Originally written on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 10/26/14
Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes. 1. Featured Game: Seattle at Cleveland, 12:05pm ET 2. Today’s Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game) 3. Today’s Complete Schedule Featured Game: Seattle at Cleveland, 12:05pm ET Regarding This Game, Who’s Starting It for Cleveland Starting this game for Cleveland is left-hander Scott Kazmir (25.1 IP, 96 xFIP-, -0.1 WAR). Regarding Scott Kazmir, A Thing of Which the Author Is Aware The author is aware that recently, in these pages, FanGraphs managing editor and viceroy of love Dave Cameron welcomed back now-Cleveland left-hander Scott Kazmir to major-league baseball — welcomed him back, that is, largely due to the impressive velocity Kazmir had exhibited in a start against Oakland on May 9th. Another Thing of Which the Author Is Aware Another thing of which the author aware is that perhaps the Reading Public — itself busy attempting to navigate life’s horrors one-by-one — needs only so many status updates in re Scott Kazmir’s velocity. That Having Been Said All of that having been said, it’s entirely possible that the present author (a) has recently devised for himself how to render multiple, successive PITCHf/x charts into GIF form and now (b) wants badly to share the fruit of that particular labor with the world — in particular, as it pertains to Scott Kazmir. Pitch Chart GIF: Scott Kazmir Below is the aforementioned pitch-chart GIF for Scott Kazmir’s five starts in 2013. Each chart plots velocity (on the Y-axis) against horizontal movement (on the X-axis). Note that he red bar at around the 94-mph mark represents the absolutely hardest fastball Kazmir threw in his debut. It’s intended to provide a reference point for Kazmir’s velocity in his next four starts. Also note that pitch classifications — between four- and two-seam fastballs, for example — are estimates and not always entirely accurate. What One Finds What one finds from Kazmir’s pitch-chart GIF is that Kazmir has (a) thrown a number of pitches faster than his first start’s fastest pitch and also has (b) thrown generally, in each successive appearance, more and more pitches faster than that first start’s hardest pitch. What Else One Finds What else one finds is that, so far as fruits of labors are concerned, the pitch-chart GIF is probably along the lines of a pomegranate — insofar as the labor required to prepare the fruit might not be entirely justified, except just occasionally for purposes of novelty. 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 Unknown at Unknown | ??:?? ET As of press time, the identity of today’s free game hadn’t been announced. The author will advise as said information becomes available Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Unknown. 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 4.9. Note: the following table is entirely sortable. Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 8 6 8 9 7 CLE Scott Kazmir 12:05 Jake Odorizzi* TB 7 7 7 4 9 TOR R.A. Dickey 13:07 CC Sabathia NYA 6 5 5 8 3 BAL Freddy Garcia* 19:05 Johnny Cueto* CIN 8 5 5 7 2 NYN Shaun Marcum* 19:10 Kevin Correia MIN 2 3 4 8 6 ATL Julio Teheran 19:10 Cole Hamels PHI 5 0 2 0 1 MIA Alex Sanabia 19:10 Bartolo Colon OAK 6 6 5 4 5 TEX Josh Lindblom* 20:05 Jon Lester BOS 6 8 4 0 1 CHA Dylan Axelrod 20:10 Jeremy Guthrie KC 3 6 4 4 3 HOU Dallas Keuchel* 20:10 Clayton Kershaw LAN 10 2 6 6 3 MIL Yovani Gallardo 20:10 Patrick Corbin AZ 6 4 5 8 3 COL Jon Garland 20:40 Shelby Miller STL 10 2 5 5 0 SD Jason Marquis 22:10 Zach Duke* WAS 4 2 3 6 2 SF Ryan Vogelsong 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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