Originally posted on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 7/2/13
Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes. 1. The Corey Kluber Society Remains Undaunted 2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game 3. Today’s Complete Schedule The Corey Kluber Society Remains Undaunted The Purpose of This Post The purpose of this post is to announce both (a) a meeting tonight (Tuesday) of the Corey Kluber Society, at 8:10pm ET, and also (b) that the members of the aforementioned Society remain undaunted by Kluber’s last two starts, despite how he’s allowed 10 runs in 10.1 innings. First of All, Regarding the Corey Kluber Society The Corey Kluber Society (CKS) — established during time present and time past and time future, simultaneously — is composed of individuals all bound by their singular enthusiasm for the works and days of Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber. How to Attend the Meeting To attend tonight’s meeting, one needs merely to (a) situate himself in front of a broadcast of the Cleveland-Baltimore game and (b) make sure the internet connection upon which the (in this case) MLB.TV broadcast depends doesn’t cease to exist (as it did for the author) after, like, two innings, and then (c) expose himself* to Corey Kluber. *Spiritually, that is. Expose himself spiritually. Second of All, Regarding Corey Kluber’s Last Two Starts It is entirely the case that Corey Kluber has conceded 10 runs and recorded a 7.84 ERA over his two most recent starts. It’s also entirely the case that Kluber has recorded an 8:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio and slightly above-average 47.5% ground-ball rate and decidedly above-average 2.91 xFIP over those same 10.1 innings (and 51 batters faced). It’s finally the case that runs allowed are conspicuously fascist. A Potentially Relevant Excerpt from Emerson’s “Uses of Great Men” Here’s an excerpt from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Uses of Great Men” that is likely relevant to Corey Kluber: The race goes with us on their credit. The knowledge that in the city is a man who invented the railroad, raises the credit of all the citizens. But enormous populations, if they be beggars, are disgusting, like moving cheese, like hills of ants or of fleas,- the more, the worse. Regarding That Excerpt Above, What One Learns from It That Corey Kluber invented the railroad. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game Arizona at New York NL | 19:10 ET Patrick Corbin (109.2 IP, 97 xFIP-, 2.3 WAR) faces Jeremy Hefner (87.0 IP, 107 xFIP-, 0.5 WAR). But which of the two is prepared to face himself? Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: New York NL Television. 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 5.5. Note: the following table is entirely sortable. Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time Wily Peralta MIL 5 4 6 2 10 WAS St. Strasburg 19:05 Jon. Pettibone PHI 4 1 4 7 3 PIT Jeanmar Gomez 19:05 Doug Fister DET 7 7 6 7 3 TOR C-M Wang 19:07 Patrick Corbin AZ 8 3 6 6 4 NYN Jeremy Hefner 19:10 Tom Koehler MIA 4 0 5 8 6 ATL Kris Medlen 19:10 Robbie Erlin* SD 8 7 7 7 7 BOS John Lackey 19:10 Tim Lincecum SF 7 7 8 3 10 CIN Homer Bailey 19:10 Joe Saunders SEA 2 5 4 3 6 TEX Justin Grimm 20:05 Jason Hammel BAL 3 9 5 1 7 CHA John Danks 20:10 Corey Kluber CLE 10 8 6 6 2 KC Luis Mendoza 20:10 Phil Hughes NYA 5 4 4 2 3 MIN Samuel Deduno 20:10 David Price TB 8 10 5 3 1 HOU Erik Bedard 20:10 Clayton Kershaw LAN 9 1 8 9 9 COL Roy Oswalt* 20:40 Scott Feldman CHN 3 5 4 6 5 OAK A.J. Griffin 22:05 Lance Lynn STL 6 4 4 6 2 LAA Jered Weaver 22:05 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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