Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
Crowdsourcing Radio Broadcasters: The First 29 Ballots
Recently, we released the results of our television broadcaster rankings — itself the product of reader crowdsourcing that started in late November. Now, FanGraphs is asking readers to rate the radio broadcast teams for all 30 major-league clubs (Click here for more on this project.)
Voting for radio broadcasts will end at approximately noon on Sunday.
Below are links to the first 29 ballots (in the order they were made available), accompanied by the total number of ballots cast (as of last night) for each.
San Francisco: 689
San Diego: 27
St. Louis: 359
New York (NL): 117
New York (AL): 156
Los Angeles (NL): 115
Los Angeles (AL): 19
Kansas City: 19
Chicago (NL): 51
Chicago (AL): 46
Crowdsourcing Broadcasters: Arizona Radio
Here is the 30th, and final, ballot for our radio broadcast crowdsourcing project:
Today’s Notable Games
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh | 19:05 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Unfortunately, today’s free game isn’t particularly intriguing. Of some note, perhaps, is the recent play of Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez. He hit his seventh home run of the season on Thursday at St. Louis, giving him this rather unusual line so far on the season: 74 PA, .257/.297/.614 (.282 BABIP), 147 wRC+. Alavrez has struck out in 32.4% of his plate appearances. He has almost twice as many homers as walks (four), and nearly 50% of his 18 hits have been home runs.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Cincinnati, Barely.
New York AL at Kansas City | 20:10 ET
The Royals currently own the youngest average batter age (26.8) in the majors and the fourth-lowest payroll (ca $61 million), and yet have above-average numbers per wRC+ (103) and WAR (4.3 for batters/fielders as of Thursday, good for 10th overall in majors).
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Kansas City?
Milwaukee at San Francisco | 22:15 ET
Zack Greinke (29.2 IP, 81 xFIP-, 1.0 WAR) faces Tim Lincecum (26.2 IP, 94 xFIP-, 0.5 WAR). Of note: both clubs have lost key players of late. San Francisco third baseman Pablo Sandoval is out for four-to-six weeks with a broken hamate bone, Milwaukee first baseman Mat Gamel for the season with a torn ACL. Conor Gillaspie and Brooks Conrad, respectively, should serve as replacements.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: San Francisco.
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 5.0.
Regard, a magnificent and sortable table:
|Chad Billingsley||LAN||6||5||3||2||0||CHN||Paul Maholm||14:20|
|Jake Peavy||CHA||6||5||5||2||6||DET||Drew Smyly||19:05|
|Johnny Cueto||CIN||4||3||3||2||2||PIT||Kevin Correia||19:05|
|Kyle Kendrick*||PHI||3||3||5||0||10||WAS||Stephen Strasburg||19:05|
|Colby Lewis||TEX||5||9||6||4||6||CLE||Jeanmar Gomez*||19:05|
|Wade Miley*||AZ||5||7||6||2||9||NYN||Dillon Gee||19:10|
|Wei-Yin Chen||BAL||2||5||4||5||4||BOS||Jon Lester||19:10|
|Tyson Ross*||OAK||3||3||5||7||6||TB||David Price||19:10|
|Kyle Lohse||STL||4||10||5||8||2||HOU||Lucas Harrell||20:05|
|CC Sabathia||NYA||9||6||7||10||3||KC||Bruce Chen||20:10|
|Tim Hudson*||ATL||7||8||6||9||3||COL||Guillermo Moscoso*||20:40|
|Josh Johnson||MIA||9||3||7||5||8||SD||Anthony Bass||22:05|
|Henderson Alvarez||TOR||2||6||3||3||2||LAA||Ervin Santana||22:05|
|Carl Pavano||MIN||4||3||3||3||3||SEA||Jason Vargas||22:10|
|Zack Greinke||MIL||8||5||7||5||7||SF||Tim Lincecum||22:15|