Daily Notes, Beginning with a Line by Chipper Jones

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

1. Featured Game: Washington at Atlanta, 16:05 ET
2. Other Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Featured Game: Washington at Atlanta, 16:05 ET
Regarding Who Pitches for Washington
Right-hander Stephen Strasburg (53.0 IP, 70 xFIP-, 1.8 WAR) pitches for them.

A Notable Comment Regarding Strasburg
Here’s a recent comment — notable because of who made it — regarding Strasburg:

What We Can Say About the Aforementioned Repertoire
According to PITCHf/x, here’s Strasburg’s repertoire this season, accompanied by the average velocity and usage of each pitch:

• Four-Seam Fastball: 96.0 mph, 47.0%
• Two-Seam Fastball: 94.8 mph, 16.4%
• Curveball: 80.3 mph, 21.4%
• Changeup: 88.5 mph, 15.1%

What Else We Can Say About the Aforemented Repertoire
While it’s difficult to for us (read: the present author) to say objectively that Strasburg’s repertoire is the best in the league (or that Chipper Jones has ever seen), one thing we do know is that, according to pitch-type linear weights, none of his (i.e. Strasburg’s) pitches have ever profiled as below-average during his three years in the majors.

Additionally, A Third Thing We Can Say
A third thing we can say is, let’s trust Chipper Jones, how about.

A Note on the Camera Angle Here
Atlanta’s center-field camera angle is probably the best in the league. This is the first time Strasburg will have pitched in front of it this season — and only the second time he’s done so in his career (June 28th, 2010).

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast
Per the results of our offseason crowdsourcing project, FanGraphs like Atlanta and Washington Radio about the same (link).

Other Notable Games
Toronto at Texas | 15:05 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
After posting very promising defense-independent numbers (15.4% K, 3.1% BB, 53.5% GB) through 10 starts and 63.2 innings last season, Henderson Alvarez, who starts for Toronto, has done less of that (7.3% K, 6.1% BB, 57.7% GB) through nine starts and 60.0 innings this one.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Texas Radio.

Milwaukee at Arizona | 22:10 ET
Right-hander Zack Greinke starts for the Brewers. Here’s some of his numbers, accompanied by their respective ranks among the league’s 121 qualified starters: 26.1% K (7th), 5.3% BB (21st), 50.0% GB (33rd), 2.59 SIERA (3rd), 2.3 WAR (2nd).

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Milwaukee 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.

Regard, a magnificent and sortable table:

Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Clayton Richard SD 5 4 5 1 7 NYN Johan Santana 13:10
Max Scherzer DET 10 3 6 2 4 MIN Carl Pavano 14:10
Hend. Alvarez TOR 4 6 5 10 5 TEX Colby Lewis 15:05
Felipe Paulino KC 10 6 6 5 3 BAL Wei-Yin Chen 16:05
CC Sabathia NYA 8 5 5 3 3 OAK Bartolo Colon 16:05
St. Strasburg WAS 10 5 7 7 5 ATL Mike Minor 16:05
Derek Lowe CLE 1 4 4 4 6 CHA Jake Peavy 16:10
Mad. Bumgarner SF 6 5 5 4 3 MIA Mark Buehrle 16:10
Jerome Williams LAA 4 3 5 5 7 SEA Felix Hernandez 19:15
Paul Maholm CHN 3 3 2 1 0 PIT Kevin Correia 19:15
Jeremy Guthrie COL   7 4 3 6 CIN Mike Leake 19:15
Kyle Kendrick PHI 2 4 6 10 8 STL Jaime Garcia 19:15
David Price TB 9 6 7 5 5 BOS Josh Beckett 19:15
Bud Norris HOU 7 6 6 6 4 LAN Chad Billingsley 22:10
Zack Greinke MIL 9 7 7 5 5 AZ Wade Miley 22:10

To learn more about Pitcher and Team NERD scores click here.
To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.

We hoped you liked reading Daily Notes, Beginning with a Line by Chipper Jones by Carson Cistulli!

Please support FanGraphs by becoming a member. We publish thousands of articles a year, host multiple podcasts, and have an ever growing database of baseball stats.

FanGraphs does not have a paywall. With your membership, we can continue to offer the content you've come to rely on and add to our unique baseball coverage.

Support FanGraphs

Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.

newest oldest most voted

More detail on Chipper’s quote:

“Jones called Strasburg a hybrid of Kerry Wood in his prime and Verlander, with a similar fastball and breaking ball. But the difference to Jones is how good Strasburg’s change-up is.

“Verlander’s got a good change-up, but his is a circle change that just kind of fades away,” Jones said. “(Strasburg’s) is a 90-plus mph split that falls off the table. When you’re going up there getting geared up for 95, 96 mph and he throws you 90 and the bottom drops out of it, it’s a pretty lethal combination.”

Link: http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-braves-blog/2012/05/25/chipper-says-strasburg-has-best-repertoire-hes-seen/?cxntfid=blogs_atlanta_braves_blog