Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
All the Important Daniel Straily News
Regarding What the People Want, Very Obviously
Despite the proximity of the trade deadline and, in fact, the myriad rumors concerning same, it’s obvious that what the people want is more Daniel Straily — that is, 23-year-old Oakland right-handed pitching prospect Daniel Straily — more Daniel Straily information news.
Daniel Straily Information News
In terms of Daniel Straily-related information news, here’s some of that: Straily pitched last night for Triple-A Sacramento against San Diego affiliate Tucson.
Straily’s Line from Said Start
Here’s Straily’s line from that start last night against Tucson (box): 6.0 IP, 22 TBF, 9 K, 1 BB, 0 HR, 3 H, 6:1 GO:AO.
A Quote from Straily Regarding His Monday Start
Here’s a thing that Straily said following his six pretty dominant innings (excerpted from Danny Wild’s game report):
“Today, I didn’t have all my stuff today, it didn’t even make sense that I had nine strikeouts.”
Another Quote from Straily Regarding His Monday Start
Here’s another thing Straily said in Danny Wild’s presence on Monday night — in this case regarding Straily’s own claim that he doesn’t purposely look for strikeouts.
“Absolutely not, I refuse to… It’s just a product of making pitches, developing pitches, throwing swing-and-miss pitches. Every pitch has purpose, and I’m just trying to get some rollovers. I can’t help if they miss it.”
Regarding the Adjective Most Relevant to the Author’s Heart
Aflutter, is probably what.
Today’s Notable Games
Oakland at Toronto | 19:07 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Depending on how the Royals-Angels game finished Monday night — and the author wouldn’t know because he keeps hours befitting a gentleman — Oakland might be entering tonight’s game with the Blue Jays in a virtual tie for the AL wild-card lead. Of even more pressing note: because left-hander Brett Cecil is scheduled for Toronto, the very powerful Chris Carter (44 PA, .297/.409/.730, .250 BABIP, 15.9% BB, 18.2% K, 0.4 WAR) is very probably starting for the A’s tonight at first base.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Toronto Radio.
Other Notable Games
Believe our managing editor Dave Cameron when he says this thing via Twitter about today’s other notable games (click to embiggen):
One Other Note
Consider also believing our managing editor Dave Cameron when he makes this totally unaltered claim via Twitter about the state of sportswriting today (click to embiggen):
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 4.7.
Note: the following Game Scores include the poorly conceived playoff-odds adjustment discussed in a recent edition of Daily Notes. Also note: the following table is entirely sortable.
|Paul Maholm||CHN||3||0||2||5||5||PIT||James McDonald||19:05|
|Doug Fister||DET||8||4||4||4||0||CLE||Ubaldo Jimenez||19:05|
|Zack Greinke||MIL||9||7||6||5||9||PHI||Cliff Lee||19:05|
|Jeremy Hellickson||TB||1||4||2||1||4||BAL||Wei-Yin Chen||19:05|
|Travis Blackley||OAK||5||4||5||7||3||TOR||Brett Cecil||19:07|
|Tim Hudson||ATL||5||8||4||3||4||MIA||Mark Buehrle||19:10|
|Gio Gonzalez||WAS||9||8||8||3||10||NYN||R.A. Dickey||19:10|
|Clay Buchholz||BOS||4||5||6||8||7||TEX||Martin Perez*||20:05|
|Mike Leake||CIN||7||4||4||4||5||HOU||Lucas Harrell||20:05|
|Cole DeVries||MIN||3||3||4||4||6||CHA||Jose Quintana||20:10|
|Clayton Kershaw||LAN||10||1||9||9||9||STL||Adam Wainwright||20:15|
|Will Smith||KC||5||7||4||6||4||LAA||Garrett Richards||22:05|
|Freddy Garcia||NYA||4||6||4||4||9||SEA||Felix Hernandez||22:10|
|Edinson Volquez||SD||4||5||5||4||9||SF||Ma. Bumgarner||22:15|
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