Originally written on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes. 1. Featured Game: Colorado at Washington, 19:05 ET 2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game 3. Today’s Complete Schedule Featured Game: Colorado at Washington, 19:05 ET The Purpose of This Post The purpose of this post is to alert the reader to how veteran right-hander Roy Oswalt is making his debut tonight (Thursday) for the Colorado Rockies against Washington. The Purpose of a Different Post The purpose of a different post the author ought to have written probably 1.5 months ago would have concerned how Roy Oswalt has signed a minor-league deal with the Colorado Rockies. Concerning Roy Oswalt’s Velocity in the Minors According to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, Oswalt was “consistently at 92 mph” and “hitting 95 on occasion” during his June 9th start for Double-A Tulsa. In another piece by the Post — in this case by Irv Moss — Oswalt himself suggested that he’s “not 94 (mph) anymore” but still throwing at “91, 92.” Concerning Roy Oswalt’s Results in the Minors The 35-year-old Oswalt made five minor-league starts within the Rockies system — all with Double-A Tulsa. Over those five starts, he posted this line: 33.1 IP, 6.75 K/9, 1.89 BB/9, 1.35 BB/9, .218 BABIP, 2.16 ERA, 4.28 FIP. Readers should note that, while likely to allow home runs to right-handers at an above-average rate for the Texas League, Tulsa’s ONEOK Field is otherwise mostly neutral. Concerning the Rockies, Their Prospects at the Moment As of Wednesday night, at least, the Rockies appear to be 2.5 games out of first place in the National League West. FanGraphs’ very scientific and totally clairvoyant projected standings suggest that, with Oswalt, the Rockies are still most likely to finish two games behind Arizona in the NL West. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game Milwaukee at Houston | 14:10 ET Yovani Gallardo (87.2 IP, 92 xFIP-, 0.8 WAR) faces Lucas Harrell (84.1 IP, 118 xFIP-, 0.0 WAR). Of note regarding the Brewers offense: it appears to feature both the second- and 14th-best qualified batters according to WAR and also the eighth- and 14th-to-last by that same measure. Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Milwaukee 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 5.3. Note: the following table is entirely sortable. Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time Bran. Cumpton* PIT 7 6 7 5 9 CIN Homer Bailey 12:35 John Danks CHA 7 1 4 3 3 MIN Scott Diamond 13:10 A.J. Griffin OAK 5 6 5 4 6 TEX Josh Lindblom* 14:05 Yovani Gallardo MIL 5 4 3 3 1 HOU Lucas Harrell 14:10 Roy Oswalt* COL 9 9 8 2 9 WAS J. Zimmermann 19:05 Matt Moore TB 3 9 5 4 5 NYA Andy Pettitte 19:05 John Lackey BOS 6 8 7 7 8 DET Jose Alvarez* 19:08 Jon Niese NYN 3 6 6 8 8 ATL Mike Minor 19:10 Scott Feldman CHN 3 5 4 3 6 STL Lance Lynn 20:15 Felix Hernandez SEA 10 4 5 7 0 LAA Tommy Hanson 22:05 Stephen Fife LAN 8 2 4 9 0 SD Jason Marquis 22:10 Tom Koehler MIA 6 0 5 6 6 SF Chad Gaudin* 22:15 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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