Originally written on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 11/15/14
Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes. 1. Concerning Randall Delgado’s Virtues 2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game 3. Today’s Complete Schedule Concerning Randall Delgado’s Virtues Introduction Five of today’s starters currently possess a perfect 10 NERD score*. Four of them (i.e. four of those pitchers) have assembled impressive major-league resumes by one means or another — namely, Homer Bailey, Clayton Kershaw, Matt Harvey, and Jordan Zimmermann. The fifth is Arizona right-hander Randall Delgado. What follows is a brief inspection of Delgado’s very high NERD score, sorted more or less by the degree to which it informs said score. *The present site’s very proprietary and also infallible watchability metric. See below for more information on NERD. Fielding Independent Pitching Delgado has recorded an xFIP and xFIP-* of 3.18 and 83, respectively, this season in 39.0 innings — almost all of them as a starter. The former of those marks is 1.4 standard deviations better than average among pitchers who’ve thrown at least 20 innings in a starting capacity. *Park-adjusted xFIP relative to league (where 100 is average and a lower than 100 is better than average). Strike-Throwing Delgado’s main strength thus far has been his capacity to throw strikes. He currently possesses a strike rate of 67.8% — relative to an average rate of 63.4% (again, among pitchers with 20-plus innings as a starter). Delgado’s strike percentage is 1.8 standard deviations above the mean, in this case. Youth Despite entering the 2013 season having already recorded nearly 130 major-league innings over the last two seasons — and having been regarded as a prospect for some time before that — Delgado is still just only 23 years old, or about 1.3 standard deviations younger than the population of starters with which we’re dealing, the average age of which is 28. Swinging-Strike Rate One might imagine that there’s rather a strong correlation between swinging-strike rate and overall strike rate. In fact, it’s rather weak. And perhaps it stands to reason: pitchers who induce whiffs often do so by working outside of the zone or by virtue of pitches with tremendous movement — such that, those pitches at which a batter doesn’t offer are more likely to be called a ball. In any case, Delgado has been excellent in both areas — both overall strike rate (as noted above) and swinging-strike rate. His 10.4% mark is approximately 1.1 standard deviations above the mean for starters, for whom the average is 8.5%. His best pitch to this end has been his changeup, on which he’s recorded a 26.9% swinging-strike rate. Action Footage: Delgado’s Changeup Here’s footage of Delgado change from a July 3rd start against the Mets — specifically to strike out Omar Quintanilla: Slower Action Footage: Delgado’s Changeup Here’s footage of that same pitch, except by means of SNY’s excellent slow-motion camera: Today’s MLB.TV Free Game Cleveland at Minnesota | 14:10 ET Justin Masterson (135.1 IP, 85 xFIP-, 2.4 WAR) faces Kevin Correia (116.2 IP, 105 xFIP-, 0.5 WAR). Of note regarding Masterson, here are his strikeout rates from 2010 to -12, in order: 17.5%, 17.4%, and 17.6%. Now here’s his strikeout rate this season: 24.4%. Probably related is this: Masterson never threw his slider more than 20% of the time those three years; this year, his slider rate is 28.1%. Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Cleveland Radio. 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 6.3. Note: the following table is entirely sortable. Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time Chris Archer TB 5 10 7 6 9 TOR R.A. Dickey 13:07 Cliff Lee PHI 9 1 8 6 10 NYN Matt Harvey 13:10 Jeff Locke PIT 3 7 6 3 10 CIN Homer Bailey 13:10 Clayton Kershaw LAN 10 2 8 2 10 WAS J. Zimmermann 13:35 Mike Minor ATL 8 8 6 2 5 CHA Jose Quintana 14:10 Justin Masterson CLE 8 7 5 2 2 MIN Kevin Correia 14:10 Doug Fister DET 7 7 7 7 6 KC James Shields 14:10 Hen. Alvarez* MIA 6 2 5 4 5 MIL Wily Peralta 14:10 Felix Hernandez SEA 9 5 6 3 5 HOU Jordan Lyles 14:10 Eric Stults SD 4 6 6 4 9 STL A. Wainwright 14:15 Bartolo Colon OAK 5 6 5 7 4 LAA Jerome Williams 15:35 Randall Delgado AZ 10 2 8 6 8 SF M. Bumgarner 16:05 Edwin Jackson CHN 5 5 6 8 6 COL Tyler Chatwood 16:10 Chris Tillman BAL 4 9 6 3 7 TEX Martin Perez 19:05 CC Sabathia NYA 7 3 5 8 3 BOS Ryan Dempster 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.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Cormier tells Jones to get his s-- together

Fans holding 'Free Tom Brady Rally' at Gillette Stadium

Josh Hamilton to be activated by Rangers

WATCH: Top CB recruit makes insane catch doing backflip

Biggest surprises of the MLB season

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Marcus Mariota leads NFL in jersey sales for May

Report: Scott Skiles frontrunner for Magic coaching job

Shanahan: injuries are not why Robert Griffin III struggles

Kyle Korver ruled out for remainder of playoffs

Randy Moss attends cancer survivor's graduation

Roger Staubach shares thoughts on Greg Hardy

Warriors crush Rockets in Houston to take 3-0 series lead

WATCH: D'Angelo Russell whiffs on horrible golf swing

Brian Matusz ejected for having foreign substance on arm

PHOTO: Don Cherry wears wild suit even for his taste

PHOTOS: Gigantic sinkhole at Jack Nicklaus golf course

WATCH: Memphis player catches defense sleeping, scores

WATCH: Astros turn around-the-horn triple play

French Open Women's preview: Who will make the quarters?

WATCH: Bryan Price gets ejected before game starts

WATCH: Vin Scully narrates fan's marriage proposal

WATCH: Harper, Matt Williams have special handshake

The Yankees are succeeding despite the numbers

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Eight biggest surprises of the MLB season

Bryan Price ejected before first pitch

Vin Scully narrates marriage proposal

Pats fan's obituary defends Brady

Marlins players skip own charity event

John Wall tells All-NBA Team voters to ‘keep sleeping’

Jim Kelly: No doubt Tom Brady cheated

Post-combine NBA Draft big board: Top 30

Ex-players sue NFL for conspiring to push painkillers

Astros surprising, but can get better with Correa

Here come the Giants

Aaron Hernandez got new tattoo in prison

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.