Daily Notes: A Brief Guide to Yusmeiro Petit’s Start Today by Carson Cistulli September 11, 2013 Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes. 1. A Brief Guide to Yusmeiro Petit’s Start Today 2. Today’s Complete Schedule A Brief Guide to Yusmeiro Petit’s Start Today Introduction In his most recent start, on September 6th against Arizona, 28-year-old Giants right-hander and former half-prospect Yusmeiro Petit retired the first 26 opposing batters he faced en route to a one-hit shutout of the Diamondbacks (box). Notably, this wasn’t even Petit’s most impressive recent start, so far his defense-independent marks are concerned: on September 1st, also against Arizona, he produced a 1.59 single-game xFIP in 6.0 innings (box). On Wednesday, Petit makes his fourth major-league start (and fifth appearance) of the season — in this case, as ***MLB.TV’s Free Game*** at 3:45pm ET against Colorado. What follows is a brief summary of Petit’s repertoire in preparation for his start today. Petit’s Repertoire, Last Start According to the PITCHf/x chart here (featuring speed versus horizontal movement), it appears as though Petit threw four pitches, predominantly — a fastball at 86-90 mph; a slider-cutter situation at 82-85 mph; a slower curve at 74-78 mph, approximately; and then, thrice, a changeup at 80-82 mph. Action Footage: Petit’s Fastball At 91.2 mph, this fastball — to strike out Paul Goldschmidt swinging — is the hardest Petit threw in his start against Arizona. Like other fastballs he threw, however, it features considerably less arm-side run than those belonging to other major leaguers’ — only about 3.5 inches’ worth. Action Footage: Petit’s Slider-Cutter Situation Petit throws a pitch that’s frequently referred to as — including by the pitcher himself, it seems — a cutter, although, given the offering’s speed and break, a batter is unlikely to distinguish it much from a traditional slider. Here’s an example of the pitch from the seventh inning of Petit’s September 6th start — an 83-mph first strike to outfielder A.J. Pollock. Action Footage: Petit’s Curve Petit’s curve has the same general shape as his cutter. Here’s an example of the former, at 77 mph, to strike out rookie Chris Owings for the first out in the ninth. Action Footage: Petit’s Changeup Despite the fact that Arizona started three left-handed regulars, plus a left-handed-batting pitcher, Petit used his changeup sparingly against the Diamondbacks lineup. Here’s one of the three total he threw — in this case, at 77 mph but with little depth, to Corbin in the third inning. 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. Note that these NERD scores are calculated using the methodology introduced recently and designed to account for the influence of playoff odds on the watchability of games. ***Unlike in recent iterations of this table, the author has adjusted the day’s NERD Game Scores such that, combined, they average 5.0.*** This allows said table to resemble more closely the Game Scores that have appeared here over the preceding four months. Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP Home Time James Shields KC 5 1 7 6 7 CLE Scott Kazmir 12:05 Jeff Samardzija CHN 8 0 4 1 4 CIN Mike Leake 12:35 A.J. Burnett PIT 8 6 10 7 6 TEX Matt Garza 14:05 Juan Nicasio COL 4 0 3 0 10 SF Yusmeiro Petit 15:45 Andy Pettitte NYA 5 3 4 1 3 BAL Scott Feldman 19:05 Eric Stults SD 4 0 3 0 9 PHI Cliff Lee 19:05 C.J. Wilson LAA 4 0 3 0 9 TOR R.A. Dickey 19:07 Mike Minor ATL 8 0 4 0 10 MIA Jose Fernandez 19:10 Ryan Dempster BOS 3 0 8 9 7 TB Alex Cobb 19:10 Dan Haren WAS 7 0 3 0 6 NYN Zack Wheeler 19:10 Anibal Sanchez DET 9 0 3 0 5 CHA Jose Quintana 20:10 Sonny Gray OAK 10 7 7 0 1 MIN Mike Pelfrey 20:10 Marco Estrada MIL 7 0 8 7 6 STL Lance Lynn 20:15 Patrick Corbin AZ 9 0 4 0 7 LAN Hyun-Jin Ryu 22:10 Brad Peacock HOU 1 0 1 0 5 SEA Bran. Maurer 22:10 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.