Daily Notes, With Three Earth-Shaking Transactions

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

1. Three Basically Earth-Shaking Transactions
2. Featured Game: Washington at Boston, 19:10 ET
3. Other Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
4. Today’s Complete Schedule

Three Basically Earth-Shaking Transactions
Here are three transactions from Thursday that shook the planet Earth — owing to their magnitude, one imagines.

Correa Signed
The Houston Astros signed Puerto Rican high school shortstop Carlos Correa with a $4.8 million bonus on Thursday, just days after taking him first overall in this year’s amateur draft, according to the Associated Press.

Scheppers Recalled
Right-handed reliever Tanner Scheppers, 25, was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday and made his debut that same night in relief of Yu Darvish. Here’s what he did last night (box): 1.2 IP, 6 TBF, 2 K, 0 BB, 2 GB on 4 batted-balls (50% GB). Here’s what he did at Triple-A this year in 25 appearances, all in relief: 29.0 IP, 8.38 K/9, 1.24 BB/9, 0.62 HR/9, 2.96 FIP. Scheppers was, at one point, a highly thought-of prospect, but his inability to start has tempered expectations.

Danks Also Recalled
Like Scheppers, White Sox outfielder Jordan Danks, 25, was also recalled Thursday and also made his major-league debut — although only as a pinch-runner, turns out, for Paul Konerko (box). Unlike Scheppers, Jordan Danks is the younger brother of White Sox left-hander John Danks. The younger Danks at Triple-A Charlotte this year: 230 PA, .302/.417/.503 (.397 BABIP).

Featured Game: Washington at Boston, 19:10 ET
What the Reader Will Want to Know About This Game
In point of fact, I wouldn’t presume to guess at what the reader wants to know — about this game, or about anything else in life.

Why That Is
Because the reader is famous for his eccentric tastes, is why.

Like What
A little bit of this, from what I understand. A not inconsiderable amount of that.

Regarding What the Alternative Is
The alternative is to consider what I, the author, would want to know, and then write about that.

What the Author Would Want to Know About This Game
That Stephen Strasburg (65.0 IP, 68 xFIP-, 2.1 WAR) is pitching in it.

What Else
That the Red Sox straight-on center-field camera is the ideal sort for watching a Pitcher of Note, like Strasburg.

And What Third Thing
That Washington outfielder Michael Morse has recently returned from a lat injury (maybe it was) and done this since said return: 22 PA, 0 HR, 2 BB, 4 K. Furthermore, that this is his ZiPS projection for the remainder of the season: 299 PA, .272/.331/.474 (.312 BABIP), 1.2 WAR.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast
Per the results of our offseason crowdsourcing project, FanGraphs readers prefer Washington Radio — although note, of course, that that might prevent access to the equally excellent and aforementioned center-field camera (link).

Other Notable Games
Note: as of Thursday night, MLB.com hadn’t published the day’s MLB.TV Free Game. Moreover, the author is very likely still asleep as of press time, which is limiting his editing abilities at the moment.

Philadelphia at Baltimore | 19:05 ET
One of these is a first-place team; the other, a last-place one. Also, it’s Opposite Day.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Philadelphia Radio.

Cleveland at St. Louis | 20:15 ET
As of Thursday, St. Louis had created more runs than any other team (52.0 above league average). Stars: Carlos Beltran (150 wRC+, .290 BABIP, 1.9 WAR), Yadier Molina (150 wRC+, .333 BABIP, 2.4 WAR), Allen Craig (212 wRC+, .380 BABIP, 1.0 WAR), Rafael Furcal (128 wRC+, .335 BABIP, 2.1 WAR).

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Cleveland 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 5.0.

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
Luke Hochevar KC 5 5 4 2 5 PIT Erik Bedard 19:05
Johan Santana NYN 7 1 6 6 3 NYA Hiroki Kuroda 19:05
Joe Blanton PHI 7 5 7 4 7 BAL Jake Arrieta 19:05
Rick Porcello DET 6 5 5 4 5 CIN Bronson Arroyo 19:10
Jer. Hellickson TB 3 5 5 4 3 MIA Ricky Nolasco 19:10
Ste. Strasburg WAS 10 5 9 5 7 BOS Felix Doubront 19:10
Kyle Drabek TOR 2 7 5 7 5 ATL Brandon Beachy 19:35
Travis Wood CHN 4 2 1 2 3 MIN P.J. Walters 20:10
Wan. Rodriguez HOU 5 5 4 5 5 CHA Gavin Floyd 20:10
Edinson Volquez SD 4 6 4 6 6 MIL Shaun Marcum 20:10
Josh Tomlin CLE 7 4 7 10 5 STL Jake Westbrook 20:15
C.J. Wilson LAA 4 3 5 8 6 COL Alex White 20:40
Tommy Milone OAK 5 2 5 5 6 AZ Daniel Hudson 21:40
Nathan Eovaldi* LAN 6 5 4 5 2 SEA Kevin Millwood 22:10
Matt Harrison TEX 5 10 4 4 0 SF Barry Zito 22:15

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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  1. phoenix2042 says:

    Of note to me is that you have changed Stephen Strasburg’s moniker from “St. Strasburg” to “Ste. Strasburg.” I think I speak for all us when I say that he (i.e. Strasburg) has done nothing to deserve having his sainthood revoked by the infamously moustachioed author. In point of fact, it would seem that said pitcher should be heaped with even more praise from said author, perhaps in the form of a royal nickname similar to that bestowed another young pitcher by the name of Felix.

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    • Well-Beered Englishman says:

      His sainthood has not been revoked. The change reflects his new identity as a French woman.

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  2. jaywigley says:

    I just want to say that, in all seriousness, I look forward to the Daily Notes, especially the game previews, more than anything else, save a sext or something from my wife. Just so you know how much this work is appreciated.

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  3. jfree says:

    Have to fact check your post. Scheppers IS actually the younger brother of John Danks and in fact is the lost twin of Jordan Danks. There was a mixup at the hospital (as is so often the case nowadays) and Scheppers was taken home by a different couple. Indeed, John Danks is the actual older brother of 13 AAA prospects who are awaiting their call to the majors this year. I hope you do not make the same mistake in future posts.

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  4. BX says:

    Conveniently leaving out that HR Scheppers gave up, are we?

    (Surely, I jest).

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  5. Evan says:

    Nothing on the un-Game of the Day? Cubs at Twins with a score of 1, 3 points worse than the next worse game.

    Also, Rangers offense (10) against Barry Zito (0) has to be the best (or worst) contrast matchup of the day.

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  6. nscheer says:

    also, just fyi, “ste.” is the abbreviation for “suite” (not sweet).

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  7. ted skandy says:

    Why the comment about Morse’s lat injury (maybe it was)? Do you know something that no one else knows?

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  8. Caveman Jones says:

    Going to see the Nats play the Sox at Fenway tonight, should have a good view of the strike zone too. I’m so excited to see Strasburg pitch first hand.

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  9. Anna Karina says:

    Wouldn’t a player making his MLB debut more properly be said to have been called — not “recalled” — to the major leagues? Perhaps this is a term of art.

    As proud of they are of each other, neither John Danks nor Jordan Danks will publicly acknowledge the third brother, Jar-Jar.

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  10. MikeS says:

    Just curious, but if Wandy Rodriquez, Gavin Floyd, the Astros and the White Sox all have a NERD of 5, how does the game have a NERD of 4?

    Doesn’t matter to me, I will be forced to watch this game in that I am attending it.

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