Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
Which, In Case You Didn’t Hear
In case the reader was busy with some manner of nerdly venture, or indisposed in whatever way, what happened last (Friday) night is Cincinnati right-hander Homer Bailey threw a no-hitter against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
Bailey’s Final Line
Here’s Bailey’s nerd line from last night (box): 9.0 IP, 28 TBF, 10 K, 1 BB, 10 GB on 17 batted-balls (58.8% GB), 1.22 FIP, 1.87 xFIP.
By Game Score, This Year’s No-Hitters
Here are this season’s no-hitters, including Bailey’s, sorted by Game Score (data courtesy Baseball Reference):
|1||Matt Cain||6/13/2012||SFG||HOU||W 10-0||9||0||0||0||14||125||86||101|
|2||Felix Hernandez||8/15/2012||SEA||TBR||W 1-0||9||0||0||0||12||113||77||99|
|3||Homer Bailey||9/28/2012||CIN||PIT||W 1-0||9||0||0||1||10||115||74||96|
|4||Philip Humber||4/21/2012||CHW||SEA||W 4-0||9||0||0||0||9||96||67||96|
|5||Jered Weaver||5/2/2012||LAA||MIN||W 9-0||9||0||0||1||9||121||77||95|
|6||Johan Santana||6/1/2012||NYM||STL||W 8-0||9||0||0||5||8||134||77||90|
Bailey’s Best Pitch
Bailey’s best on Friday was his fastball: per the PITCHf/x data from Brooks Baseball, Bailey induced whiffs on 12 of the 70 four-seam fastballs he threw (about a 17% swinging-strike rate). Per linear-weight pitch values, Bailey’s four-seamer was worth about four runs above average by itself.
An Example of the Fastball
Here’s Bailey throwing his fastball past Pirates infielder Jordy Mercer in the seventh inning:
Another Example of the Fastball
Here’s Bailey throwing a very similar-looking fastball past Mercer on the exact next pitch, as well:
Jordy Mercer Against Homer Bailey, In Sum
Jordy Mercer swung and miss, actually, five times against Bailey on Friday: on two sliders in the first inning and then on a slider and the two fastballs above in the seventh.
Video of Every Out
Here’s video from MLB.com of every out from Bailey’s no-hitter:
Today’s Notable Games
Tampa Bay at Chicago AL | 16:05 ET
Talented young left-hander Matt Moore (172.0 IP, 105 xFIP-, 2.2 WAR) faces other talented and young left-hander Chris Sale (188.2 IP, 78 xFIP-, 4.9 WAR) in today’s game with the most Playoff Implications™.
Broadcast Information: FOX Saturday Game.
Kansas City at Cleveland | 19:05 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Largely hailed — and pretty Italian-seeming — pitching prospect Jake Odorizzi makes his second major-league start for the Royals. Here’s the line from his debut on September 23rd (box): 5.1 IP, 23 TBF, 3 K, 1 BB, 4 GB on 19 batted-balls (21.1% GB), 5.29 xFIP.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Cleveland 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 3.8.
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.
|Andy Pettitte||NYA||9||7||4||5||2||TOR||Ricky Romero||13:07|
|Ervin Santana||LAA||4||7||5||6||6||TEX||Derek Holland||16:05|
|Justin Verlander||DET||10||4||4||4||2||MIN||P.J. Walters||16:05|
|Jason Vargas||SEA||3||4||2||7||3||OAK||Dan Straily||16:05|
|Matt Moore||TB||7||6||8||4||10||CHA||Chris Sale||16:05|
|Felix Doubront||BOS||7||5||5||3||9||BAL||Steve Johnson*||19:05|
|Mike Leake||CIN||6||4||4||4||7||PIT||Kyle McPherson*||19:05|
|Jake Odorizzi*||KC||8||7||3||2||2||CLE||Jeanmar Gomez||19:05|
|Dallas Keuchel||HOU||0||3||2||9||7||MIL||Marco Estrada||19:10|
|Chris Young||NYN||0||2||0||6||4||ATL||Mike Minor||19:10|
|Roy Halladay||PHI||8||6||4||4||4||MIA||Ricky Nolasco||19:10|
|Jo. Zimmermann||WAS||8||7||5||8||5||STL||Kyle Lohse||19:15|
|Justin Germano||CHN||4||2||3||7||6||AZ||Trevor Cahill||20:10|
|Mad. Bumgarner||SF||9||4||4||6||3||SD||Eric Stults||20:35|
|Tyler Chatwood||COL||4||7||4||1||8||LAN||Joe Blanton||21:10|
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