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  1. Note on the Royals game: It was 2-1 Indians and Melky plated two runs.

    Comment by Jordan — April 22, 2011 @ 10:11 am

  2. Thanks. ::bops self in head::

    Comment by Joe Pawlikowski — April 22, 2011 @ 10:14 am

  3. &(%# ^&#% ^*(&#@ ^(*$%&) #*&)ing Mets!

    Comment by Schu — April 22, 2011 @ 10:56 am

  4. King Felix – what a game.

    Comment by Slats — April 22, 2011 @ 11:15 am

  5. Good to see Felix turn in an outing like that, but McCarthy was the real highlight for me. I saw him the first time in 2003/2004 spring training somewhere, while I was drinking in my girlfriend’s dorm room watching a day game while she was at class. He was lights out then, and has been consistently disappointing to me since then. He’s probably not as good as he has been to start the year, but I’ve enjoyed this start. Hell, he’s 2 above-average starts away from his best WAR year of his career.

    Also, something fun to note. I was watching A’s/Mariners on my laptop-connected-to-my-TV, following other games through Stat-tracker, and saw both Beckett and Oswalt had early no-no’s going. I ended up disconnecting the laptop with the Felix’s 1-hitter still playing, put NESN on for Beckett, and Oswalt on my desktop. I can’t go to sleep while any chance at history is realistically present, and both pitchers gave up hits relatively soon after I turned in.

    The biggest at-bat/reason for Roy’s high pitch count was a 15ish pitch AB to Cantu, who fouled off ~seven 1-2 pitches in a row, culminating with Oswalt throwing a 56 mph “change-up” that landed about 8 feet in front of the plate for ball 2. It broke Cantu’s rhythm though, and a few pitches later he finally k’d on a good curveball. Fun AB to watch, especially with Oswalt’s recurring disgust at every foul ball.

    Comment by sgolder06 — April 22, 2011 @ 11:48 am

  6. Where’s the love for Alex Gordon?!?! Or do some things not show up in the stats perfectly? ;-)

    He moved from the outfield to first base toward the end of the game. With a runner on 2nd and two outs in the top of the 9th, he made a great diving grab of a ball hit pretty hard by Asdrubal. Certainly saved a run, which would have been a great play for any 1B…but for your starting left fielder to keep it a 1-run game like that? Impressive.

    Perhaps that didn’t result in as much of a WPA mark as it should have, but I’m surprised it wasn’t called out today.

    Comment by Jimbo — April 22, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

  7. I’ve given Gordon plenty of love in this space so far. But the game turned in the ninth, hence the focus is there.

    Comment by Joe Pawlikowski — April 22, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

  8. There should be an article on Fredi Gonzalez’s growing number of poor managerial decisions.

    Comment by Brian — April 22, 2011 @ 1:05 pm

  9. My point being that it was HIS glove at first base which kept it a one-run lead in the top of the 9th…seems noteworthy, but I get it that Alex has been talked up a good bit this season already.

    Seems it does show some inability of WPA to measure every play accurately. If that ball goes through, then the probability favors Cleveland more. Since it didn’t go through, it is ‘only’ out #3 in a one-run game.

    But the degree of difficulty, game context, and run prevention factor doesn’t seem to do that play justice imo.

    Comment by Jimbo — April 22, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

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