Highest Leverage PA: 4.2, PA #78, Guzman GDP vs Burnett, Padres' 9th. Highest Clutch Value: .165, PA #56, Desmond 2B vs Mikoleas, Nationals' 6th. Lowest Opp. Clutch Val: -.218, PA #78, Guzman GDP vs Burnett, Padres' 9th. QMAX rating: Hit Hard (6,3) for Detwiler. Bullpen Award: Hero's Palm for Burnett.Batters' Leveraged Win Values:
Desmond 0.234 Zimmerman 0.169 Bernadina 0.135 Flores 0.081 Tracy 0.062 Ankiel 0.041 Nady -0.007 Stammen -0.024 Leon -0.032 Detwiler -0.042 Harper -0.084 Espinosa -0.108 LaRoche -0.149This was a very good result for the Nationals. They turned around from a heartbreaker in Cincinnati, went the next evening with not much rest after a night of travel to play in unpleasant conditions, and hung on in a ding-dong battle until they came out the winners. It speaks a lot of the character of this team. Unlike a lot of sabermetrically minded types, I put some value on what can't be measured, because in results like this, though we can't measure it, we can see it on display. Furthermore, it wasn't just one player who carried the team, but an effort involving the top and the bottom of the lineup, and even the chaps off the bench.
A word, though, about Ross Detwiler. I've been very excited about his start to this season, but it is a bad time for him to suffer a bit of a slump, with Wang's return from the disabled list closer every day. Although he continues to exhibit exemplary control, he has got knocked around a bit in his last two starts. I'm just a little worried.