Daily Notes: Two Notable Rookie Performances from Saturday

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

1. Two Notable Rookie Performances from Saturday
2. Today’s Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Two Notable Rookie Performances from Saturday
Two rookie pitchers made notable appearances on Saturday. What follows is Priceless Information regarding both.

Player: Danny Farquhar, RHP, Seattle (Profile)
Line: 2.2 IP, 8 TBF, 5 K, 0 BB, 1 GB on 3 batted-balls, 0.36 xFIP
Notes: Having been dominant so far this season at Triple-A Tacoma (20.0 IP, 30 K, 4 BB), the 26-year-old Farquhar was promoted Friday. Saturday’s 2.2-inning relief performance represented the right-hander’s major-league debut. Farquhar’s 0.36 xFIP was the lowest among any pitcher to record more than a single inning of work on Saturday. He sat at 92-96 with his four-seam fastball and complemented it what what appears to be a cutter or slider and also a slower (ca. 80 mph) curve. Of the 17 pitches classified by Brooks Baseball as four-seam fastballs, Farquhar recorded four swinging strikes.

Here’s a fastball for a strikeout against Mark Reynolds in the seventh inning:

Farq Reynolds

And another to Drew Stubbs for a strikeout in the following inning:

Farq Stubbs

Player: Tom Koehler, RHP, Miami (Profile)
Line: 6.0 IP, 23 TBF, 7 K, 2 BB, 9 GB on 14 batted-balls, 2.66 xFIP
Notes: Making just his third career major-league start, Koehler posted the lowest single-game xFIP among all starters on Saturday, en route to conceding just a single run in six innings against Arizona. Of note: his fastball sat in the 91-95 mph range, and he was still hitting 94, it appears, towards the end of his appearance. Though he threw it only six times, his cutter/slider was quite effective, inducing three swinging strikes.

Here he is throwing it to Paul Goldschmidt in the first inning on an 0-1 count:

Koehler GS

And again, on a 1-2 count, for the strikeout — in slow motion, in this case:

Koehler GS 2

Today’s Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
Seattle at Cleveland ***MLB.TV Free Game*** | 13:05 ET
Conveniently, today’s most watchable game is also its free-est one. Felix Hernandez (64.2 IP, 65 xFIP-, 2.2 WAR) faces Justin Masterson (63.0 IP, 91 xFIP-, 1.4 WAR). The latter has posted so far what would be a career-best strikeout rate (23.2%) — and what is about six percentage points higher than his established level between 2010 and 2012.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Cleveland Radio.

Detroit at Texas | 20:05 ET
Were the Steamer and ZiPS projections systems to play out the remainder of the season — and not the actual players in the major leagues themselves — these two clubs would likely share the distinction of best record in baseball.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Texas 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 4.9.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.

Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Felix Hernandez SEA 10 6 8 9 6 CLE Ju. Masterson 13:05
R.A. Dickey TOR 9 4 7 5 6 NYA CC Sabathia 13:05
Wade Miley AZ 4 4 3 0 3 MIA Ricky Nolasco 13:10
Homer Bailey CIN 9 5 5 0 3 PHI Jon. Pettibone 13:35
Lucas Harrell HOU 0 4 2 7 2 PIT Jeff Locke 13:35
Matt Magill* LAN 4 2 5 8 6 ATL Mike Minor 13:35
Matt Moore TB 5 7 5 8 3 BAL Chris Tillman 13:35
John Lackey BOS 7 8 5 3 2 MIN Pe. Hernandez 14:10
Kyle Lohse MIL 5 6 5 2 6 STL John Gast* 14:15
Dillon Gee NYN 3 7 4 4 4 CHN Travis Wood 14:20
Jake Peavy CHA 8 0 5 5 3 LAA Jason Vargas 15:35
Luis Mendoza KC 4 6 5 6 5 OAK A.J. Griffin 16:05
Barry Zito SF 2 6 4 8 3 COL Juan Nicasio 16:10
Dan Haren WAS 4 2 4 5 5 SD And. Cashner 16:10
Doug Fister DET 6 7 7 4 9 TEX Derek Holland 20:05

To learn how Pitcher and Team NERD Scores are calculated, 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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