Originally posted on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 5/26/13
Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes. 1. Featured Game: Cleveland at Boston, 13:35pm ET 2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game 3. Today’s Complete Schedule Featured Game: Cleveland at Boston, 13:35pm ET Regarding This Game, Who’s Starting It for Cleveland Starting this game for Cleveland, in terms of a pitcher, is right-hander Corey Kluber. Regarding Corey Kluber, What’s Notable About Him What’s notable about Kluber is that, despite having entered the season as a 27-year-old with just 67.1 major-league innings on his resume, he’s proceeded to record the same approximate park-adjusted xFIP (78 xFIP- overall, 81 xFIP- starting) as considerably more celebrated pitchers — including, but not limited to: Matt Harvey (78 xFIP-), Clayton Kershaw (80 xFIP-), Jake Peavy (81 xFIP-), Chris Sale (81 xFIP-), and Shelby Miller (81 xFIP-). Regarding Corey Kluber, What Else Is Notable About Him Also notable with regard to Kluber is that his defense-independent numbers are likely not merely a product of deception. In fact, as a starter, Kluber has posted the same approximate average fastball velocity (92.8 mph) as certain pitchers expressly known for throwing hard — including, but not limited to: Yu Darvish (93.0 mph), Max Scherzer (92.9 mph), David Price (92.8 mph), Edwin Jackson (92.7 mph), and Matt Moore (92.4 mph). Regarding Kluber, Why He’s Less Celebrated Kluber is receiving less attention at the moment than many of the aforementioned pitchers likely because (a) he has not previously given cause for much attention and (b) he was not recently a celebrated prospect. Regarding Kluber, Why Else He’s Less Celebrated Also why Kluber has received less attention is likely because his defense-independent numbers have not translated into actual run prevention the way one might expect. Despite a 3.23 SIERA and 3.20 xFIP and even 3.63 FIP, Kluber has posted a considerably less appealing 5.19 ERA — largely due to a .359 BABIP. One Possible Use of This Game One possible use of the present game between Cleveland and Boston is to inspect Corey Kluber more closely, in light of the Compelling Remarks which appear above. Another Possible Use of This Game Another possible use for the reader of this game is to Participate in the Unexpected, which experience is facilitated by many games. Readers’ Preferred Broadcast Per the results of our crowdsourcing project from the 2011-2012 offseason, FanGraphs readers prefer Cleveland Radio, probably (link). Author’s Preferred Broadcast Per the results of looking into his own self, the author prefer Boston Television (link). Today’s MLB.TV Free Game Baltimore at Toronto | 13:07 ET Miguel Gonzalez (42.1 IP, 113 xFIP-, 0.4 WAR) faces Chad Jenkins (5.0, 111 xFIP-, 0.0 WAR). Baltimore enters Sunday with two players among the league’s top-10 by WAR: Chris Davis (2.6) and Manny Machado (2.5). Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Baltimore Radio*. *As a number of readers have noted, the broadcast team for the Blue Jays has changed since the crowdsourced results of the broadcaster rankings project were released a couple offseasons ago. 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 5.3. Note: the following table is entirely sortable. Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time Miguel Gonzalez BAL 3 8 5 5 5 TOR Chad Jenkins* 13:07 Mike Pelfrey MIN 0 3 5 7 10 DET Max Scherzer 13:08 Matt Garza* CHN 8 4 8 5 9 CIN Johnny Cueto 13:10 Corey Kluber CLE 10 9 8 8 5 BOS Felix Doubront 13:35 Cole Hamels PHI 6 1 6 2 10 WAS Step. Strasburg 13:35 CC Sabathia NYA 6 6 7 7 7 TB Alex Cobb 13:40 Jerome Williams LAA 5 5 4 6 3 KC Wade Davis 14:10 Alex Sanabia MIA 1 0 1 0 1 CHA Dylan Axelrod 14:10 Bartolo Colon OAK 5 6 4 5 3 HOU Dallas Keuchel* 14:10 Wandy Rodriguez PIT 5 7 5 5 4 MIL Yovani Gallardo 14:10 Jon Garland COL 2 7 4 5 5 SF Matt Cain 16:05 Jason Marquis SD 0 7 4 4 8 AZ Patrick Corbin 16:10 Shelby Miller STL 10 2 8 2 10 LAN Clayton Kershaw 16:10 Nick Tepesch TEX 6 4 6 6 7 SEA Hisashi Iwakuma 16:10 Julio Teheran ATL 6 8 5 7 3 NYN Shaun Marcum 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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