Daily Notes, Featuring an AL West Pitchers’ Duel Event by Carson Cistulli May 21, 2012 Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes. 1. Featured Game: Texas at Seattle, 22:10 ET 2. Other Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game) 3. Today’s Complete Schedule Featured Game: Texas at Seattle, 22:10 ET An Unavoidable Fact Regarding This Game An unavoidable fact regarding this game is that it features very famous right-handed pitchers Yu Darvish (52.0 IP, 88 xFIP-, 1.2 WAR) of Texas and Felix Hernandez (62.2 IP, 80 xFIP-, 1.7 WAR) of Seattle. Regarding Where “Of Texas,” Specifically The Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, specifically. The city of Arlington, even more specifically than that. Regarding Where “Of Seattle,” Specifically The SoDo neighborhood, specifically. (South of Dome or Downtown, that means.) Another Unavoidable Fact Regarding This Game Another unavoidable fact regarding this game is that it features, in Texas, the American League’s best offense (120 wRC+ as of Sunday) and, in Seattle, its second-worst offense (84 wRC+). Regarding What’ll Probably Happen In terms of what’ll probably happen, Darvish will probably allow zero or one runs and Hernandez will probably allow, like, two or four runs or something. Then the Rangers bullpen, which leads the league both in xFIP and WAR, will finish the game without incident. What’ll Definitely Happen In terms of what’ll definitely happen is, is the above prediction will be incorrect. Readers’ Preferred Broadcast FanGraphs readers prefer Texas Radio (link). Other Notable Games Kansas City at New York AL | 19:05 ET Right-hander Felipe Paulino, who starts tonight for the Royals, has been excellent since returning from a forearm injury and the subseiquent rehab. Line so far: 18.2 IP, 28.0% K, 6.7% BB, 43.8 GB%, 2.78SIERA, 67 xFIP-, 0.7 WAR. Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Kansas City Radio. Los Angeles NL at Arizona | 21:40 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game*** Of note: as of Sunday, A.J. Ellis had the same WAR as Matt Kemp (2.2) in fewer plate appearances. In fact, Ellis had the 10th-best WAR in the majors. Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Arizona 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 5.0. Regard, a magnificent and sortable table: Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP Home Time Clay Buchholz BOS 2 6 3 6 3 BAL Tommy Hunter 19:05 Felipe Paulino* KC 9 6 6 6 3 NYA Hiroki Kuroda 19:05 Johan Santana NYN 7 1 5 1 6 PIT Erik Bedard 19:05 Gio Gonzalez WAS 10 4 6 4 2 PHI Kyle Kendrick 19:05 Mike Minor ATL 6 7 5 3 5 CIN Mike Leake 19:10 Jamie Moyer COL 3 7 4 4 4 MIA Mark Buehrle 19:10 Kyle Drabek TOR 4 6 4 7 3 TB Jer. Hellickson 19:10 Matt Garza CHN 7 3 6 6 7 HOU Bud Norris 20:05 Mad. Bumgarner SF 5 4 3 5 1 MIL Randy Wolf 20:10 Clayton Richard SD 5 5 6 10 7 STL Jaime Garcia 20:15 Chris Capuano LAN 5 6 5 4 4 AZ Patrick Corbin 21:40 Jerome Williams LAA 5 3 5 4 5 OAK Tommy Milone 22:05 Yu Darvish TEX 7 10 7 4 7 SEA Felix Hernandez 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.