25-17: I Love Interleague Play

Brewers @ Twins - Friday, May 21, 2010

(via Fangraphs)

Ah, the joys of having an actual job. I didn’t get to see any of this game because I had to work, but it was pretty much over in the first inning. Jeff Suppan started for the Brewers, surrendering 5 runs in just 3.2 innings. And he wasn’t even Milwaukee’s worst pitcher. That would be Dave Bush, who gave up seven runs in just one third of an inning, when he came on to relieve Mitch Stetter in the eighth. Never mind, Bush was the starter and Suppan pitched in relief. Apparently I cannot read a box score. Carry on. Infielder Trevor Plouffe made his major-league debut, going 2-5 with a double and a pair of RBI while not looking too terrible at short. Oh yeah, and some kid named Carlos Gomez hit a three-run homer off of Nick Blackburn.

Best hitters:

Everybody. The offense scored 15 runs, so pretty much everybody had a good night at the plate. Except for that bum Justin Morneau (-.057 WPA), who only went 3-5. What a bum.

Best pitcher:

Nick Blackburn (.102 WPA). Other than that donger to Go-Go, Nick Blackburn pitched a pretty solid 7.1 innings, scattering six hits while walking one and striking out two.

Most important play of the game:

Jason Kubel’s RBI single off of Dave Bush, which scored Orlando Hudson and Joe Mauer (.095 WPA), putting the game out of reach in the first inning.

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  • bhiggum

    Not sure how Morneau going 3-5 is worse than Mauer’s 0-3 with 2 walks and 2 GIDP’s. I am sure that Bush was the starter and got knocked out in the first inning. Not that it mattered in this game.

  • http://twinkietalk.com/ Erin

    Oh, whoops, thanks bhiggum. Let me fix that. Yeah, that’s bad thing about not actually getting to watch the game (and doing the recap when you are half asleep), you sometimes get things like who the actual starter was mixed up.

    I was actually joking about Morneau, since obviously going 3-5 with 3 RBI is really good no matter what the score is. Win Probability Added takes into account whether the hitter was in a high leverage situation, and obviously a 15-3 game has few of those. So even though Morneau had a pretty good night, he ends up with a negative WPA because those hits and RBIs came in lower leverage situations, and thus didn’t help his team win the game. And even though Mauer didn’t really do anything at the plate, he ends up with a higher WPA (.015) just because his failures didn’t happen with the game on the line (plus he got on base in 2 of his 3 ABs and scored a run every time he got on, otherwise his WPA would have been lower). It’s the main reason I don’t use WPA in anything other than game recaps.

  • bhiggum

    I figured the WPA was why you picked out Morneau- as you said, really no bums in this one.

  • Fetch

    I take a couple days off and we get the starting pitcher wrong. Get your head in the game.

    • http://twinkietalk.com/ Erin

      Maybe if you paid me, I wouldn’t have to work. Then I could actually watch the game, and then I would get the starting pitchers right. So there.