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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