Highest Leverage PA: 3.9, PA #39, Harper 4-6 force vs Latos, Nats' 5th. Highest Clutch Value: .160, PA #33, Ramos HR vs Latos, Nationals' 5th. .160, PA #45, Espinosa HR vs Arredondo, Nats' 6th. Lowest Opp. Clutch Val: -.120, PA #50, Phillips L6-3 DP vs Zimmermann, Reds' 6th QMAX rating: Elite Square (2,2) for Zimmermann. Bullpen Award: Hero's Palm for Rodriguez.Batters' Leveraged Win Values:
Espinosa 0.277 Ramos 0.158 LaRoche 0.052 Desmond 0.031 Zimmermann 0.006 Moore -0.016 Bernadina -0.047 Zimmerman -0.108 Ankiel -0.193 Harper -0.196Wilson Ramos' torn ACL marred one of those tense, splendid games that are a joy for fans but probably a bit stressful for the players. Ramos hasn't received a whole lot of notice in the Season of Bryce, but he was putting together a useful season as a key contributor with the bat in clutch situations. The Nationals may well miss him more than the few weeks of Jayson Werth or Michael Morse. Contending teams always feature a couple of chaps like Ramos having career years from the lower reaches of the lineup. At least he went out on a high note with that homer. As far as the game went, on the manager's show the next day Davey Johnson commented on Bryce Harper's current troubles with the bat by highlighting exactly that 4-6 force out singled out as the most leveraged plate appearance of the game. No consolation to Harper that if he was going to be got out in spectacular fashion, it had to be at such a highly-leveraged moment.
A careless copying error led to Clippard getting a Hero's Palm that should have gone to Henry Rodriguez. The Bullpen Awards table has been modified.
— 17 May 2012