Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
Assorted Notes on the Futures Game
A Note on Right-Thinking People Everywhere, Their Opinions
It’s the opinion of right-thinking people everywhere that the Futures Game — which occurs tonight (Sunday) at 5pm ET — is the very best (and/or, perhaps, only tolerable) thing about the All-Star break and its attendant festivities.
A Note on Wrong-Thinking People Everywhere, Their Opinions
With regard to wrong-thinking people and their opinions, the author has considerably less to say — except that they (i.e. wrong-thinking people) are very likely responsible for the design and manufacture of the PT Cruiser.
The Futures Games, Some Information About It
The Futures Game, for those who are unacquainted with it, is a contest between the very best American-born and also other-country-born prospects in baseball. It is, for example, the medium by which the author was first introduced to the athletic stylings of an 18-year-old Mike Trout.
Video of a Thing Mike Trout Did
Here’s video of the double Mike Trout hit, for example, in the aforementiond 2010 Futures Game:
Starting Lineups for Tonight’s Game
Here, presented in the form of an internet table, are the starting lineups for tonight’s game:
|SP||Jake Odorizzi, KC||Yordano Ventura, KC|
|C||Tommy Joseph, SF||Christian Bethancourt, ATL|
|1B||Jonathan Singleton, HOU||Jesus Aguilar, CLE|
|2B||Kolten Wong, STL||Jean Segura, LAA|
|3B||Mike Olt, TEX||Wilmer Flores, NYM|
|SS||Billy Hamilton, CIN||Jurickson Profar, TEX|
|LF||Michael Choice, OAK||Alfredo Marte, ARI|
|CF||Anthony Gose, TOR||Jae-Hoon Ha, CHN|
|RF||Wil Myers, KC||Oscar Taveras, STL|
|DH||Nick Castellanos, DET||Xander Bogaerts, BOS|
Three Players With Whom the Reader Might Be Unacquainted
Here are three players from the above list with whom the reader might be unacquainted: Jesus Aguilar, Jae-Hoon Ha, and Alfredo Marte
Notes on Those Same Players
Here are brief notes on those same three players:
• Jesus Aguilar, 22, is a giant (listed at 6-3, 241) first-base prospect in the Cleveland system with good raw power but maybe little else. Here’s his line this season at High-A Carolina: 316 PA, .305/.389/.518 (.365 BABIP).
• Jae-Hoon Ha, 21, is an outfield prospect in the Chicago (NL) system. Originally signed as a catcher, he has, according to Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper, “developed into one of the best defensive outfielders in the system.” Here’s his line from Double-A Tennessee: 350 PA, .259/.326/.353 (.311 BABIP).
• Alfredo Marte, 23, is an outfield prospect in the Arizona system. His line at Double-A Mobile: 253 PA, .295/.368/.589 (.305 BABIP). Though his power appears to have arrived this year (15 HR), note that his home park, per StatCorner, allows home runs at a rate 25% higher than the Southern League average.
ESPN2, 5pm ET
Other Notable Games
Kansas City at Detroit | 13:05 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Right-hander Max Scherzer starts for Detroit. His line this season: 90.1 IP, 28.9% K, 8.1% BB, 38.4% GB, 3.08 SIERA, 78 xFIP-, 1.7 WAR. That’s the second-highest strikeout rate among the league’s century of qualified starters. Scherzer’s average fastball (93.8 mph) is the sixth-highest among that same group.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Detroit Radio.
Los Angeles NL at Arizona |16:10 ET
Diamondbacks right-handed prospect Trevor Bauer, who starts this afternoon, has not had the proverbial — or even the literal — Great Success (7.1 IP, 158 xFIP-) as of yet. That makes neither he, nor the narrative surrounding him, any less appealing as of now, yet.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Arizona 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 5.3.
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.
|Everett Teaford*||KC||3||5||6||4||10||DET||Max Scherzer||13:05|
|James Shields||TB||8||4||8||4||7||CLE||Zach McAllister||13:05|
|Ryan Dempster||CHN||6||2||5||2||7||NYN||Jonathon Niese||13:10|
|Jair Jurrjens||ATL||0||8||3||5||6||PHI||Vance Worley||13:35|
|Jeremy Guthrie||COL||1||10||4||6||8||WAS||J. Zimmermann||13:35|
|Tim Lincecum||SF||7||4||7||4||7||PIT||A.J. Burnett||13:35|
|Zack Greinke||MIL||9||7||4||4||3||HOU||Jordan Lyles||14:05|
|Brett Cecil||TOR||3||7||3||5||2||CHA||Dylan Axelrod||14:10|
|Anibal Sanchez||MIA||7||3||6||10||5||STL||Joe Kelly||14:15|
|Wei-Yin Chen||BAL||4||2||5||5||6||LAA||Eric Hurley*||15:35|
|Johnny Cueto||CIN||6||3||4||5||4||SD||Jason Marquis||16:05|
|Felix Hernandez||SEA||8||3||5||4||4||OAK||Bartolo Colon||16:05|
|Chris Capuano||LAN||6||2||8||6||10||AZ||Trevor Bauer*||16:10|
|Cole DeVries||MIN||2||4||4||10||8||TEX||Roy Oswalt*||19:05|
|Ivan Nova||NYA||6||6||7||5||7||BOS||Jon Lester||20:05|