Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
Leaderboard from the Future: Rest-of-Season Hitters
Regarding What Is a “Leaderboard from the Future”
A “Leaderboard from the Future” is a very similar thing to the ZiPS rest-of-season hitter projection leaderboard sorted by WAR — except rendered into table form by the author and then named a more intriguing name, like “Leaderboard from the Future.”
The Significance of Such a Leaderboard
The significance of such a leaderboard — a Leaderboard from the Future, Powered by ZiPS™ — is that it approximates true talent.
Regarding Why There Are 12 Players on Said Leaderboard
There are 12 players on the following Leaderboard from the Future, because that’s the fewest number of players one can include on such a thing while not excluding Angels phenom Mike Trout.
Regarding the Question, “Does ZiPS Know Longoria Is Injured?”
Regarding the question, “Does ZiPS know Evan Longoria is injured?” the answer — to the best of my knowledge — is as follows: ZiPS doesn’t necessarily know that Evan Longoria is injured right now, nor does it (i.e. ZiPS) know when Longoria is expected back. What ZiPS does know is how many games Longoria has missed over the last three or five years or whatever. Longoria’s projected playing time for the future is adjusted according to that.
Leaderboard from the Future
Here’s the Leaderboard from the Future for hitters from July 5th till the end of the season.
Notable MLB Games
Houston at Pittsburgh | 19:05 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Pirate third baseman Pedro Alvarez, over the last 30 days: 96 PA, 14.6% BB, 22.9% K, .321/.427/.642 (.365 BABIP), 184 wRC+, 1.6 WAR.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Houston Television.
Colorado at St. Louis | 20:15 ET
Provided NERD is worth even the slightest of damns, the Rockies and Cardinals are two of the league’s most watchable teams — the former owing largely to its league-best Spd score; the latter, for it’s capacity to create runs. Other note about this game: it will be played in front of one of the league’s best center-field cameras.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: St. Louis 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 5.2.
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.
|Scott Diamond||MIN||7||4||5||4||6||DET||Rick Porcello||13:05|
|Mark Buehrle||MIA||4||3||4||7||7||MIL||Michael Fiers||14:10|
|Matt Harrison||TEX||6||10||5||6||6||CHA||Jose Quintana||14:10|
|Bud Norris||HOU||7||5||5||4||5||PIT||Jeff Karstens||19:05|
|Matt Cain||SF||7||4||5||6||4||WAS||Ross Detwiler||19:05|
|Jeremy Hellickson||TB||2||4||4||4||4||CLE||Josh Tomlin||19:05|
|Luke Hochevar||KC||5||5||5||7||5||TOR||Henderson Alvarez||19:07|
|Matt Garza||CHN||8||1||5||8||3||ATL||Mike Minor||19:10|
|Cole Hamels||PHI||9||5||7||2||10||NYN||R.A. Dickey||19:10|
|Christian Friedrich||COL||7||10||8||10||8||STL||Lance Lynn||20:15|
|Nathan Eovaldi||LAN||5||2||6||7||6||AZ||Wade Miley||21:40|
|Jake Arrieta||BAL||7||2||5||5||4||LAA||Garrett Richards||22:05|
|Mat Latos||CIN||8||4||4||5||3||SD||Edinson Volquez||22:05|
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