Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
Featured Game: Baltimore at Tampa Bay, 13:40 ET
Regarding Which of These Teams Is in First Place
In terms of which — between the Orioles and the Rays, that is — which of them is currently in first place in the AL East, the answer to that is: “Both of them.”
For Reference, The AL East Standings
For reference, here are the current AL East standings (including Saturday games):
For Reference, The AL East Standings, According to WAR
Here are the AL East standings, using WAR winning percentage instead (also including Saturday’s games):
|Place||Team||WAR W||WAR L||WAR%|
A Thing You Mightn’t Have Noticed
A thing the reader mightn’t have noticed is that very young left-hander Matt Moore, who starts for Tampa Bay, has pitched quite well over his most recent three starts. To wit: 17.2 IP, 32.9% K, 8.2% BB, 48.8% GB, 2.45 xFIP.
What That’s Compared To
That’s compared to his less impressive full-season line. As such: 56.2 IP, 23.2% K, 11.2% BB, 37.1% GB, 4.43 xFIP.
Other Notable Games
New York AL at Detroit | 13:05 ET
Justin Verlander (81.1 IP, 74 xFIP-, 3.0 WAR), who pitches for the Tigers this afternoon, hasn’t actually thrown a no-hitter in every appearance he’s made at Yankees Stadium, but it sounds like something he’d do.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Detroit Radio.
Atlanta at Washington | 13:35 ET
Left-hander Gio Gonzalez (61.2 IP, 72 xFIP-, 2.4 WAR) continued his excellent season in his most recent start — also against Atlanta — last Sunday. Of note: the number of whiffs on just his fastball. Per PITCHf/x, Gonzalez induced swing-and-misses on 25% of his four-seamers. (League average is ca. 6%.)
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Either Atlanta or Washington Radio.
Arizona at San Diego | 18:35 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
San Diego’s 23-year-old catching prospect Yasmani Grandal recorded his first major-league at-bat on Saturday, flying out in an eighth-inning pinch-hit appearance. Here’s what he did at Triple-A Tucson before his recent promotion: 145 PA, .308/.414/.492 (.394 BABIP).
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Arizona 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 5.5.
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.
|Phil Hughes||NYA||5||5||8||5||10||DET||Justin Verlander||13:05|
|Daniel Bard||BOS||1||4||5||6||6||TOR||Drew Hutchison||13:07|
|Tommy Hanson||ATL||4||7||8||5||10||WAS||Gio Gonzalez||13:35|
|Carlos Zambrano||MIA||3||4||6||3||7||PHI||Joe Blanton||13:35|
|Jake Arrieta||BAL||8||5||8||6||6||TB||Matt Moore||13:40|
|Bronson Arroyo||CIN||5||3||4||5||6||HOU||Jordan Lyles||14:05|
|Tommy Milone||OAK||4||1||3||6||5||KC||Vin Mazzaro*||14:10|
|James McDonald||PIT||7||2||6||5||8||MIL||Michael Fiers*||14:10|
|Kevin Millwood||SEA||3||5||6||6||10||CHA||Chris Sale||14:10|
|Scott Diamond||MIN||7||2||4||4||3||CLE||Justin Masterson||15:05|
|Nathan Eovaldi*||LAN||7||5||6||10||7||COL||Alex White||15:10|
|Matt Harrison||TEX||6||10||7||3||7||LAA||Dan Haren||15:35|
|Travis Wood*||CHN||4||4||3||5||0||SF||Barry Zito||16:05|
|Trevor Cahill||AZ||5||4||3||5||2||SD||Eric Stults||18:35|
|Jake Westbrook||STL||5||10||6||1||6||NYN||Jonathon Niese||20:05|