Daily Notes: College World Series Is Romp of Emotion

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

1. Breaking: College World Series Is Romp of Emotion
2. Today’s Notable MLB Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Breaking: College World Series Is Romp of Emotion
Regarding the Title of This Post
The title of this post is designed to alert readers to a breaking news story, the substance of which story is that the College World Series — currently ongoing in Omaha, Nebraska, America — is a romp of emotion.

For Example, Why It’s a Romp of Emotion
Allow me to answer that question in the form of multiple Hot GIFs.

Robert Benincasa’s Slidepiece
Here’s Florida State reliever Robert Benincasa’s (7th round, Washington) slider, from a game in which he pitched 4.0 innings of relief, stiking out a third (5 of 15) of the batters he faced.

This Catch by Evan Marzilli
This catch by South Carolina center-fielder Evan Marzilli (8th round, Arizona) came in the 8th inning of SC’s 7-3 win over favored Florida.

Everything Sherman Johnson Does
Florida State senior third baseman Sherman Johnson (14th round, Los Angeles AL) is quickly becoming my favorite college player — even as his team faces elimination. He finished second in Division 1 with 65 walks, plays excellent third base (from what I can tell, although let it be noted that I can’t tell much), and hit a home run in Florida State’s 4-3 loss to Arizona.

This home run:

Today’s Schedule
Here’s today’s schedule. The loser of the first game will be eliminated from the CWS, leaving seven teams. Full CWS schedule is available here. Notes on all four of the following teams can be found here.

• Florida State vs. Stony Brook, 5pm ET

• UCLA vs. Arizona, 9pm ET

Today’s Notable MLB Games
Milwaukee at Minnesota | 14:10 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Zack Greinke starts for the Brewers. Some numbers of his (with rank among 112 qualified starters in parentheses): 27.5% K (4th), 5.6% BB (21st), 52.6% GB (21st), 2.44 SIERA (2nd), 2.34 xFIP (1st), 3.0 WAR (2nd).

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Milwaukee Radio.

Arizona at Los Angeles AL | 15:35 ET
Angels right-hander Garrett Richards makes his third start of the season. His line so far: 13.0 IP, 23.1% K, 13.5% BB, 48.5% GB, 4.15 SIERA, 101 xFIP-, 0.2 WAR. His average fastball velocity: 94.7 mph.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Arizona Radio.

Boston at Chicago NL | 20:00 ET
Sox left-hander Franklin Morales (23.2 IP, 113 xFIP-, 0.2 WAR) makes his first major-league start since 2009, then with Colorado. He does average ca. 95 mph on his four- and two-seamer. He also hasn’t posted a park- and league-adjusted xFIP lower than league average since 2007.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Chicago or Boston 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 5.1.

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
Jeremy Guthrie COL 0 10 4 4 9 DET Max Scherzer 13:05
Brad Lincoln* PIT 6 2 4 4 1 CLE Jeanmar Gomez 13:05
Kyle Kendrick PHI 2 6 4 6 3 TOR Brett Cecil* 13:07
Johnny Cueto CIN 5 4 5 2 4 NYN Chris Young* 13:10
Wei-Yin Chen BAL 4 4 6 7 4 ATL Randall Delgado 13:35
Ivan Nova NYA 7 6 6 4 7 WAS Edwin Jackson 13:35
Josh Johnson MIA 8 2 6 5 5 TB Alex Cobb 13:40
Zack Greinke MIL 10 6 4 3 1 MIN Nick Blackburn 14:10
Luis Mendoza KC 0 5 5 10 8 STL Adam Wainwright 14;15
Dallas Keuchel* HOU 8 5 5 10 5 TEX Colby Lewis 15:05
Ian Kennedy AZ 6 4 8 3 8 LAA Garrett Richards* 15:35
Clayton Richard SD 4 5 3 4 4 OAK Bartolo Colon 16:05
Jose Quintana CHA 4 6 5 5 5 LAN Chris Capuano 16:10
Mad. Bumgarner SF 8 5 6 4 6 SEA Felix Hernandez 16:10
Franklin Morales* BOS 10 5 5 2 3 CHN Paul Maholm 20:00

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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Jim Bouldin

That Arkansas pitcher looked really good yesterday. Unfortunately, I think it’s curtains for Kent State now that they must beat Florida. I give Stony Brook a fighting chance however.