loaded then his LOB% will never normalize.

    I’m still a believer because of those first four innings, but it sure is frustrating.

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  18. WebTechAds says:

    Still riding this bandwagon. One regrettable inning. I’m sticking to the club just because of the enormity of bad luck he’s having.

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    • jB4s7 says:

      How long do you chalk it up to “bad luck” before considering that it’s actual player performance?

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  19. LordJim says:

    This Kluber fetishism and how daily notes is being written nowadays is really starting to grind my gears.

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    • You and Me Both says:

      Apparently, too many fangraphs readers are easily amused or not especially well read and think Cistulli is doing something original or interesting with his empty pseudo-archaism. It’s a great way to fill a column without having to do any real thinking, though, so as long as nobody stands up to say “Hey, bud, we’ve read David Foster Wallace, too. Get the hell on with it,” I guess he’ll keep it up.

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