Daily Notes, With Video of Five Notable Screwballs

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

1. Video: Five Notable Screwballs
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Video: Five Notable Screwballs
Regarding What Happened Yesterday
Yesterday, both White Sox left-hander Hector Santiago and Rangers right-hander Yoshinori Tateyama — i.e. the only two pitchers to’ve thrown a screwball in the majors this season — threw for their respective teams. (See the latter’s version of the pitch via the power of animated GIFs.)

Regarding What’s Happening Now
What’s happening now is the author is presenting five videos that concern the screwball expressly.

Video: Carl Hubbell
Here’s the very accomplished Carl Hubbell throwing what appears to be his very famous screwball:

Video: Fernando Valenzuela
Here’s Fernando Valenzuela inducing a a swinging strike from Reggie Jackson on what appears to be his (i.e. Valenzuela’s) very famous and effective screwball:

Video: Wiffle Screwball
Here are some wiffle screwballs, courtesy resident of the internet WiffleBoy28:

Video: Woody Woodpecker
This is an animated bird throwing a screwball, ca. 1943:

Video: It Happened One Night
Here’s a characteristic exchange from famous screwball comedy It Happened One Night (1934), directed by Frank Capra:

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Seattle at Los Angeles AL | 15:35 ET
After Wednesday night’s walk-off victory (box), the Angels remain two games behind Oakland for the American League’s second wild-card spot.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Los Angeles Television, Maybe.

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
Wily Peralta MIL 8 9 6 4 8 CIN Mat Latos 12:35
Luis Mendoza KC 3 6 5 5 7 DET Doug Fister 13:05
Kevin Correia PIT 3 4 4 2 10 NYN R.A. Dickey 13:10
Travis Blackley OAK 4 6 3 6 5 TEX Matt Harrison 14:05
Chris Volstad CHN 2 2 0 7 1 COL Jhoulys Chacin 15:10
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 6 4 5 7 5 LAA Dan Haren 15:35
Patrick Corbin AZ 7 7 2 3 1 SF Barry Zito 15:45
Gio Gonzalez WAS 8 7 5 6 6 PHI Tyler Cloyd 19:05
Ivan Nova NYA 7 7 4 4 6 TOR Brandon Morrow 19:07
Jacob Turner MIA 6 4 3 6 4 ATL Tommy Hanson 19:10
James Shields TB 9 6 7 4 6 CHA Jake Peavy 20:10
Chris Capuano LAN 6 1 4 7 8 SD Casey Kelly 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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6 Responses to “Daily Notes, With Video of Five Notable Screwballs”

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  1. Somewhere across the pacific rim a youth is working to perfect what will soon be known a Philips Head Screwball.

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  2. chiefglockandhummer says:

    diggin the proper usage of the contraction to’ve

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  3. Chantal Goya says:

    Love those screwball comedies. Too bad the embedded clip couldn’t have been from “Hey Hey In The Hayloft” or “Ants In Your Pants Of 1929.”

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  4. Resolution says:

    If the ball keeps rotating like that in the air and then Woody stops moving is it a balk, or no?

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  5. John Roberts says:

    No Willie Hernandez?

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