Originally written on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 6/19/13
Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes. 1. A Brief Review of Zack Wheeler’s Debut Start 2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game 3. Today’s Complete Schedule A Brief Review of Zack Wheeler’s Debut Start Introduction Prized Mets right-handed prospect Zack Wheeler made his major-league debut on Tuesday. What follows is a brief review of same. Wheeler’s Results In terms of run prevention, Wheeler was excellent on Tuesday — insofar, that is, as he prevented every run over six complete innings. His defense-independent numbers were less impressive, owing largely to control issues which saw him throw just 55 of his 102 pitches (ca. 54%) for strikes. His complete line from Tuesday is as follows (box): 6.0, 26 TBF, 7 K, 5 BB, 4 GB on 14 batted-balls (28.6% GB), 0 HR, 4 H, 4.86 xFIP. Wheeler’s Pitches As the PITCHf/x chart below (featuring speed and horizontal movement) reveals, Wheeler threw four pitches on Tuesday — a fastball, a slider, a curve, and barely a changeup — the usage of which pitches adds up to 101% somehow: Wheeler’s Fastball Wheeler’s fastball was his most effective pitch against Atlanta. Of the 14 swinging strikes generated by Wheeler on Tuesday, 14 of those were by way of the fastball. Here’s one of them, to Brian McCann for a strikeout in the second inning: Wheeler’s Slider Wheeler’s other two swinging strikes were recorded by way of the slider. Here’s one of those — in this case, one with less than horizontal movement than one might expect — to Dan Uggla for a strikeout in the sixth inning: Wheeler’s Curveball Wheeler’s curveball wasn’t particularly helpful for him on Tuesday — or, at least not in terms of results. He threw just four of his 12 curves for strikes — three called and one fly ball for an out. Here’s one of those called strikes, from the same Dan Uggla at-bat as above: Today’s MLB.TV Free Game San Diego at San Francisco | 15:45 ET Eric Stults (90.2 IP, 107 xFIP-, 1.4 WAR) faces Madison Bumgarner (90.0 IP, 87 xFIP- 1.8 WAR). As noted in these pages recently by Jeff Sullivan, the San Diego offense and defense — but expressly not their pitching — has been quite excellent of late. The Padres, as a team, are presently a standard deviation above league average both in terms of baserunning runs and also defensive runs saved. Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: San Francisco Radio or Television. 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 4.9. Note: the following table is entirely sortable. Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time Hyun-Jin Ryu LAN 7 2 5 4 4 NYA Hiroki Kuroda 13:05 Chris Tillman BAL 4 9 7 7 9 DET Rick Porcello 13:08 Jose Fernandez MIA 10 0 6 3 5 AZ Trevor Cahill 15:40 Eric Stults SD 4 9 6 6 7 SF M. Bumgarner 15:45 Luis Mendoza KC 2 4 5 7 7 CLE Ju. Masterson 19:05 Chris Capuano LAN 2 2 3 4 5 NYA Phil Hughes 19:05 Gio Gonzalez WAS 6 2 4 1 3 PHI Kyle Kendrick 19:05 Juan Nicasio COL 3 9 5 6 4 TOR Mark Buehrle 19:07 Shaun Marcum NYN 5 6 6 8 5 ATL Kris Medlen 19:10 Jeff Locke PIT 3 6 4 5 4 CIN Bron. Arroyo 19:10 Jer. Hellickson TB 5 9 6 8 4 BOS Ry. Dempster 19:10 Tommy Milone OAK 5 6 5 4 6 TEX Justin Grimm 20:05 Chris Sale CHA 10 1 5 3 2 MIN Kevin Correia 20:10 Kyle Lohse MIL 5 4 3 3 0 HOU Erik Bedard 20:10 Edwin Jackson CHN 6 5 4 3 1 STL J. Westbrook 20:15 Joe Saunders SEA 2 4 4 7 4 LAA C.J. Wilson 22:05 To learn how Pitcher and Team NERD Scores are calculated, 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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