Daily Notes, In Which R.A. Dickey Throws a Changeup

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

1. Action Footage: R.A. Dickey Throws a Changeup
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Action Footage: R.A. Dickey Throws a Changeup
A Thing That R.A. Dickey Did Yesterday
A thing that Mets right-hander R.A. Dickey did on Thursday was to tie his career-high in strikeouts, with 13.

Another Thing R.A. Dickey Did Yesterday
Another thing R.A. Dickey did on Thursday was to record his 12th strikeout — against Pirates outfielder Garrett Jones in the eighth inning — was to record it via the changeup, a pitch he throws about one percent of the time or zero percent of the time.

Dickey’s Eighth-Inning Changeup
Here’s an animated GIF of the changeup Dickey threw to Garrett Jones in the eighth inning yesterday for his (i.e. Dickey’s) 12th strikeout:

Dickey’s Same Eighth-Inning Changeup, Except Slower
Here’s slow-motion footage of that same changeup R.A. Dickey threw to Garrett Jones in the eighth inning yesterday:

Dickey’s Eighth-Inning Changeup, The Slowest
Here’s the slowest available footage of that same changeup from R.A. Dickey — still to Garrett Jones, and still in the eighth inning of yesterday’s game:

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
San Francisco at San Diego | 22:05 ET
Left-hander, and former independent league pitcher, Andrew Werner makes his seventh major-league start. Here’s his entirely competent line through the first six of them: 33.0 IP, 22.3% K, 8.6% BB, 57.0% GB, 3.57 SIERA, 92 xFIP-, 0.1 WAR.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: San Francisco 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 3.7.

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.

Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Aaron Cook BOS 2 5 2 3 5 BAL Chris Tillman 19:05
Homer Bailey CIN 6 4 4 4 8 PIT A.J. Burnett 19:05
Will Smith KC 3 7 2 2 4 CLE David Huff* 19:05
Hiroki Kuroda NYA 6 7 3 4 4 TOR Chad Jenkins* 19:07
Cliff Lee PHI 10 6 5 4 4 MIA Mark Buehrle 19:10
Jon Niese NYN 7 2 3 6 4 ATL Tim Hudson 19:35
Jered Weaver LAA 4 7 4 6 6 TEX Ryan Dempster 20:05
Drew Smyly DET 6 5 4 4 5 MIN Scott Diamond 20:10
Edgar Gonzalez* HOU 6 3 4 9 6 MIL Yovani Gallardo 20:10
Jer. Hellickson TB 4 6 4 4 4 CHA Gavin Floyd 20:10
Edwin Jackson WAS 8 7 6 8 8 STL Adam Wainwright 20:15
Travis Wood CHN 3 2 2 7 5 AZ Ian Kennedy 21:40
Blake Beavan SEA 3 4 4 7 7 OAK A.J. Griffin 22:05
Ryan Vogelsong SF 3 4 3 7 7 SD Andrew Werner 22:05
Jeff Francis COL 5 7 5 1 10 LAN Clayton Kershaw 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.

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10 years ago

PITCHf/x apparently categorized it as a knuckleball, ignoring the obvious rotation on the pitch. It had about a foot of tailside run. Not bad.