- Yankees Bolster Their Rotation with Luis Severino
of top prospect Luis Severino may have been the primary reason for the Yankees' inaction. Minutes after the non-waiver trade deadline had passed, Brian Cashman revealed the 21-year-old's next start
- Daily Graphing - Orlando Hernandez
Pending commissioner approval, the White Sox will send Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez to the Diamondbacks along with Luis Vizcaino, and minor league outfielder Chris Young in exchange for Javier
- Daily Notes, Largely Concerning Luis Avilan's Curve
Table of Contents
Here's the table of contents for today's edition of Daily Notes.
1. Featured Pitch: Luis Avilan's Curve
2. Today's Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
- Daily Notes: An Ideal Occasion for Enjoying Felix Hernandez
. Today's Complete Schedule
Featured Game: Seattle at Pittsburgh, 12:35 ET
Regarding This Game, One of Its Virtues
One of the virtues of this game is how, in Felix Hernandez (50.2 IP, 65 xFIP-, 1.6
- I Alone Can Make Felix Hernandez Great Again
would lose his command entirely in the span of two innings, but the numbers say that’s exactly what has happened.
Mariners fans may recall that in 2009, Hernandez began to add a Luis Tiant/Fernando
- Luis Perdomo Dislikes Thrillers
Back in the early part of the summer I wrote about Padres’ long-man Luis Perdomo. To call him a mop-up man is being generous. His average leverage index is 0.26, which is almost half of the next
- Luis Valbuena: Bueno, or No?
This is an article about Luis Valbuena. What follows might be rendered moot if Kris Bryant wins the Cubs' third base job out of spring training next year. Even if Bryant doesn't do so, he's probably
- A Luis Severino Update
After his first nine Major League starts, Luis Severino has somehow failed to excite any of us RotoGraphers enough to convince us to write an article about him. So here it is, finally. Before
- FanGraphs Audio: In the Clubhouse with Luis Exposito
David Laurila, curator of FanGraphs’ Q&A Series, talks to catcher Luis Exposito, who recently made his major-league debut with Baltimore not long after being DFA'd by Boston.
- An Apology to Luis Valbuena and Dioner Navarro
Luis Valbuena struggles against fastballs, and is Michael-Jackson-bad against all other pitches. In an alternate world in which the Cubs actually cared about the difference between 61 and 65 wins
- Luis Valbuena a potential asset in 2017
I've written about Luis Valbuena a couple of different times this winter: once in regard to the third basemen available on the free agent market and then again as a comparison against Chase Headley
- Scouting Lewis Brinson and Luis Ortiz
be the first to compare Luis Ortiz's build to that of Rich Garces, and I won't be the last, for it is apt. Ortiz is 6-foot-3 and pushing 250 and obviously lacks any modicum of physical projection
- Pursue the Next Ayala, Not Luis Himself
Jim Bowden tweeted over the weekend that six teams were pursuing reliever Luis Ayala. The list of suitors included progressive teams like the Red Sox, Yankees, Rays and Blue Jays. Since these teams
- Should the Phillies Sign Luis Castillo?
The news that the Mets had released Luis Castillo this morning was hardly a shock, as it has been speculated on for months now - neither side was particularly happy with the marriage, and the Mets
- Luis Valbuena to Take Flight in LA
farm system to provide depth.
That brings us to Luis Valbuena, who officially signed a two-year, $15 million deal with the Angels on Tuesday. For a player who has averaged 2.1 WAR during the last
- Luis Valbuena: Toronto's Starting 2B?
starting second baseman in Luis Valbuena. Valbuena, 26 this week, had no shot at meaningful playing time while stuck behind Asdrubal Cabrera and Jason Kipnis, and he has done his best Juan Castro
- Happy Birthday, Keith Hernandez
In honor of the 58th birthday of Keith Hernandez -- board-certified Magnificent Bastard -- I'm re-posting Rob Perri's objectively perfect short film titled "I'm Keith Hernandez." I might just make
- Historical GIF: Luis Tiant's Father, 1975
Some men smoke a cigarette after making love. Other, more virile men -- like Luis Tiant, Sr., for example -- smoke a cigarette while making love. It's a practice borne out of necessity, of course
- Feast of St. Hernandez the Prolific
Hernandez throws a pitch called The Leg of the Devil.
Today, February 20th, we acknowledge and celebrate the life of Hernandez the Prolific.
Hernandez the Prolific
Life: A Cuban emigre
- The Cultural Importance of Keith Hernandez
Some younger fans might think of Keith Hernandez as nothing more than the guy who sawed logs in the Mets' broadcast booth. But back in the day, Hernandez was -- and affected eloquence has no place
- Keith Hernandez Is Not Himself
The Hollywood, California picture-show movie executive thought he was making a demand that would be met. "You'll play yourself," he thundered at Keith Hernandez and then offered a liver-spotted hand
- Angel Hernandez Is Scaring You
This is a video still of third-base umpire Angel Hernandez, from the 8th inning of last night's Indians-Royals game.
As someone who watched this game in its entirety, I can assure you
- Side by Side: Liriano and Hernandez
They say that 50 is the new 40, but I like to say that Francisco Liriano is the new Felix Hernandez. Seattle's Hernandez made a splash in his major debut last year, going 4-4 with a 2.67 ERA
- Rays Sign Roberto Hernandez
The Rays began life after James Shields in earnest with their first transaction since the big move Wednesday. The club is reportedly close to inking pitcher Roberto Hernandez -- formerly and better
- Mustache Watch: Keith Hernandez
Breaking mustache news in The New York Times last week:
Keith Hernandez’s mustache has rarely left its perch below his nose in his adult life. It is the thicker, longer cousin to his eyebrows
- Welcome To The Show, David Hernandez
are in town to take on the Orioles. Making his major league debut, David Hernandez will be starting for the O's.
Hernandez is one of those divisive prospects who puts up numbers that dwarf his
- Livan Hernandez's Crazy Streak
Since 1998, three things have been constant: death, taxes, and Livan Hernandez starting at least 30 Major League Baseball games. Hernandez, despite bouncing between eight teams in these 12 seasons
- Roberto Hernandez is Not Fausto Carmona
Yes, well obviously Roberto Hernandez is not Fausto Carmona. The name Fausto Carmona belongs to someone else, and though the history of Cleveland Indians starting pitcher "Fausto Carmona" belongs
- Is Felix Hernandez Hurting?
Fresh off of the worst start of his career, Felix Hernandez is in the rundown for every baseball show on television. Often so far, the producer's notes have asked the analysts to wonder if the team
- Iannetta, Hernandez: Catchers On The Move
continue to be among the top half of fantasy catchers next season.
To replace Iannetta the Rockies signed veteran Ramon Hernandez. The soon to be 36-year-old hasn’t collected more than 352 plate
- Going Bananas for Kiké Hernandez
Kendrick’s hamstring strain will leave sidelined for at least three weeks.
Enrique Hernandez (aka Kike, pronounced Key-kay) was essentially a throw-in piece in the Dee Gordon-Andrew Heaney deal
- Felix Hernandez's Velocity
Last week, the Seattle Mariners inked their ace, Felix Hernandez, to a $175 million extension for the next seven years. The dominating righty will be entering his age-27 season this year, meaning
- The Curious Case of Felix Hernandez
During last night's Fantasy Baseball Roundtable radio show that I participate in every Wednesday night, I was asked in one of our regular segments whether Felix Hernandez would remain an effective
- Belated Bat-Flip Coverage: Luis Valbuena Singles
For years, Luis Valbuena's minor-league resume seemed to suggest that he could develop into an entirely serviceable major-league infielder. For almost as many years, that didn't happen
- Felix Hernandez and Missing Velocity
When Felix Hernandez broke into the Majors as a 19-year-old, he threw the ball really hard. Here's the Pitch F/x plot of his start against the Oakland A's on April 2nd, 2007, the first for which we
- Felix Hernandez and the AL MVP
candidacy, but in running through the other candidates for AL MVP, I wrote this:
Robinson Cano only has eight home runs and will probably split any votes he might get with Felix Hernandez, who would
- Felix Hernandez's Ominous Company
Let's talk about the King. Felix Hernandez lost his start on opening day. In one sense, it was just the same old Mariners -- Felix allowed one earned run, and literally just one hit, a fly-ball
- Q&A: Felix Hernandez
Few, if any, hurlers combine overpowering stuff and pitching acumen quite like Felix Hernandez. The Mariners workhorse has dominated the American League each of the past two-plus seasons, going
- Felix Hernandez Is Not Right
It has only been three starts, but already after starts one and two, my FanGraphs colleagues have sounded the alarm bells on Felix Hernandez. Now it's my turn to speculate after outing number three
- Felix Hernandez and Situational Pitching
We've got a lot of weeks ahead of debating Felix Hernandez vs. Corey Kluber, as the Cy Young race seems like it ought to be a dead heat. Several different elements come into play, and to be perfectly
- Felix Hernandez's Other Weapon
Wednesday afternoon in Tampa Bay, Felix Hernandez wrapped up a complete-game shutout. It was just his second in the past three seasons, but you shouldn't let that fool you. He's one of the best
- Luis Severino, a Changeup, and a Little Bit of Luck
Luis Severino had a great 2015 in his two-month debut, and was supposed to take a big step forward in 2016. Luis Severino took a big step backward in 2016. He was sent back to Triple-A in May
- Luis Valbuena: Future New York Yankee?
ago. Justin Turner is obviously the only true prize of the bunch, but I did also note that Luis Valbuena could be an intriguing option for a number of teams, due to the pop and approach that he brings
- Luis Perdomo: The Ultimate Low-Leverage Reliever
Everyone suspected Luis Perdomo’s usage and the score of the game would have a relationship built upon by managerial artifice and desire to slowly transition Perdomo from Double-A to the majors. Thus
- Cubs Swap Luis Valbuena for Dexter Fowler
surprised that the Cubs shipped Luis Valbuena to the Astros in exchange for Dexter Fowler and Dan Straily.
Valbuena and Fowler are somewhat similar players, as both draw a lot of walks and have average
- Luis Sardinas: Best SS You've Never Heard Of
In heading to Greenville, South Carolina for an early September pair to see the Hickory Crawdads (Rangers), no prospect interested me more than shortstop Luis Sardinas. A few days earlier, a contact
- Luis Cruz & Johnny Giavotella: Deep League WW
are a pair of middle infielders who might actually contribute.
Luis Cruz | LAD SS/3B | CBS 11% Owned
Cruz has been a career minor leaguer, racking up an astounding 4,891 plate appearances
- Luis Severino and Defining the Debut Adrenaline Effect
league debut was full of butterflies for Owens. And so it was for Luis Severino. Just in a different way than most.
We don't have the debut date for every pitcher in the PITCHf/x era, but we do
- Luis Valbuena Is Suddenly A Line-Drive Machine
Despite extremely low ownership rates (5% Yahoo, 3.5% ESPN, 14% CBS), Luis Valbuena has performed well enough so far this season to make himself mixed-league relevant. The 28-year-old currently owns
- Ariel Hernandez Might Already Be Elite
named Ariel Hernandez showed up for the first time. He was tasked with some early innings in relief of an unsuccessful starter. Although it's never easy to make one's first-ever big-league pitches, some
- Livan Hernandez: Beginnings, Ends, and Middles
It would be hard to call Livan Hernandez's retirement surprising, but some people such as myself were probably a bit taken aback because we assumed he had already retired. That is not meant
- The Value of Ramon Hernandez is Dropping Fast
on the wall and it's only a matter of time before Ramon Hernandez becomes a wasted pick for you. Wilin Rosario is the catcher-of-the-future in Colorado and when he made the 25-man roster over this past
- Phillies Grab Whatever Roberto Hernandez Is
is and isn't sustainable. All of us want to be fortune tellers.
The Phillies signed Roberto Hernandez today, as a starting pitcher. He's going to get a base salary around $4.5 million, and with incentives he
- Orioles Pick Hernandez Over Tillman
that David Hernandez, and not Tillman, would be the team's fifth starter. Tillman will head down to AAA where he can continue honing his craft with an eye at a mid-season call-up.
- Nothing to Say About Angel Hernandez
ball to have bounced off a railing behind the official yellow line. The video was conclusive -- Rosales hit a home run, and the A's had the game tied. Then Angel Hernandez and the umpiring crew re
- Colorado Selects Hernandez as Bridge to Rosario
will replace Iannetta at backstop with the second move, the signing of Ramon Hernandez to a two-year, $6.5 million contract.
As far as catchers go, it's difficult to find any with the on-base
- Comparing Livan Hernandez and Randy Johnson
Prior to the start of the 2009 season, the thought of comparing Livan Hernandez and Randy Johnson was ludicrous. Mets fans rolled their eyes when the club signed Hernandez while Giants fans were
- Contract Crowdsourcing 2013-14: Roberto Hernandez
is likely to receive, FanGraphs is also requesting that readers make note of how much they'd pay each free agent were they, themselves, actual GMs.
In this edition: Robert Hernandez.
- Roberto Hernandez Heads to the Land of Cheesesteak
No, not the Roberto Hernandez who saved 326 games and spent his career in the bullpen, silly. It's the Roberto Hernandez who became the artist formerly known as Fausto Carmona of course! After
- Felix Hernandez - Taking It To The Next Level?
performance of some of the game's elite, and determine whether they in fact have taken things to the next level. Today, Felix Hernandez.
Since his arrival at the major league level in 2005 at age
- The Daily Grind: Hernandez, Conger, Eaton
Farnsworth on Hernandez
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Hutchison, Fister, Conger, Eaton
1. Farnsworth on Hernandez
Colleague and hitting guru
- Numbers as Narrative: Bell, Hernandez, Pujols
, or Wikipedia. Is he okay?
David Hernandez, RHSP, Baltimore
Let's play a game. The game is called One of These Things Is not Like the Other. The first thing you do is look at some numbers. Second
- Felix Hernandez, Superstars, and Frictional Costs
are apparently set to sign Felix Hernandez to the largest contract ever given to a Major League pitcher. The total commitment is $175 million over seven years. It's a staggering amount for a guy who wasn't
- We've Never Seen This Felix Hernandez
I recognize that this is a sensitive subject at a lousy time. I mean, the Mariners are winning, winning on a fairly sustained basis, and Felix Hernandez owns a lower ERA than Stephen Strasburg
- Nickname Seeks Player: Livan Hernandez
- Scouting Cuban OFs Luis Moiran Robert, Julio Pablo Martinez
as a supplement to this week's July 2 content, as both of them would fall under the J2 bonus guidelines were they to leave Cuba.
Luis Moiran Robert, OF, 6'2, 180, R/R
Robert (the second syllable
- Trevor Plouffe and Luis Perez: Deep League Waiver Wire
average. He has a little bit of speed, so could swipe a couple of bases, but you're really just banking on some long balls from Plouffe.
Luis Perez, TOR SP | 3% Owned
After pitching as a starter
- Deep League Third Base: Luis Valbuena and Ed Lucas
One of those answers seemed to be waiver wire darling Luis Valbuena, who through April and May was hitting .264/.372/.464 with six home runs and 17 RBI. He was a player that seemed to have decent
- Livan Hernandez and the Strike Zone He Made
As our own brilliant and enviably popular Jeff Sullivan demonstrated recently, Livan Hernandez -- who announced his retirement on Wednesday -- survived in baseball for 17 years by making his own
- Felix Hernandez Reportedly Getting Blockbuster Contract
At present, Felix Hernandez, Justin Verlander, and Clayton Kershaw are three of the very greatest starting pitchers in the game. They're also all two years away from free-agent eligibility, so
- Scouting Report: St. Paul Saints' Jose Hernandez
and trivia and people getting dunked in cottage cheese between the innings, but I pay more attention than most to what's going on during the game. It's because of this that I got to see Jose Hernandez
- Nickname Seeks Player: Vote on "Livan Hernandez"
. Which player should be nicknamed "Liván Hernández"? Make with the democracy below ...
Which player should be nicknamed "Livan Hernandez"?
- No Signs of Decline from Felix Hernandez... Yet
He's 27, so maybe it's not surprising. But over 1800 innings into his career, Felix Hernandez isn't really showing any signs of decline yet. Well, if you ignore one stat.
Far from declining
- Projecting Astros Call-Up Teoscar Hernandez
Teoscar Hernandez has always possessed an enticing combination of power and speed. His primary flaw, however, has been his inability to make contact. In 2014, he belted 21 homers and stole 33 bags
- Cesar Hernandez and the Short-Hitter Power Struggle
about lower-power guys moving up the ladder, and guys who previously just slapped the ball around learning to punish mistakes.
Which brings us to Cesar Hernandez. The Phillies second baseman
- Cesar Hernandez & Xavier Scruggs: Deep League Wire
, the players listed in this column are better suited for mono leagues, and the ownership percentages are by way of CBS.
Cesar Hernandez / 2B/3B/SS / Philadelphia Phillies / 11%
Take it from this Mets
- Baseball Card Tourney: Backman vs Hernandez
on. This week we have two classic Mets figures going head to head. Could we have another fire and ice pairing? Looks like it.
#2 1981 Donruss Keith Hernandez
Listen, the stratedery is clear. I've got
- Christian Vazquez & Enrique Hernandez: Deep League Wire
that by saying they should have an excellent offense -- and he should garner the majority of the at-bats behind the plate. In a deep league, that's all you need to warrant an add.
- Felix Hernandez, John Jaso Outwit the Rays
Felix Hernandez's perfect game on Wednesday was a testament to both his excellent stuff, but also a well-deserved outcome for an excellent game plan executed by he and catcher John Jaso. A former Ray
- Felix Hernandez and His Fastball, Part 1
an open letter to then-Mariners Pitching Coach Rafael Chaves pleading with him to modify the game plan for Felix Hernandez when it came to starting out games. Namely, Dave pointed out
- Astros Release Livan Hernandez, Braves Swoop In
In perhaps the fasteset set of transactions I've ever seen, the Astros announced that they were releasing Livan Hernandez at 12:07 pm eastern time, and then Jon Heyman reported that Livan was signing
- The Daily Grind: Prep, Gio, Odorizzi, Hernandez
DFS Prep Pt 1 - Weather
Daily DFS - Gio, TBD
Tomorrow's Targets - Odorizzi, Nova, Johnson, Hernandez
1. DFS Prep Pt 1 - Weather
A common question I receive
- Mixing Fantasy & Reality: Hernandez, Arrieta, & Others
sporadic over the next few weeks as I deal with the situation.
Putting a value on Felix Hernandez
I am not going to sugar coat this, the 30-year-old is performing like he is done as a fantasy
- Roberto Hernandez & Marcell Ozuna: Deep Waiver Wire
that was just called up.
Roberto Hernandez | TAM SP | 8% Owned
The artist formerly known as Fausto Carmona is back with a new name and pitch mix. On the main FanGraphs blog, we have already
- Felix Hernandez and His Fastball, Part 2
and soak that in first; on average, 16 of the first 20 pitches that Hernandez offers at the beginning of a game are a fastball. That's predictability to an extreme and if I can spot it, you better be sure
- Clayton Kershaw, Felix Hernandez and Appreciating Greatness
It's probably not earth-shattering to point out that Clayton Kershaw and Felix
- Felix Hernandez and His Fastball, Part 3
Continuing from the past few days, I this time separated Felix Hernandez's starts based on the percentage of fastballs he threw within the first 20 pitches. Five times during the season Felix throw
- How Much Did Felix Hernandez Solve?
on track. In Chicago, Rick Porcello returned to the Red Sox and spun seven shutout innings, after entering with an ERA near 6. And Felix Hernandez turned in an effective outing at home against
- How Much Hope Is Appropriate for Felix Hernandez?
Felix Hernandez looks like a new man. He's created a new self because he wants to more closely resemble his old self, the self that ranked consistently among the best pitchers in baseball
- Mixing Fantasy & Reality: Hernandez, Wendle, & Jones
Wendle’s. I may take a chance on the 24-year-old in 15-team or deeper leagues with the hope of 10 home runs and 15 stolen bases.
Teoscar Hernandez: What do we know so far?
I am a little behind
- Keith Hernandez Mustache Watch Breaking News Follow-Up
Three weeks ago, the New York Times ran an incredibly important article about Keith Hernandez's mustache that, of course, we here at NotGraphs had to cover.
This past weekend, the crucial
- Livan Hernandez, Who Made His Own Strike Zone
Livan Hernandez is retiring, officially. Two things: Hernandez didn't pitch in 2013. And Matt Klaassen is already writing something up about his career. Which means this is two posts about Livan
- Audio: Michael Wacha Scouting Report c/o Keith Hernandez
Pitching against the Mets on Wednesday, Cardinals right-handed prospect Michael Wacha recorded five strikeouts in 3.0 innings.
Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez was impressed by Wacha's outing
- Position Battles: Mets' 5th Starter, Pt. 3: Livan Hernandez
our attention to the man with a recent track record perhaps more dubious than either Garcia's or Redding's: Livan Hernandez.
Hernandez, who turned 34 this past week, has racked up an astonishing
- LINK: Angel Hernandez, Lousy Minor League Umpire in 1991
You've probably heard that MLB umpire Angel Hernandez is in the news again, because he's awful at his job and does embarrassing things to the sport on a too regular basis. You may also know
- Video Replay Reveals: Angel Hernandez an Actual Angel, of Death
Upon reviewing video of Wednesday night's controversial ninth-inning hit by Oakland's Adam Rosales, Major League Baseball has determined that umpire Angel Hernandez is a paranormal and likely
- Let's Consider Eric Gregg and Livan Hernandez in the 1997 NLCS
but still somewhat often make references to Livan Hernandez. References to Livan Hernandez often lead to recollections of the 1997 NLCS, and Eric Gregg's strike zone in Game 5. Consensus
- The Year Cesar Hernandez Hit Three Ground-Ball Triples
to the loyal FanGraphs reader. We do this kind of thing all the time. We notice a player trying something new and try to determine if it's meaningful. This article will subject Cesar Hernandez’s 2016 season
- Roberto Hernandez: New Name, New Team, New Pitcher?
Not long ago, Roberto Hernandez was considered to be an up-and-coming starter for the Cleveland Indians. He was also known as Fausto Carmona. But regardless of what it said across his back, his 3.06
- NERD Game Scores: David Price, Felix Hernandez Spectacular
Highly Rated Game
Seattle at Detroit | 19:08 ET
Felix Hernandez (180.1 IP, 62 xFIP-, 6.2 WAR) faces David Price (185.1 IP, 71 xFIP-, 4.0 WAR). The former is the prohibitive favorite for this year's Cy
- What Zack Greinke Learned from Felix Hernandez Exactly
is great -- says that Greinke is "pulling a Felix Hernandez" and the fact that the pitch is getting harder and finding great results even as it's thrown more is a strong point in that favor. So, too
- NERD Game Scores: Entirely Gratis Felix Hernandez Event
Highly Rated Game
Seattle at Chicago AL | 14:10 ET
Felix Hernandez (128.1 IP, 61 xFIP-, 4.8 WAR) faces Jose Quintana (104.2 IP, 88 xFIP-, 2.6 WAR). After his most recent appearance, the former has now
- Stock Rising: David Hernandez, A.J. Reed and Derek Dietrich
first baseman whose path is looking clearer every day and a Swiss Army Knife whose ownership is criminally low.
David Hernandez - RP - Philadelphia Phillies (CBS: 14%, ESPN: 6.2%, Yahoo!: 20
- Let's Watch Felix Hernandez and Mike Trout Face Off Forever
Mike Trout is the best baseball player, so he's automatically interesting. Felix Hernandez is probably not one of the best baseball players, but he has been recently enough that he remains