Originally posted on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 8/12/12

Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.

1. Featured Game: Oakland at Chicago AL, 14:10 ET
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Featured Game: Oakland at Chicago AL, 14:10 ET
On What’s Happening in This Game
What’s happening in this game is the Oakland lineup — the Oakland lineup that features terrifying right-handed batters like Chris Carter (121 PA, 184 wRC+, .310 BABIP) and Yoenis Cespedes (328 PA, 144 wRC+, .358 BABIP) and Jonny Gomes (248 PA, 137 wRC+, .339 BABIP) — is once again facing a left-handed pitcher, in this case sling-shotting PYT Chris Sale (132.0 IP, 80 xFIP-, 3.9 WAR).

What the Author Would Assume
The author would assume that, owing to presence of the aforemenioned and terrifying right-handed batters, that the Oakland lineup will have been — were one to examine the numbers — will have been particularly productive against left-handed pitchers.

What’s Actually the Case
In point of fact, it appears as though the Oakland offense has exhibited almost no platoon split whatsoever. Regard:

Vs. RHP: 2870 PA, 90 wRC+, .270 BABIP
Vs. LHP: 1440 PA, 92 wRC+, .280 BABIP

One Possible Exception to Note
It’s quite possible that the Oakland offense has, in fact, been more potent against left-handers since late-June, when Chris Carter was promoted from Triple-A Sacramento.

A Potentially Startling Fact
A potentially startling fact is that, before Carter’s promotion on June 29th, Oakland had faced 22 left-handed starters on the season and countered with a right-handed hitting first baseman just four times, instead giving the majority of the starts to the left-handed batting Daric Barton and Kila Ka’aihue.

An Additional and Potentially Startling Fact
An additional, potentially startling fact is that the right-handed hitting first basemen in those four games were middle infield-types Adam Rosales (three times) and Brandon Hicks (once).

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast
Per the results of our offseason crowdsourcing project, FanGraphs readers prefer Oakland Radio (link).

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Colorado at San Francisco | 16:05 ET
It may surprise the reader to learn that Josh Rutledge is the Rockies starting shortstop at the moment. It may surprise the reader even harder that this is Rutledge’s line so far as a major leaguer: 106 PA, .324/.340/.627 (.325 BABIP), 151 wRC+, 1.1 WAR.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: San Francisco 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 4.5.

Note: the following Game Scores include the poorly conceived playoff-odds adjustment discussed in a recent edition of Daily Notes. Also note: the following table is entirely sortable.


Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time Jon Lester BOS 7 6 4 3 6 CLE Corey Kluber* 13:05 Phil Hughes NYA 5 6 3 6 5 TOR J.A. Happ 13:07 Chris Capuano LAN 6 1 5 2 6 MIA Wade LeBlanc* 13:10 Bruce Chen KC 4 7 3 1 5 BAL Tommy Hunter 13:35 Ross Ohlendorf SD 2 6 3 5 5 PIT Erik Bedard 13:35 Lance Lynn STL 8 9 6 5 5 PHI Vance Worley 13:35 Yovani Gallardo MIL 6 8 4 4 5 HOU Jordan Lyles 14:05 Bartolo Colon OAK 5 6 7 4 10 CHA Chris Sale 14:10 James Shields TB 8 4 6 4 6 MIN Scott Diamond 14:10 Johnny Cueto CIN 7 4 4 1 6 CHN Brooks Raley* 14:20 Rick Porcello DET 7 5 6 8 7 TEX Yu Darvish 15:05 Jason Vargas SEA 3 3 4 7 5 LAA Jered Weaver 15:35 Alex White COL 5 8 3 3 0 SF Barry Zito 16:05 Ross Detwiler WAS 5 6 5 7 6 AZ Patrick Corbin 16:10 Ben Sheets ATL 5 7 4 3 7 NYN Jon Niese 20:00

To learn more about Pitcher and Team NERD scores 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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