Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
Featured Game: Washington at Philadelphia, 19:05 ET
Regarding a Thing Bill James Said
Bill James said — while promoting his true-crime book last year on Sounds of Young America, I think it was — Bill James said something to the effect that “People are interested in things that other people are interested in.”
An Example of That Phenomenon in Action
An example of that phenomenon is any article you’d read in the Daily News, probably. Like about the murders in the Daily News. Or about how a woman was fired from her job for being too busty in the Daily News.
The Relevance of That Statement to This Game
The relevance of that statement to this game is how, according to NERD (our totally infallible measure of watchability), the Mets-Pirates game — featuring the perpetually amusing R.A. Dickey and suddenly effective James McDonald — receives the same score as this Nats-Phillies game. And yet, one imagines, it would be an exercise in folly to suggest that the Mets and Pirates were deserving of the highly esteemed “Featured Game” distinction.
The Difference Between Those Games
The difference between those games — among other differences, probably — is that the Phillies are averaging an NL-best 45,000 fans per game; the Pirates, an NL-worst 22,000.
The Difference Between Those Games, Part II
Apropos the above, I submit the following statement, which I believe to be uncontroversial: games that are (a) more well attended are also (b) more pleasant to watch on the television.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Cleveland Radio.
New York NL at Pittsburgh | 20:10 ET
As noted above, both R.A. Dickey and James McDonald (50.1 IP, 87 xFIP-, 1.5 WAR) start tonight. Not noted above is how Pittsburgh’s center-field camera this year is excellent — especially for scouting pitchers.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: New York NL Television.
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.
Regard, a magnificent and sortable table:
|Felix Doubront||BOS||6||6||4||5||2||BAL||Brian Matusz||19:05|
|Rick Porcello||DET||7||3||4||4||0||CLE||Ubaldo Jimenez||19:05|
|Luke Hochevar||KC||5||6||5||6||4||NYA||Phil Hughes||19:05|
|R.A. Dickey||NYN||10||1||7||1||7||PIT||James McDonald||19:05|
|Jor. Zimmermann||WAS||8||5||7||4||7||PHI||Roy Halladay||19:05|
|Brandon Beachy||ATL||5||7||5||3||5||CIN||Mat Latos||19:10|
|Juan Nicasio||COL||6||7||5||3||3||MIA||Ricky Nolasco||19:10|
|Drew Hutchison||TOR||5||6||5||6||5||TB||Matt Moore||19:10|
|Travis Wood*||CHN||3||3||4||6||5||HOU||J.A. Happ||20:05|
|P.J. Walters*||MIN||5||2||5||4||5||CHA||Gavin Floyd||20:10|
|Matt Cain||SF||7||4||6||6||5||MIL||Shaun Marcum||20:10|
|Edinson Volquez||SD||5||4||6||10||7||STL||Adam Wainwright||20:15|
|Aaron Harang||LAN||4||6||5||4||5||AZ||Trevor Cahill||21:40|
|C.J. Wilson||LAA||4||4||3||4||1||OAK||Graham Godfrey*||22:05|
|Matt Harrison||TEX||5||10||5||5||3||SEA||Hector Noesi||22:10|
Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.