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  1. utility = futility?

    Comment by bigfun — April 27, 2011 @ 10:05 am

  2. That is actually Hannahan’s 3rd mult-homer game in the majors.
    Last night
    July 21st, 2009
    August 24th, 2008

    Give Supermannahan his props.

    Comment by Jon — April 27, 2011 @ 10:17 am

  3. Raburn’s reaction to that home run is priceless.

    Comment by therood — April 27, 2011 @ 10:27 am

  4. Second time this season I’ve made a mistake on multi-homer games. I’ll edit that once it’s through the copy editor.

    Comment by Joe Pawlikowski — April 27, 2011 @ 10:28 am

  5. How’m I supposed to find out who won all the baseball games with no Morning After?!

    Comment by JR — April 27, 2011 @ 10:40 am

  6. Holliday would have been in quite a bit of trouble for plucking the ball off the pad, since he plays for the wrong team.

    He probably still could have gotten there before Lee, however.

    Comment by Michael — April 27, 2011 @ 10:50 am

  7. WPA is fun, but so very weird.

    Who had the better game?
    Gavin Floyd – 8IP, 4H, 2R, 1BB, 10K, WPA 0.162
    Sergio Santos – 2 line drives turned into outs on good defensive plays by a late inning defensive replacement, WPA 0.361.

    If Quentin is still in there Santos’ WPA is about -0.6!

    Would it be fair to say that WPA is more of a “team” stat than most?

    It’s also counter-intuitive to the idea that outs are outs and closers are not important.

    Comment by MikeS — April 27, 2011 @ 11:26 am

  8. Santos came in during a very high leverage situation: 2 runners on, 1 run lead, bottom of 9.

    Comment by Anon — April 27, 2011 @ 11:45 am

  9. There’s got to be a morning after…

    Comment by Maureen McGovern — April 27, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

  10. “Jonathan Herrera: 2 for 5. Dude has really grabbed the open spot at second. He’ll crash any time now…”

    His BABIP has already come down quite a bit, and he has shown incredible plate discipline. I don’t see him “crashing down”. His walk rate may regress, along with his BABIP somewhat, but he is still a legitimate starting 2nd baseman. Plus he already has more steals than last year and has played good defense.

    Comment by Andrew — April 27, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

  11. No comment on Darren Ford in the Giants game? He single handedly won that game with incredible speed. Going 1st to 3rd on a single to left and scoring the tying run, tracked down a sure double in the bottom of the inning, then went 1st to 3rd on a throwing error on a pickoff play (caused by him taking a big lead), and ran home from 3rd for the go-ahead run on a grounder AFTER being looked back to 3rd by the 2nd baseman.

    Incredible display of speed shown by Darren Ford last night, definitely the defining player of the game, and definitely deserves a mention.

    Comment by Matt — April 27, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

  12. he deserves it after getting hot after i dropped him from my fantasy team. i’ll be watching intentional talk today to get their jokes on his reaction, for sure

    Comment by shibboleth — April 27, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

  13. I’ve taken notice, for sure. Heard very little about him up to now, though CLE is outside my radar. Aare there any concensus thoughts on this guy’s potential?

    Comment by shibboleth — April 27, 2011 @ 1:17 pm

  14. that’s why WPA it’s not a great indicator of performance, only of context

    Comment by chel — April 27, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

  15. Charlie Morton: We sometimes act like walks are the worst thing in the world. Obviously, they aren’t.

    Morton continues to concede walks at the expense of not giving up many hits or homers (<— more important).

    Like Jose Bautista, there is simply no reason why Morton cannot sustain this approach. He may not sustain the excellent results, but the approach (nibbling with a good 2-seamer, sinker) can be sustained. Even with "normalized" results, his overall performance will be good to very good, just because of the drastically reduced HR rate.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — April 27, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

  16. Speed is one of those very-hard-to-gauge-with-metrics aspects of baesball that could easily be one of the most undervalued or overblown qualities of a good ballplayer.

    Comment by mhad — April 27, 2011 @ 2:58 pm

  17. I just wanted to say that these game recaps are awesome, keep up the good work. Also, it seems hard to quantify Darren Ford’s contributions in WPA. I guess you could look at the difference between scoring on that groundball to 2nd and not scoring, but then there’s also drawing an errant pickoff throw and moving to third. Whatever it is, the man is fast.

    Comment by Scott — April 27, 2011 @ 7:25 pm

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