Delayed Reaction: Game Four
There were so many mind numbing, frustrating things about that game I don’t even know where to begin. Thankfully Jim has a nice rundown of the mayhem.
Hero: Matt Thorton +15.2% win probability added
Flock of Goats: The offense -53%
Poor Tony Pena. He had J.J. Hardy, but was squeezed by home plate umpire Chris Guccioni.
After getting two non-calls in a row, Pena hung a slider, Mauer scored from second, and the Sox’s chances went in the toilet.
Why was Vizquel allowed to bat in the 11th? And why is he batting anywhere but ninth in the lineup? Sure, he somehow managed to get a hit, but not before he screwed up the hit and run, leaving Rios in the lurch. I’m not saying Jayson Nix is the world’s greatest hitter, but he’s a great hitter when you stand him next to Omar Vizquel. The difference between the two, if you buy their CHONE projections, is .068 wOBA. The team’s bullpen catcher is probably a better hitter than Omar Vizquel.
That’s all for me at the moment. If you want to look for positives after this turd-fest, it’s nice to see Rios look comfortable at the plate. And I found it interesting to see Ozzie Guillen put Santos in with the bases loaded in a 3-3 tie. Sure, he was only facing Delmon Young, but I found it telling. I think that’s a positive.