Daily Notes: With a Panoply of Facts Regarding Cleveland

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

1. Featured Game: Philadelphia at Cleveland, 19:05 ET
2. Other Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Featured Game: Philadelphia at Cleveland, 19:05 ET
A Fact Regarding Cleveland, The Baseball Team
After their 14-2 victory over Philadelphia on Tuesday (box), Cleveland now leads the majors in park-adjusted batting by a substantial margin, with a 120 wRC+.

A Fact Regarding Cleveland, The City
In Cleveland, all love is unrequited love.

A Fact Regarding Cleveland, The Baseball Team
In no small part due to the seven home runs they hit collectively on Tuesday, Cleveland now also leads the majors in park-adjusted home-run rate (4.0%) — at least by the author’s own hasty calculations.

A Fact Regarding Cleveland, The City
Moses Cleaveland famously declared, upon founding the city which now bears his name, “I guess this’ll do!”

A Fact Regarding Cleveland, The Baseball Team
Despite exhibiting decided command issues in his only major-league start this season, Trevor Bauer (who pitches for Cleveland) has been excellent at Triple-A this season, posting a 24:6 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 18.0 innings over three starts there.

A Fact Regarding Cleveland, The City
While Brooklyn is famously “motherless,” Cleveland met neither of its birth parents and, in fact, has been smoking filterless cigarettes since its sixth birthday.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast
Per the results of our crowdsourcing project from the 2011-2012 offseason, FanGraphs readers prefer Cleveland Radio (link).

Other Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
Cincinnati at St. Louis | 13:45 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Right-hander Homer Bailey pitches for the Reds. He’s been excellent thus far. To wit: 5 GS, 32.0 IP, 25.4% K, 7.1% BB, 56.3% GB, 3.16 SIERA, 78 xFIP-, 0.7 WAR. “Is he doing something different?” one wonders. Perhaps throwing a bit harder, indicates his PITCHf/x data.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: St. Louis Radio.

Houston at New York AL | 20:10 ET
David Phelps makes his first start of the season, in place of an injured Ivan Nova. Phelps has been totally able in relief so far (17.0 IP, 85 xFIP-). Also of note with regard to this game: the certain knowledge that MVPs of the Heart, both Robbie Grossman and Corban Joseph, could appear at any moment.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Houston 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 4.9.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.

Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Dillon Gee NYN 2 8 3 0 2 MIA Wade LeBlanc 12:40
Scott Diamond* MIN 5 2 6 5 9 DET Anibal Sanchez 13:08
Jeanmar Gomez* PIT 2 7 4 6 3 MIL Hiram Burgos* 13:10
Homer Bailey CIN 9 4 6 2 6 STL Lance Lynn 13:45
C.J. Wilson LAA 3 3 4 7 5 OAK Tommy Milone 15:35
Erik Bedard* HOU 5 7 6 6 6 NYA David Phelps* 19:05
Cliff Lee PHI 6 2 7 10 8 CLE Trevor Bauer* 19:05
Clay Buchholz BOS 7 8 5 3 3 TOR Mark Buehrle 19:07
Jord. Zimmermann WAS 6 3 6 9 5 ATL Paul Maholm 19:10
Chris Sale CHA 7 2 6 4 6 TEX Nick Tepesch 20:05
Andrew Cashner* SD 8 4 4 5 0 CHN Scott Feldman 20:05
Jeremy Hellickson TB 6 7 5 7 3 KC Luis Mendoza* 20:10
Tim Lincecum SF 5 5 5 4 6 AZ Brandon McCarthy 21:40
Wei-Yin Chen BAL 1 7 3 4 4 SEA Aaron Harang* 22:10
Juan Nicasio COL 2 7 4 2 6 LAN Josh Beckett 22:10

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. Sal Fasano's Mustache says:

    Bauer’s lack of walks in the minors can be attributed to AAA batters being more likely to swing out of the zone, correct? I fully expect to see him walk four straight again tonight and then write a rap song about the Ump cramping his style and his strikezone.

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  2. Well-Beered Englishman says:

    Cleveland Facts
    - Betty White is reputedly hot therein.
    - Shaker Heights is noted nationwide as an example of a community where history and gentrification have produced dramatically different socioeconomic strata.
    - Under Gyorgy (George) Szell, Cleveland long had one of the world’s finest symphony orchestras.
    - It was while owning the Cleveland Indians that Bill Veeck attended a dinner party and met Salvador Dali.
    - Cleveland Street is the thoroughfare in A Christmas Story, though the film is set in Hammond, Indiana (or rather the fictional Hohman) and external shots were filmed in Toronto.
    - When I was a young lad I went to the Cleveland Sea World.
    - According to a cursory Google Maps browse, there is a highly reputable “modern American” restaurant in Cleveland called Dante, which earns a Zagat 28/30 and has a dinner menu featuring the likes of “honey balsamic glazed pork belly, crispy fried red onions, and polenta” ($9) and “whole roasted quail, stuffed with chestnuts, sausage, parsnips, and dried cherries” ($29).
    - Carol Cleveland can be seen in a state of glorious undress in several episodes of Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

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    • AC of DC says:

      With this sudden turn from the city to the Carol, you have with swift grace upraised our thoughts: from a pit that recalls the punishments of old Dante’s poem to someplace far higher. Or perhaps dirtier. Mmm . . .

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  3. Steve says:

    As far as I know, Dante has been converted back into Lockkeepers, which is also a fine, though in no way remarkable, establishment.

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    • Candy LaChance says:

      Not that the broader fangraphs universe will care, but the Dante the well-bearded one refers to has been in Tremont for a few years now, since the chef departed from the old Lockkeepers.

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  4. essveepee says:

    I am pretty sure you read the Charles Pierce piece on Jason Collins and “panoply” stuck in your head

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  5. Andrew says:

    Love how Feldman had a 0 NERD.

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  6. CrashCameron says:

    no love for the obvious “Cleveland rocks!” ?
    James Gang, people, James Gang
    (and Joe Charboneau)

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  7. Wait Til Next Year says:

    Ryan Raburn will ascend into heaven, body and soul, after the Tribe sweeps the World Series this October.

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