Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
Footage: An Impressive Sequence by Darvish
During Thursday night’s Rangers-Angels game (box), with the Rangers leading by one in the fifth inning, Yu Darvish fell behind Howie Kendrick to a 3-1 count.
An Average Pitcher, What He’d Likely Do
In this instance, an average pitcher would likely throw a fastball — or, if not on 3-1, would likely throw one on 3-2.
What Yu Darvish Endeavored to Do
With the count 3-1 against Kendrick, threw a 90 mph cutter, inducing a swing and miss:
And Then What He Did After That
After inducing that swing and miss, Darvish threw a slider — a pitch not entirely dissimilar from the cutter in terms of shape — at 80 mph off the outside corner, inducing a second consecutive swing and miss:
Reaction to This, The Proper One
Vigorous applause, one assumes. Triumphal marches, perhaps. The brief suspension of life’s worries, certainly.
Today’s Notable Games
St. Louis at Chicago NL | 14:20 ET
Right-hander Chris Carpenter makes his season debut for a St. Louis team currently 2.5 games clear of Milwaukee for the second wild-card spot. Of note: Carpenter has made no rehab starts, per se, instead throwing a series of simulated games to rebuild his arm strength and stamina.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: St. Louis or Chicago NL Radio.
Minnesota at Detroit | 19:05 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Earlier this week our Michael Barr advised Rick Porcello (167.1 IP, 93 xFIP-, 2.9 WAR), who starts tonight for the Tigers, to stop throwing his slider. Will Porcello, who is probably reading these words right now, listen? Waiting breathlessly is our only recourse at the moment.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Detroit.
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.
|Chris Carpenter*||STL||10||8||5||2||3||CHN||Chris Volstad||14:20|
|Tommy Hanson||ATL||4||6||2||5||4||PHI||Kyle Kendrick||19:05|
|Shaun Marcum||MIL||5||10||6||7||8||WAS||Edwin Jackson||19:05|
|Samuel Deduno||MIN||1||4||4||4||7||DET||Rick Porcello||19:05|
|Jarrod Parker||OAK||6||6||6||7||9||NYA||CC Sabathia||19:05|
|Miguel Gonzalez||BAL||3||2||3||5||7||BOS||Jon Lester||19:10|
|Joe Blanton||LAN||8||1||3||4||4||CIN||Bronson Arroyo||19:10|
|Jacob Turner||MIA||5||4||3||2||7||NYN||Jon Niese||19:10|
|Carlos Villanueva||TOR||5||5||5||6||8||TB||James Shields||19:10|
|Jeff Locke*||PIT||8||4||5||3||7||HOU||Edgar Gonzalez*||20:05|
|Wade Miley||AZ||6||6||3||7||4||COL||Drew Pomeranz||20:10|
|Justin Masterson||CLE||5||2||2||8||3||KC||Luis Mendoza||20:10|
|Jake Peavy||CHA||6||4||5||8||3||LAA||Ervin Santana||22:05|
|Martin Perez*||TEX||7||7||4||4||5||SEA||Hisashi Iwakuma||22:10|
|Casey Kelly||SD||10||7||4||4||3||SF||Ryan Vogelsong||22:15|
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