Daily Notes: Not for Nothing, Daniel Straily

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

1. Not for Nothing, Daniel Straily
2. Today’s Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Not for Nothing, Daniel Straily
Regarding the Author, What He Did This Weekend
This weekend, the author went out to dinner twice to a pair of entirely satisfactory area restaurants, escorted his wife on a totally innocent and pleasant walk around the neighborhood, and watched (and enjoyed) Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World for the first time.

Regarding the Author, What He Mostly Did This Weekend
What the author mostly did this weekend, however — probably way more than that other stuff — is think about Oakland minor-league right-hander and 23-year-old Daniel Straily.

Regarding Straily, His Line at Double-A This Year
Here’s Straily’s line at Double-A Midland this year: 85.1 IP, 11.39 K/9, 2.43 BB/9, 0.63 HR/9, 2.57 FIP.

Regarding Straily, His Line at Triple-A This Year
Here’s Straily’s line — following a promotion — his line at Triple-A Sacramento this year: 41.0 IP, 11.85 K/9, 2.85 BB/9, 0.44 HR/9, 2.15 FIP.

Regarding Straily, His Prospect Ranking This Past Preseason
Research reveals that Straily was ranked usually around infinity on most preseason prospect lists.

Regarding Straily, His Prospect Ranking Now, Probably
Straily’s ranking on most prospect lists is probably around one or less than one, now.

Straily’s Fastball, Video of It
Here’s video of Straily’s fastball, which sits at around 91-94 mph, according to the internet:

Straily’s Slider, Video of It
Here’s other video, this time of Straily’s slider:

Straily’s Changeup, Video of It
Here’s a third video — in this case, of Straily’s filthy, filthy changeup:




Other Notable Games
Los Angeles NL at St. Louis | 20:15 ET
Of note: the Cardinals are second among all major-league teams by wRC+ (112); first overall by batting-cum-fielding WAR; and have the third-highest WAR winning percentage in the majors. That they remain 5.0 games out in the NL Central suggests that sometimes baseball is the sort of thing about which one might have problems formulating predictions.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: St. Louis Radio.

Colorado at Arizona | 21:40 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
As of Sunday, these two clubs are among the top five (along with Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Boston) in terms of differential between WAR wins and actual wins. For example, Colorado’s actual record (as of Sunday): 36-57. And their WAR record: 40.9-52.1. And Arizona’s actual record on Sunday: 46-48. But their WAR record, though: 51.4-42.6.

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 4.2.

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.

Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Tommy Hunter BAL 4 1 3 4 4 CLE Justin Masterson 19:05
Jeff Samardzija CHN 10 0 4 5 4 PIT Erik Bedard 19:05
Randy Wolf MIL 3 6 4 5 8 PHI Roy Halladay 19:05
Mike Minor ATL 3 8 5 3 7 MIA Josh Johnson 19:10
Jor. Zimmermann WAS 8 7 3 3 0 NYN Chris Young 19:10
Felix Doubront BOS 7 5 6 8 4 TEX Scott Feldman 20:05
Mat Latos CIN 8 4 4 4 5 HOU Wandy Rodriguez 20:05
Francisco Liriano MIN 7 3 5 4 5 CHA Gavin Floyd 20:10
Chad Billingsley LAN 7 1 7 9 5 STL Joe Kelly 20:15
Jonathan Sanchez COL 0 9 3 7 6 AZ Ian Kennedy 21:40
Bruce Chen KC 4 6 4 5 4 LAA C.J. Wilson 22:05
Hiroki Kuroda NYA 5 6 3 4 3 SEA Kevin Millwood 22:10
Clayton Richard SD 4 6 3 4 3 SF Ryan Vogelsong 22:15

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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Bluebird in Boulder
Bluebird in Boulder

Apparently the filthy, filthy change up has ben deemed x-rated and removed by the administrator.


And I thought it was just my work filter.

Well-Beered Englishman
Well-Beered Englishman

I saw it. His changeup did filthy, filthy things to the catcher. Also, the catcher was female.