Daily Notes: Danny Salazar Night in America

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

1. Danny Salazar Night in America
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Danny Salazar Night in America
The Purpose of This Post
The purpose of this post is to announce — for the benefit of everyone in America — how young and hard-throwing Cleveland right-hander Danny Salazar is starting tonight against Atlanta at 7:10pm ET.

Regarding Danny Salazar, Some Salient Facts
Some salient facts regarding Danny Salazar, presented by means of unordered list, are:

• He’s got the second-best xFIP- among all pitchers with 20-plus innings recorded as a starter; and

• He’s got the second-hardest fastball, on average, among that same population; and

• He throws a splitchangeup that late fifth-century Christian theologian Pseudo-Dionysius anticipated probably in the composition of his Mystical Theology.

Regarding Pseudo-Dionysius, How He’d Describe Salazar’s Split-Change
Were he to describe Danny Salazar’s split-change, fifth-century Christian theologian Pseudo-Dionysius would likely feel compelled to employ some or all of the following phrases:

• “Darkness which is beyond light”; and

• “Unknowing which is enshrouded under all that is known and all that can be known”; and

• “The superessential Radiance”; and

• “A science both vast and minute”; and

• “The summit of the divine ascent.”

Regarding the Present Author, How He’d Describe Salazar’s Split-Change
Were he to describe Danny Salazar’s split-changeup, the author would plagiarize Pseudo-Dionysius, probably.

Action Footage: All of Danny Salazar’s Most Recent Strikeouts
Here’s video of all Danny Salazar’s seven strikeouts from his most recent start, against the Los Angeles Angels:

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
San Diego at Arizona | 20:40 ET
Ian Kennedy (149.1 IP, 113 xFIP-, 0.6 WAR) faces Undecided. The latter of those names (i.e. Undecided) would almost certainly be forbidden by Danish naming conventions.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Arizona Radio, Perhaps?

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 5.2.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.

Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Nathan Eovaldi MIA 7 1 5 3 5 WAS R. Ohlendorf* 19:05
Kyle Lohse MIL 4 3 4 6 3 PIT Jeff Locke 19:05
Andy Pettitte NYA 5 3 3 6 0 TOR J.A. Happ 19:07
Tommy Milone OAK 4 7 6 7 6 DET J. Verlander 19:08
C.J. Wilson LAA 4 8 6 10 6 TB R. Hernandez 19:10
Wei-Yin Chen BAL 3 9 5 9 4 BOS Felix Doubront 19:10
Danny Salazar CLE 10 7 9 8 10 ATL Alex Wood 19:10
Kyle Kendrick PHI 3 0 4 7 5 NYN Jon Niese 19:10
Paul Clemens* HOU 5 4 4 1 5 CHA Jose Quintana 20:10
James Shields KC 5 8 4 4 2 MIN Kevin Correia 20:10
Mat Latos CIN 8 3 6 3 5 STL Joe Kelly 20:15
Yusmeiro Petit* SF 7 4 4 7 1 COL Chad Bettis 20:40
Ian Kennedy SD 4 6 5 3 5 AZ Undecided 21:40
Travis Wood CHN 3 5 6 3 10 LAN C. Kershaw 22:10
Derek Holland TEX 8 3 7 4 7 SEA H. Iwakuma 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.

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Highball Wilson
Highball Wilson

Salazar vs. Wood really gets me in the mood.


..except that the Indians will pull Salazar after about 70 pitches and then push his next start back.

Highball Wilson
Highball Wilson

So I guess I will just expect a quickie.