Table of Contents
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Facts Regarding Danny Salazar After 23 Innings
With his start on Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Americans, Cleveland right-hander Danny Salazar has now recorded 23.0 innings in the major leagues this season (and also ever, one finds) — i.e. three innings above the haphazardly selected 20-inning threshold a pitcher must pass in order to qualify for NERD*.
Salazar debuts today on the NERD leaderboard** with perfect score of 10 — and, moreover, has recorded the highest raw score (i.e. not adjusted for the 0-10 scale) among the 217 qualified pitchers. What follows is a brief examination of those factors which have most directly contributed to Salazar’s success both in terms of run prevention and at invoking sensations of awe within the bosoms of every spectator.
**For more on NERD, see below.
**Click here to see current NERD scores for all pitchers.
The young and hard-throwing Salazar has recorded a 66 xFIP- thus far, the second-best figure among the population in question. His 2.63 xFIP is 2.2 standard deviations better than the mean.
The recently promoted and hitherto successful Salazar has recorded a 14.8% swinging-strike rate thus far, the best such mark among the relevant population and presently 3.5 standard deviations greater than average.
Overall Strike Rate
The probably valiant and also inspirational Salazar has thrown 68.3% of all his pitches for strikes, the fifth-highest rate among starters with 20-plus innings and precisely 2.0 standard deviations among the mean of 63.4%.
The conspicuously talented and damned sensational Salazar has thrown his fastball at an average velocity of either 96.4 mph (according to BIS data) or 95.9 mph (according to PITCHf/x) — either first or second among all starters, depending, and more than 2.0 standard deviations above the mean, either way.
The powerful and arresting Salazar’s split-changeup ranks probably first or somehow better than first among all pitches, if this animated GIF — of Peter Bourjos stiking out last night — is any indication:
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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 4.9.
Note: the following table is entirely sortable.
|Alex Wood||ATL||10||8||7||7||4||NYN||Jon Niese||13:10|
|Jake Westbrook||STL||0||3||3||4||6||MIL||Tom Gorzelanny||14:10|
|Hisashi Iwakuma||SEA||7||4||5||6||4||OAK||A.J. Griffin||15:35|
|Felix Doubront||BOS||4||9||4||5||1||SF||Barry Zito||15:45|
|Gerrit Cole||PIT||10||7||7||6||3||SD||Ian Kennedy||18:40|
|Justin Masterson||CLE||8||7||6||8||4||LAA||Jerome Williams||19:05|
|Juan Nicasio||COL||3||7||5||0||9||PHI||Cliff Lee||19:05|
|J. Hellickson||TB||4||9||5||9||3||BAL||Wei-Yin Chen||19:05|
|R.A. Dickey||TOR||9||6||6||3||5||NYA||Adam Warren*||19:05|
|Kevin Correia||MIN||2||3||5||7||9||DET||Anibal Sanchez||19:08|
|Bran. McCarthy||AZ||5||3||4||3||4||CIN||Mike Leake||19:10|
|Zack Greinke||LAN||5||3||5||1||6||MIA||Nathan Eovaldi||19:10|
|Erik Bedard||HOU||1||4||4||3||8||TEX||Derek Holland||20:05|
|Ross Ohlendorf||WAS||5||2||4||5||2||CHN||Jake Arrieta||20:05|
|Andre Rienzo||CHA||2||2||3||7||2||KC||Jeremy Guthrie||20:10|
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