Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.
Two Notable Rookie Performances from Saturday
Two rookie pitchers made notable appearances on Saturday. What follows is Priceless Information regarding both.
Player: Danny Farquhar, RHP, Seattle (Profile)
Line: 2.2 IP, 8 TBF, 5 K, 0 BB, 1 GB on 3 batted-balls, 0.36 xFIP
Notes: Having been dominant so far this season at Triple-A Tacoma (20.0 IP, 30 K, 4 BB), the 26-year-old Farquhar was promoted Friday. Saturday’s 2.2-inning relief performance represented the right-hander’s major-league debut. Farquhar’s 0.36 xFIP was the lowest among any pitcher to record more than a single inning of work on Saturday. He sat at 92-96 with his four-seam fastball and complemented it what what appears to be a cutter or slider and also a slower (ca. 80 mph) curve. Of the 17 pitches classified by Brooks Baseball as four-seam fastballs, Farquhar recorded four swinging strikes.
Here’s a fastball for a strikeout against Mark Reynolds in the seventh inning:
And another to Drew Stubbs for a strikeout in the following inning:
Player: Tom Koehler, RHP, Miami (Profile)
Line: 6.0 IP, 23 TBF, 7 K, 2 BB, 9 GB on 14 batted-balls, 2.66 xFIP
Notes: Making just his third career major-league start, Koehler posted the lowest single-game xFIP among all starters on Saturday, en route to conceding just a single run in six innings against Arizona. Of note: his fastball sat in the 91-95 mph range, and he was still hitting 94, it appears, towards the end of his appearance. Though he threw it only six times, his cutter/slider was quite effective, inducing three swinging strikes.
Here he is throwing it to Paul Goldschmidt in the first inning on an 0-1 count:
And again, on a 1-2 count, for the strikeout — in slow motion, in this case:
Today’s Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
Seattle at Cleveland ***MLB.TV Free Game*** | 13:05 ET
Conveniently, today’s most watchable game is also its free-est one. Felix Hernandez (64.2 IP, 65 xFIP-, 2.2 WAR) faces Justin Masterson (63.0 IP, 91 xFIP-, 1.4 WAR). The latter has posted so far what would be a career-best strikeout rate (23.2%) — and what is about six percentage points higher than his established level between 2010 and 2012.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Cleveland Radio.
Detroit at Texas | 20:05 ET
Were the Steamer and ZiPS projections systems to play out the remainder of the season — and not the actual players in the major leagues themselves — these two clubs would likely share the distinction of best record in baseball.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Texas 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 4.9.
Note: the following table is entirely sortable.
|Felix Hernandez||SEA||10||6||8||9||6||CLE||Ju. Masterson||13:05|
|R.A. Dickey||TOR||9||4||7||5||6||NYA||CC Sabathia||13:05|
|Wade Miley||AZ||4||4||3||0||3||MIA||Ricky Nolasco||13:10|
|Homer Bailey||CIN||9||5||5||0||3||PHI||Jon. Pettibone||13:35|
|Lucas Harrell||HOU||0||4||2||7||2||PIT||Jeff Locke||13:35|
|Matt Magill*||LAN||4||2||5||8||6||ATL||Mike Minor||13:35|
|Matt Moore||TB||5||7||5||8||3||BAL||Chris Tillman||13:35|
|John Lackey||BOS||7||8||5||3||2||MIN||Pe. Hernandez||14:10|
|Kyle Lohse||MIL||5||6||5||2||6||STL||John Gast*||14:15|
|Dillon Gee||NYN||3||7||4||4||4||CHN||Travis Wood||14:20|
|Jake Peavy||CHA||8||0||5||5||3||LAA||Jason Vargas||15:35|
|Luis Mendoza||KC||4||6||5||6||5||OAK||A.J. Griffin||16:05|
|Barry Zito||SF||2||6||4||8||3||COL||Juan Nicasio||16:10|
|Dan Haren||WAS||4||2||4||5||5||SD||And. Cashner||16:10|
|Doug Fister||DET||6||7||7||4||9||TEX||Derek Holland||20:05|
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