Daily Notes: Three Important and Upcoming Dates

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

1. Three Important and Upcoming Dates
2. Other Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Three Important and Upcoming Dates
Here are three essential dates for the reader’s impossibly stylish and totally leather-bound business agenda.

Tuesday, August 14th, Noon ET
According to the pitcher’s own father, 16th-overall pick Lucas Giolito makes his debut for the Washington Nationals Gulf Coast League affiliate — versus the Marlins affiliate in that same league. Giolito was considered a possible No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft until a sprained elbow this past spring complicated his status. The right-handed Giolito sat in the mid-90s with his fastball as a senior at Harvard-Westlake in Los Angeles, according to Baseball America’s Nathan Rode, even hitting 100 mph at one point.

Thursday, August 16th, 8:10pm ET
Oakland right-hander Dan Straily (10.2 IP, 106 xFIP-, -0.2 WAR) faces the Royals in Kansas City. “Straily? What do I care about that guy for?!? He gave up four home runs in his last start,” is precisely the thing a coward would say.

Tuesday, October 9th, 2:35pm ET
The Arizona Fall League, which features the very best prospects playing basically every day, begins. Per MLB.com, this year’s schedule stretches from October 9th until the November 17th championship game. Click this hyperlinked text to see AFL leaderboards from seasons past.

Today’s Notable Games
Milwaukee at Colorado | 20:40 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Here are the players Milwaukee received from the Angels for Zack Greinke, each accompanied by their performances so far at their respective levels within the Brewers system:

Johnny Hellweg: 2 GS, 10.0 IP, 10 K, 9 BB, 0 HR, 4.20 FIP at Double-A
Ariel Pena: 3 GS, 15.2 IP, 12 K, 12 BB, 2 HR, 5.82 FIP at Double-A
Jean Segura: 21 PA, 0 HR, 0 BB, 3 K, .333 BABIP at MLB

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Milwaukee Radio.

Washington at San Francisco | 22:15 ET
Giants catcher Buster Posey has posted the highest WAR (2.5) in the majors over the last month. His season line to date: 429 PA, .332/.406/.547 (.355 BABIP), 158 wRC+, 5.0 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 4.0.

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
Josh Beckett BOS 5 6 4 1 5 BAL Wei-Yin Chen 19:05
Chad Billingsley LAN 6 1 5 5 2 PIT Kevin Correia 19:05
Matt Harrison TEX 5 7 4 7 6 NYA Hiroki Kuroda 19:05
Jose Quintana CHA 5 5 4 6 4 TOR Hend. Alvarez 19:07
Chris Young NYN 0 3 2 4 8 CIN Mat Latos 19:10
Kyle Kendrick PHI 2 5 2 2 7 MIA Josh Johnson 19:10
Clayton Richard SD 4 6 3 7 4 ATL Tim Hudson 19:10
Lucas Harrell HOU 5 4 1 0 3 CHN Chris Volstad 20:05
Doug Fister DET 8 5 5 4 3 MIN Brian Duensing 20:10
Jarrod Parker OAK 6 6 4 8 2 KC Jeremy Guthrie 20:10
Ian Kennedy AZ 5 7 7 9 6 STL Joe Kelly 20:15
Randy Wolf MIL 3 8 3 8 4 COL Tyler Chatwood* 20:40
Ubaldo Jimenez CLE 1 3 5 7 9 LAA Zack Greinke 22:05
Matt Moore TB 6 4 4 4 3 SEA Kevin Millwood 22:10
Jor. Zimmermann WAS 9 6 7 4 9 SF Mad. Bumgarner 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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Hugh Briss
10 years ago

Was Chris Young’s NERD rounded down to 0 from 0.49 due to his wife, Elizabeth Patrick, being the granddaughter of Lester Patrick, namesake of the National Hockey League’s Patrick Division?

10 years ago
Reply to  Hugh Briss

Pfft. Obviously.

Brazen Reader
10 years ago
Reply to  Hugh Briss

Similarly, the Angels NERD score is rounded up because after Mike Trout was resurrected in April the Kings won the Stanley Cup. And the Lakers acquired Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. All things are possible in and with Michael Nelson Trout, except, possibly, a functional bullpen.