Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Nationals 2014 Game 19: Victoria Ritus Sacrificii

Highest Leverage PA:     5.4, PA#80, Span sac fly vs Maness, Nationals 9th.
Highest LI Win Value:    .155, PA#60, Espinosa single vs Martinez, Nationals 7th.
QMAX rating:             (3,3) for Strasburg (Success Square).
Bullpen Award:           Hero's Palm for Rafael Soriano.
Batters' Aggregate LI Win Values:
Espinosa       0.268
Lobaton        0.252
Walters        0.136
McLouth        0.120
Desmond       -0.005
Werth         -0.012
Strasburg     -0.037
LaRoche       -0.067
Harper        -0.070
Rendon        -0.083
Frandsen      -0.086
Span          -0.150

Jerry Blevins vs Adams was the moment where I thought the game would turn. Manager Matt Williams had the chance at the platoon match-up with Carpenter, but risked it to ensure that he would preserve the advantageous platoon for Adams. This was the call I would have made, because there was always the chance Blevins could get Carpenter out. I'm firmly of the belief that a reliever who enters the game in the middle of an inning has a harder job, and that risking having to do it twice is doubling the jeopardy.

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