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.