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  1. In the Phillies-Nats game, not only did Nix have the highest WPA, with his homer, he was responsible for the second biggest WPA game, his diving catch on Domonic Brown’s base loaded fliner with 2 outs in the 6th, worth -.121 for the Phillies.

    Comment by Richard — June 2, 2011 @ 10:19 am

  2. No mention of Greg Holland in the KC game? His slider was filthy.

    2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K.

    Comment by therood — June 2, 2011 @ 10:35 am

  3. Uh, Joe… Billy Butler’s hit did *not* bounce off of the top of the wall back onto the field. It very clearly cleared the wall and bounced off of a second railing about two feet past it.

    Comment by Daniel — June 2, 2011 @ 11:20 am

  4. So if Sean Rodriguez snags Elvis Andrus’s 2 rbi single in the 8th, the game would still be tied? Would Rodriguez’s snag have taken away Nelson Cruz’s rbi single in the 5th also? That would have been a heck of a defensive play.

    Comment by Dusty — June 2, 2011 @ 11:41 am

  5. *insert minor nit-pick

    Comment by Brad — June 2, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

  6. Dusty — I had a similar question. I assumed not that Cruz’s rbi would have been erased, but rather that Tampa would have been awarded a run for pitching+fielding awesomeness. I do need to check the math on that, though.

    Comment by Eric — June 2, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

  7. You should’ve added more detail: (1) Billy Butler’s double, (2) umpire review, (3) Butler homerun.

    Also, you went to far, its only mostly asinine to bat Stanton behind Greg Dobbs. FrediGonz has a copyright on completely asinine

    Comment by Steve Balboni — June 2, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

  8. Can you imagine this Mariners team even if they had even a slightly above average offense?

    It’s been so long that I can no longer imagine it.

    but when they have Votto and Jay Bruce hitting 3-4

    Votto & Bruce vs. Pujols & Holliday in a No Holds Barred Tag-Team Championship Match for the Division Title.

    Let’s Get Ready to Ruuuuu……..

    to remove Kyle Drabek from the game

    Drabek is now walking more per 9, than he K’s.

    I was never on the Drabek bandwagon, and thought too much of his value was in his last name … but I’d rather be dead wrong about this kid and have him turn out to be really good. Granted he’s enjoyed a blessed life, so I’m not throwing a pity party for him … I just empathize with guys when they’re struggling at something that is difficult to turn around.

    the Pirates got every break imaginable on their way to victory.

    Did I read that right? I’m not sure I’ve ever read those words before.

    Daniel Descalso: 3 for 5, 1 3B. He hit a single in the 11th, but it was for naught.

    I know he’s just a .287 wOBA player … but I can still root for him, right? He is 12th in the NL in WPA.

    .

    Comment by CircleChange11 — June 2, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

  9. CircleChange11

    If you actually WATCH Drabek pitch, his problem is he tries to be too fine and his pitches have so much run that they run way too far off the plate. Once he trusts his stuff he’ll be really good. Because his stuff is absolutely terrific, he just tries to be way too fine.

    Comment by ddriver80 — June 2, 2011 @ 3:34 pm

  10. Alex Avila didn’t hit ninth for the Tigers. He hit eighth.

    Did you think Avila should be leading off? The Tigers don’t have anyone on the roster who works as a leadoff hitter, but Avila strikes me as a particularly bad choice. I’d hit him 6th with Cabrera, Martinez and Peralta at 3-4-5.

    Comment by stareagle — June 3, 2011 @ 2:11 am

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