Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
The College World Series, Important Knowledge About
The Things That Happened on Friday
The College World Series — which you’ll watch this evening and like watching — began last (Friday) night. Northeastern upstarts Stony Brook lost to UCLA, 9-1 (box). In the second game, Arizona beat Florida State by a score of 4-3 in 12 innings (box).
What That All Means
What that means is, is UCLA and Arizona will now face each other on Sunday night as part of the “winners bracket” of the double-elimination tournament. Northeastern upstarts Stony Brook will play Florida State on Sunday, as well. The loser of that latter game will be eliminated.
How the Author Feels
The author feels like, despite their loss, Florida State still has a pretty good chance of making it to the championship finals.
What Makes Him Feel That Way
What makes him feel that way is a combo package of excellent center fielder James Ramsey and also wild speculation — with a decided emphasis on the latter.
Here’s today’s schedule:
• Kent State vs. Arkansas, 5pm ET
• South Carolina vs. Florida, 9pm ET
Regarding Where One Might Read Captivating Notes on All These Teams
In this captivating post, written by You-Know-Who: link.
Regarding Where an Individual Might Watch Said Games
It appears as though both games are available on ESPN — and also online at Watch ESPN.
Notable MLB Games
Baltimore at Atlanta | 19:15 ET
Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy, who pitches tonight, is throwing almost precisely the same pitch mix — with roughly the same movement — as last year, but has seen a pretty large decline in his strikeout rate (28.6% in 2011, 20.5% now) and rise in his ground-ball rate (33.8%, 41.5%). He has, one finds, lost 1 mph on his fastball.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Atlanta Radio.
Boston at Chicago NL | 19:15 ET
Jeff Samardzija has been quite good (72.2 IP, 88 xFIP- 1.8 WAR) this season, but maybe less good over his last couple starts. To wit: 8.2 IP, 47 TBF, 14.9% K, 12.8% BB, 47.1% GB, 4.81 SIERA, 121 xFIP-, 0.2 WAR.
Broadcast: Boston or Chicago NL Radio.
Chicago AL at Los Angeles NL | 20:10 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
NL West Status Update: the Dodgers (41-24) are currently 4.0 games ahead of the Giants (37-28). By WAR record, it’s much closer, however. By WAR, the Dodgers have been 38.6-26.4; the Giants, 37.4-27.6.That’s just a bit more than a game separating them, in that case.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Los Angeles NL.
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 5.3.
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.
|Andy Pettitte||NYA||9||6||7||4||8||WAS||Jor. Zimmermann||14:20|
|Cliff Lee||PHI||10||5||7||6||3||TOR||Ricky Romero||13:07|
|Michael Fiers*||MIL||7||6||5||3||6||MIN||Liam Hendriks*||14:10|
|Bruce Chen||KC||4||5||6||10||8||STL||Joe Kelly*||14:15|
|Christian Friedrich||COL||9||10||6||4||6||DET||Doug Fister||16:05|
|A.J. Burnett||PIT||8||2||4||4||0||CLE||Ubaldo Jimenez||16:05|
|Ross Ohlendorf*||SD||5||6||3||3||2||OAK||Tyson Ross||16:05|
|Jason Hammel||BAL||7||4||7||6||4||ATL||Brandon Beachy||19:15|
|Jon Lester||BOS||6||5||7||2||10||CHN||Jeff Samardzija||19:15|
|Homer Bailey||CIN||5||4||6||2||7||NYN||Jonathon Niese||19:15|
|Lucas Harrell||HOU||4||5||5||10||8||TEX||Justin Grimm*||19:15|
|Anibal Sanchez||MIA||7||3||6||5||8||TB||James Shields||19:15|
|Joe Saunders||AZ||2||4||3||3||3||LAA||Ervin Santana||20:05|
|Philip Humber||CHA||3||6||4||5||5||LAN||Chad Billingsley||22:10|
|Tim Lincecum||SF||6||5||4||5||3||SEA||Kevin Millwood||22:10|