Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
Featured Game: Arizona at Washington, 19:05 ET
Regarding a Question the Reader Might’ve Asked
A question the reader might’ve asked aloud regarding Ross Detwiler — who starts tonight for Washington — is, “What’ve you done with Ross Detwiler, Ross Detwiler?”
Regarding Why the Reader Might’ve Asked That
For comic effect, probably.
Regarding Why the Reader Might’ve Also Asked That
The reader might’ve also asked that question, on account of this is the line Detwiler has posted through four starts: 22.0 IP, 21.8% K, 6.9% BB, 66.1% GB, 2.93 SIERA, 82 xFIP-, 0.4 WAR.
Regarding How Those Numbers Compare to Detwiler’s Career Numbers
They represent a considerable improvement — to the point where one is forced to italicize the word considerable for appropriate effect.
Regarding a Potential Reason Why That Is
Generally, when a pitcher begins posting peripherals that are considerably different than his previously established levels, it makes sense to look at the pitch data. Curiously, Detwiler’s pitch mix is roughly the same as before in his career. According to PITCHf/x, he’s throwing more four-seamers than last year, and a slider instead of a curve, but those difference appear more likely to be the result of differences in pitch classification than changes Detwiler himself has made.
Regarding One Thing to Note
One thing to note is that — through his four starts, at least — that Detwiler has been considerably more effective against left-handed (which, in his case, are same-handed) batters than in previous seasons.
For example, Detwiler’s xFIP against 58 left-handers last season was 4.57. His xFIP against 20 left-handers this one: 1.42.
Regarding Who Pitches for Arizona
Right-hander Ian Kennedy (32.0 IP, 104 xFIP-, 0.8 WAR) is pitching for Arizona.
Bryce Harper Status Update
Here’s a Bryce Harper Status Update (including last night): 15 PA, 5 H, 0 HR, 1 BB, 2 K, 0-1 SB.
Other Notable Games
Seattle at Tampa Bay | 13:10 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Challenge: you’re a junior member of an advertising firm and have been tasked with selling a game that’s being started by Kevin Millwood and Jeff Niemann. You’ll get a promotion if you do well… and could be fired if you don’t. Go!
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Tampa Bay.
New York AL at Kansas City | 20:10 ET
Danny Duffy (17.1 IP, 93 xFIP-, 0.3 WAR) returns after missing his most recent start due to elbow tightness. Of interest: Duffy’s velocity readings so far. He’s averaged 95.0 mph on his fastball, per PITCHf/x, in three starts — as opposed to 93.3 mph last season. The Kauffman Stadium PITCHf/x system has been known to have calibration issues, but it’s something to monitor.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Neither, Really.
Toronto at Los Angeles AL | 22:05 ET
Mike Trout since his recall: 16 PA, 2 H, 0 HR, 2 BB, 2 K, 1-1 SB.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Los Angeles AL.
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 5.1.
Regard, a magnificent and sortable table:
|Joe Blanton||PHI||5||2||5||8||5||ATL||Randall Delgado||12:10|
|Ryan Dempster||CHN||7||1||5||3||5||CIN||Homer Bailey||12:35|
|Kevin Millwood||SEA||3||3||4||7||4||TB||Jeff Niemann||13:10|
|Erik Bedard||PIT||4||3||5||10||5||STL||Jake Westbrook||13:45|
|Anibal Sanchez||MIA||8||3||6||5||5||SF||Ryan Vogelsong*||15:45|
|Ian Kennedy||AZ||5||7||6||0||8||WAS||Ross Detwiler||19:05|
|Justin Masterson||CLE||1||4||3||5||4||CHA||John Danks||20:10|
|David Phelps*||NYA||5||7||6||9||6||KC||Danny Duffy*||20:10|
|Brandon Morrow||TOR||5||6||6||3||7||LAA||Dan Haren||22:05|
Crowdsourcing Broadcasters: Atlanta Radio
Recently, we released the results of our television broadcaster rankings — itself the product of reader crowdsourcing that started in late November. Now, FanGraphs is asking readers to rate the radio broadcast teams for all 30 major-league clubs (Click here for more on this project.)
Rate other teams: Washington / Toronto / Texas / Tampa Bay / Seattle / San Francisco / San Diego / St. Louis / Pittsburgh / Philadelphia / Oakland / New York (NL) / New York (AL) / Minnesota / Milwaukee / Miami / Los Angeles (NL) / Los Angeles (AL) / Kansas City / Houston / Detroit / Colorado / Cleveland / Cincinnati / Chicago (NL) / Chicago (AL) / Boston / Baltimore.
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