I have to admit, when I saw him get put in with the bases loaded, I thought for sure the game was lost. Not because I don’t have faith in George, but because i have been at and watched many a game where he lets the first batter faced on.
When he went on to strike out that batter in three straight pitches I was glad I was wrong. Sorry for doubting. Really nice job, I was proud for sure.
Meanwhile, how would you have liked to have been Uggla’s family watching that game. It was bad enough he had 3 errors, 3 strikeouts and a double play ball…but you had to listen to joe buck repeat it about 100 times. oof.
Saw this in a FARK.com ASG related thread, and I had never heard of it. please allow my C&P:
“Drew had a WPA of .583, meaning he played well enough to single-handedly win the game. Second highest by anyone was Sherrill @ .460.
Michael Young, on the other hand, had a WPA of .072, meaning he did almost nothing. Still, in his defense, that was the second highest WPA of any AL offensive player.”
“What the hell is WPA?
Are you going to pull out range factor next?”
“Nah, range factor is silly. WPA, on the other hand, is pretty much the perfect stat to determine things like “MVP” or “Player of the game” or anything like that.
WPA stands for Win Probability Added. Essentially, consider the following: at the beginning of the game, each team has a 50.0% chance of winning. Let’s say (rhetorically, since I don’t have the numbers in front of me), when a road team hits a leadoff home run, they go on to win 55.0% of the time (this has been calculated by looking at a great number of past games). Then, in that case, the batter who hit the home run would be credited with .050 WPA. Likewise, the pitcher who let up the home run would be deducted an equal amount. This is added up on every play for the entire game, until it ends.
When it ends, the winning team’s players’ WPAs sum up to .500, and the losing team’s players’ WPAs sum up to -.500. Whoever has the highest WPA did the most to help their team win that game.
It’s a pretty nifty stat, and there’s a lot you can do with it. I typically have http://www.fangraphs.com up whenever I’m watching a game, as they post live graphs of WPA. Here’s the one for the ASG: ”
yeah greg. in MLB2K8 for the xbox360, each game keeps one of these running graphs. after the 7th inning it lets you see what each teams winning probability is, and you rewarded with baseball cards and such for pulling out wins when your WP is less than 30% after the 7th, and other things. kinda neat, i guess.
i’m down for turn back the clock night. are they wearing throwbacks as well? i know they’re doing the 5.50 ticket price and the pennant givaway.
so we start off the break with 11 home games. were much better at home, and toronto doesnt stymie us again, I dont find 8-3 for the homestand out of reach. also a must if we want to hang around the .500 mark through out the long road trip to follow.
FLATBRIM!!! Dare I say, “Heeeeeeeee’s Baaaaaaaaack”
I post that because it’s great to see that George Sherrill was the second most important person in the ASG to help his team win.
I guess it was also nice to see Miggy really help out his team as well, I’ve never harbored any resentment towards him, and for me he’ll always be an Oriole.
I actually thought Tejada should have had the MVP award, personally. He was outstanding in the game with the bat and the glove. Tough luck, Miggy. We still kinda like you though.
So, Jake Arrieta’s new manager is Davey Johnson! Both of those Balmer heroes are on the USA Olympic baseball team, so that’s pretty cool.
Oh, and hey – Joe Flacco got signed before Training Camp started, which is a pretty great thing for the blackbirds. Now if the orangebirds could only sign Matusz before the end of the weekend….
Just got that Flacco news up on the main page actually, along with some thoughts about the upcoming season.
I’m pretty confident Matusz will sign without issue. They’re probably just waiting for the market to set itself (no need to set it for everyone else, a la Wieters).
I’m clearly better at your job, Neal.
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