Originally written on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes. 1. Featured Game: Cleveland at Detroit, 13:08 ET 2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game 3. Today’s Complete Schedule Featured Game: Cleveland at Detroit, 13:08 ET Two Facts Regarding the Detroit Tigers One fact regarding the Detroit Tigers is that they’ve used only five starting pitchers over the season’s first two-plus months. A second, entirely related, fact is that those same Detroit starters this season have recorded a league-best strikeout rate (26.5%), park-adjusted xFIP (71 xFIP-), and WAR (12.5). Now a Third, Less Encouraging, Fact A third fact is that right-hander Anibal Sanchez — himself the leader among all qualified starters by park-adjusted xFIP — has been scratched from his start today with a sore shoulder, and will be replaced by 24-year-old left-hander Jose Alvarez. Regarding Jose Alvarez, Briefly Here are some salient facts regarding today’s starter for Detroit. • Originally signed by Boston as international free agent in 2005. • Traded to Miami before 2010 season. • Signed to minor-league contract by Detroit this November. • Has recorded second-highest strikeout rate among qualified IL starters. • Has recorded highest strikeout-walk differential (20.7%) among same group. • Appeared, it seems, on zero organizational prospect lists this preseason. • Has recorded zero major-league innings/appearances previously. Regarding Jose Alvarez, His Repertoire A very thorough and recent scouting report by Tigers blog Bless You Boys’ Nick Galea reveals the following regarding Alvarez’s repertoire. For each pitch, both the average velocity (in parentheses) and grade on 20-80 scouting scale are provided. From Galea’s report: Fastball (86-90): 40-45 Changeup (76): 50-55 Curves (72-75): 60 Slider/Cutter (82-84): 35-40 Command: 65 Control: 70 Endurance: 60 Ceiling role: Could handle a month or two of starts, pitch as the last man in a bullpen for a few years, or be a LOOGY for as long as he can spin a curveball. Action Footage: Alvarez’s Curveball, Probably This is probably footage of Alvarez throwing his curveball to Cincinnati prospect Billy Hamilton for a swinging strike — unless it’s footage of Alvarez throwing his changeup, that is: Readers’ Preferred Broadcast Per the results of our crowdsourcing project from the 2011-2012 offseason, FanGraphs readers prefer Cleveland Radio (link). Today’s MLB.TV Free Game Atlanta at Los Angeles NL | 16:10 ET Mike Minor (78.2 IP, 92 xFIP-, 1.4 WAR) faces Matt Magill (24.0 IP, 145 xFIP-, -0.6 WAR). Yasiel Puig Status Update: 24 PA, .435/.458/1.000 (.400 BABIP), 307 wRC+, 0.7 WAR. Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Los Angeles NL 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 5.1. Note: the following table is entirely sortable. Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time Justin Grimm TEX 6 4 6 6 6 TOR Josh Johnson 13:07 Justin Masterson CLE 7 8 8 7 9 DET Jose Alvarez* 13:08 Tom Koehler MIA 6 0 4 6 3 NYN Jon Niese 13:10 Joe Blanton LAA 6 6 6 9 5 BOS Ryan Dempster 13:35 Scott Diamond MIN 3 3 5 2 9 WAS Jor. Zimmermann 13:35 Chris Tillman BAL 5 9 5 6 3 TB Matt Moore 13:40 Lucas Harrell HOU 1 4 2 5 2 KC Luis Mendoza 14:10 A.J. Griffin OAK 5 6 5 0 5 CHA Hector Santiago 14:10 Jonath. Pettibone PHI 4 3 4 4 5 MIL Kyle Lohse 14:10 Jeff Locke PIT 3 5 5 5 6 CHN Edwin Jackson 14:20 Mike Minor ATL 8 8 5 2 1 LAN Matt Magill 16:10 David Phelps NYA 4 5 7 6 10 SEA Felix Hernandez 16:10 Clayton Richard SD 2 7 4 10 3 COL Juan Nicasio 16:10 Chad Gaudin* SF 5 4 6 3 8 AZ Tyler Skaggs* 16:10 Samuel Deduno* MIN 5 3 5 2 7 WAS Nate Karns* 19:05 Lance Lynn STL 7 3 5 5 4 CIN Bronson Arroyo 20:05 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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