Despite my worries about Jordan Zimmermann, yesterday he put in a fringy quality start, at the limit of the QMAX Success Square despite giving up eight hits. He threw more fastballs, more breaking balls and fewer sliders. His fastballs look like they had a bit more velocity, but at some cost in movement.
Highest Leverage PA: 6.1, McGehee single vs Barrett, Marlins 10th. Highest LI Win Value: -.773 McGehee single vs Barrett, Marlins 10th. QMAX rating: (4,3) for Zimmermann (SS). Bullpen Award: Barrett, Goat's Head.Batters' Aggregate LI Win Values:
Span 0.876 McLouth 0.837 Desmond 0.163 Hairston 0.097 Espinosa 0.069 Ramos -0.010 Zimmermann -0.022 Moore -0.032 Dobbs -0.289 Frandsen -0.466 LaRoche -0.496 Werth -0.511 Rendon -0.810
Having met disappointment in DC, I headed across country via the magic of the Internet and was entranced by a eminently watchable pitching duel between Anibal Sanchez and Scott Kazmir in Oakland. Kazmir's amazing 'fall off the table' pitch time and again fooled Tiger batters. Sanchez met him pitch for pitch, working the zone in such a way that gained the umpire's approval but left the Athletics to stalk away shaking their heads with grimaces of disgust. Sanchez was pulled in the ninth after giving up a double and then the ghost of Jose Valverde, disguised as Joe Nathan, took the mound. 'Oimoi', as they used to say in Ancient Greek tragedy.
Highest Leverage PA: 7.5, Donaldson HR vs Nathan, Athletics 9th. Highest LI Win Value: -1.819, Donaldson HR vs Nathan, Athletics 9th. QMAX rating: (1,1) for Sanchez (ES). Bullpen Award: Nathan, Goat's Head.Batters' Aggregate LI Win Values:
Rajai 0.026 V-Mart 0.004 A-Jax -0.014 Worth -0.020 JD-Mart -0.039 Cabrera -0.038 Castellanos -0.044 Hunter -0.047 Avila -0.085 Kinsler -0.188