Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.
Featured Game: New York NL at Atlanta, 19:10 ET
The Purpose of This Post, Predominantly
The purpose of this post predominantly is to prolong the author’s employment with FanGraphs, Inc., by another day.
The Purpose of This Post, Less Predominantly
The purpose of this post less predominantly is to announce how largely celebrated right-handed prospect Zack Wheeler is starting this game for the Mets.
Regarding Wheeler, Very Basic Information Concerning Him
Wheeler was drafted sixth overall by the San Francisco Giants out of a Georgia high school in 2009. He was acquired by the Mets in the trade that sent Carlos Beltran to San Francisco in 2011. His stuff is considered to be rather excellent. He’s posted more strikeouts (420) than innings (391.1) as a minor leaguer.
Regarding Wheeler, More Advanced Information Concerning Him
More advanced information concerning Wheeler will appear later today, courtesy real-live prospect analyst Marc Hulet.
Regarding Wheeler, His Place Among Different Prospect Lists
Here’s where Wheeler ranked on assorted notable prospect lists this preseason:
Action Footage: Wheeler’s Curveball
Here’s footage of Wheeler’s curveball to former minor-league teammate Gary Brown from a June 1st game between Mets Triple-A affiliate Las Vegas and Giants affiliate Fresno:
Action Footage: Wheeler’s Changeup, Maybe
Here’s footage of Wheeler’s changeup, maybe — or, of a fastball with considerable run and depth — to Fresno’s Todd Linden, also from that June 1st game:
Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Chicago AL at Minnesota | 20:10 ET
Dylan Axelrod (74.0 IP, 124 xFIP-, 0.5 WAR) faces Mike Pelfrey (64.2 IP, 123 xFIP-, 0.7 WAR). Insofar as any baseball game could potentially offer Entertainment Nonpareil, so could this game between the White Sox and Twins potentially offer Entertainment Nonpareil. Insofar as the game features two below-average pitchers and two below-average offenses, however, it’s not particularly likely.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Minnesota 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 6.1.
Note: the following table is entirely sortable.
|Chris Archer*||TB||6||9||5||9||0||BOS||Alfredo Aceves||13:05|
|Matt Harvey||NYN||10||6||9||8||8||ATL||Alex Wood*||13:10|
|Ervin Santana||KC||7||4||6||7||5||CLE||Ubaldo Jimenez||19:05|
|Hyun-Jin Ryu||LAN||7||2||5||4||5||NYA||Phil Hughes||19:05|
|Ross Detwiler||WAS||4||2||5||2||8||PHI||Cliff Lee||19:05|
|Jeff Francis||COL||6||10||6||5||4||TOR||Esmil Rogers*||19:07|
|Zach Britton*||BAL||4||8||7||7||9||DET||Jus. Verlander||19:08|
|Zack Wheeler*||NYN||14||6||9||8||4||ATL||Paul Maholm||19:10|
|Charlie Morton*||PIT||6||6||6||4||7||CIN||Mat Latos||19:10|
|Jake Odorizzi*||TB||7||9||7||9||5||BOS||Felix Doubront||19:10|
|Jarrod Parker||OAK||3||7||6||3||10||TEX||Yu Darvish||20:05|
|Dylan Axelrod||CHA||1||1||1||3||0||MIN||Mike Pelfrey||20:10|
|Alfredo Figaro*||MIL||8||4||6||3||6||HOU||Jordan Lyles||20:10|
|Jeff Samardzija||CHN||10||5||8||3||9||STL||Ad. Wainwright||20:15|
|Nathan Eovaldi*||MIA||6||1||5||3||7||AZ||Randall Delgado*||21:40|
|Jer. Bonderman*||SEA||5||4||6||6||7||LAA||Joe Blanton||22:05|
|Andrew Cashner||SD||6||8||6||6||5||SF||Matt Cain||22:15|