Daily Notes, With a Leaderboard of Traded Players

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

1. Custom Leaderboard Event: Recently Traded Players
2. Today’s Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Custom Leaderboard Event: Recently Traded Players
Regarding What This Is
The attentive reader — and, really, even the mostly impaired reader — will know that baseball’s trade deadline has recently passed. What follows, for the benefit of both types of readers — both the attentive kind and also the mostly impaired kind, too — is a custom leaderboard of all the players both (a) who were involved in a deadline trade this year* who also (b) have some sort of previous major-league experience.

*Wherein “deadline trade” is defined as any trade to have occurred between July 24th and 31st.

Hyperlink to the Leaderboard in Question
Click this hyperlinked text to navigate your web browser to the leaderboard in question.

Screenshot of Said Leaderboard
Here’s a screenshot of the hitters part of the aforementioned leaderboard (sorted by season WAR, entirely embiggenable via clicking):

On the Possible Use of Said Leaderboard
It would make some sense to periodically reference this leaderboard — especially the August and September splits part of it — over the next couple of months, with a view towards evaluating the production of players who were traded at the deadline.

On the Leaderboard, Whether the Author Will Update It
There’s a non-zero chance that the author will update this leaderboard as traded players with no previous major-league experience begin to make their debuts at the major-league level.

Today’s Notable Games
Miami at Atlanta | 19:10 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, traded to the Marlins in the deal that sent Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers, makes his second start for Miami. His line from July 28th (box): 5.1 IP, 24 TBF, 5 K, 2 BB, 7 GB on 16 batted-balls (43.8% GB), 4.84 xFIP. His average fastball velocity during that same start: 94.5 mph.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Atlanta Radio.

Los Angeles AL at Texas | 20:10 ET
Ryan Dempster, following a trade that sent him to the Rangers from the Cubs in exchange for third-base prospect Christian Villanueva (about whom you can read this piece by our Mike Newman) and right-handed pitching prospect Kyle Hendricks, makes his debut for Texas. Also, per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, another person making his debut for the Rangers tonight is probably third-base prospect Mike Olt.

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 4.0.

Note: the following Game Scores include the poorly conceived playoff-odds adjustment discussed in a recent edition of Daily Notes. Also note: the following table is entirely sortable.


Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Ross Ohlendorf SD 2 6 3 4 6 CIN Johnny Cueto 12:35
Chris Young NYN 0 4 1 3 0 SF Barry Zito 15:45
Cole Hamels PHI 9 5 5 7 5 WAS Ross Detwiler 19:05
Nathan Eovaldi MIA 6 3 4 8 4 ATL Mike Minor 19:10
Samuel Deduno MIN 2 4 4 5 7 BOS Jon Lester 19:10
C.J. Wilson LAA 4 6 5 8 6 TEX Ryan Dempster 20:10
Corey Kluber* CLE 8 4 4 7 4 KC Bruce Chen 20:10
Lance Lynn STL 8 10 6 8 5 COL Undecided 20:40
Hend. Alvarez TOR 5 7 5 5 4 OAK Bartolo Colon 22:05

To learn more about Pitcher and Team NERD scores 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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35 Responses to “Daily Notes, With a Leaderboard of Traded Players”

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  1. Ira says:

    Cromulent use of “embiggenable” there, Carson.

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  2. maxjusttyped says:

    Fitting “Undecided” has 5x the NERD score of Barry Zito.

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  3. KJ says:

    Yahoo seems to think Alex White is starting for COL today

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  4. Dr. Internet says:

    This is stupid.

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  5. Eminor3rd says:

    It’s a good day for the baseball viewer when the most interesting game to watch is Lance Lynn vs. Undecided.

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  6. TheGrandslamwich says:

    Could this be the first occasion of two 0 NERD pitchers squaring off? That game could be watchable just for that!

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  7. RamboDiaz says:

    I feel that this post discriminates against me, the attentively-impaired reader.

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  8. Dr. Internet says:

    All these madeup stats are ruining the game for real fans.

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  9. jhurst59 says:

    Maybe you could update the chart so the pitchers’ WAR is not based on their hitting (unless I am reading it wrong)?

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    • MikeS says:

      Apparently, all the pitchers were traded to AL teams to DH.

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    • Mr. Jones says:

      I don’t think you read it at all:

      “Here’s a screenshot of the hitters part of the aforementioned leaderboard”

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      • jhurst59 says:

        Ok, snippy Mr. Jones. Since seeing pitchers’ WAR based on hitting stats is pretty useless, let me rephrase: “Maybe you could update the chart so we are seeing pitchers’ WAR based on their pitching.”

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  10. Dr. Internet says:

    Bottom line is baseball got by just fine for thousands of years without these madeup stats.

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  11. DuPu says:

    NYM vs SFG looks to be a very exciting game! Combined NERD score of 7 for both teams.

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  12. Baltar says:

    The thing that immediately jumped out at me in the just traded leaderboard is that the 2 players the Giants traded for (Pence and Scutaro) have a total WAR of 1.9 in nearly 900 AB, whereas the one major league player they traded had 0.8 WAR in 200 AB, just about twice as many as the other 2 combined in WAR per AB.
    Sabean the genius strikes again.

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  13. Shandman says:

    I think Carson created a Frankenstein here.

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  14. dp says:

    I’m really feeling the fact that a team surpassed only in ineptitude by the Disastros has a NERD score double that of a team that deploys Aroldis Chapman to finish games. Good game, kid.

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  15. Dr. Internet says:

    LOL. That’s what I get for thinking a minority could comment here without getting picked on.

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    • Well-Beered Englishman says:

      I believe you are posting ironically and are therefore a sort of stat-loving reverse-troll, and consequently albeit tentatively take your side.

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    • mgraves says:

      As near as I can tell, you are green, which would make you one of my people (in the Army, everyone is green, Army Green)–at least that is what I learned at Benning so many years ago.

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  16. Dr. Internet says:

    Great, now racism. I’m outta here.

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