Highest Leverage PA: 2.1, PA#62 Duda K vs Clippard, Mets 8th. Highest LI Win Value: .148, PA #31, Desmond HR vs Colon, Nationals 5th. QMAX rating: (2,3) for Gonzalez (Success Square zone). Bullpen Award: None.Batters' Aggregate LI Win Values:
Desmond 0.108 Werth 0.088 Gonzalez 0.033 Rendon 0.025 LaRoche 0.021 McLouth -0.005 Lobaton -0.028 Span -0.070 Zimmerman -0.071 Harper -0.094There's a higher-leveraged incident than Lucas Duda's PA, which is an event that occurred in the Mets' fifth: Ruben Tejada was thrown out by Bryce Harper at home, trying to score off Juan Lagares' double. That was worth .120 of a win, which compensated for Harper's negative batting performance.
The Highest Leverage PA is low, reflecting the fact that the Nationals took charge of this game with Ian Desmond's home run in the fifth. (How much is he worth now?)
I did not watch the game, following on the radio as is most common for me, but the numbers suggest that Gio Gonzalez was the key to winning this game.
After Tyler Clippard walked Tejada (funny how the name of such an apparently disappointing player appears twice in this report), I was worried that he wasn't quite the Clippard I came to appreciate so deeply in seasons past, but he bounced back quite strongly. But none of the reliever's performances really warranted a Hero's Palm. I have decided retrospectively, however, to award one to Aaron Barrett for his Game #1 outing.