Game Nineteen Reaction
The pick that clicked: Paul Konerko +49.4% win probability added
The pick that did not click: A.J. Pierzynski -14.5%
Most important at-bat: Konerko’s go-ahead HR in the 8th +28.6%
Most important pitch: Ken Griffey’s game ending K +14.3%
Total Lineup contribution: +6.1%
Total pitching contribution: +43.9%
John Danks is good at pitching.
Fun, mostly meaningless split statistics: Against finesse pitchers, the Sox lineup has an OPS+ of 79. In high leverage situations, the Sox lineup has an OPS+ of 115.
That could have been a little easier of a victory, but huzzah! for victories. There were several timess in the game I counted where the Sox should have plated more runs than they did.
- The Sox had a run expectancy of 1.87 in the first inning with runners on the corners with no outs. Jones went down on strikes, killing RE by 66 points.
- The passed ball happened, giving the Sox a 1-0 lead. Konerko walked and they had runners on first and second with one out, meaning RE of .94. Pierzynski the Destroyer grounded out to short, and Quentin followed suit.
- In the sixth inning, Jones singled and Konerko hit a ground rule double, giving the Sox a RE of 2.02. Pierzynski the Destroyer popped up the first pitch on the infield, killing RE by 59%. Quentin hit another weak groundball to score at least one run to tie, but it was another missed opportunity.
- Teahen doubled in the 7th to lead off. RE was 1.15. Alexei went down whiffing (-45%), Pierre grounded out (-37%) and Beckham lined out (-33% RE).
Mercifully, three runs was enough.
Thank goodness Bobby Jenks learned that Ken Griffey Jr. cannot catch up to a high fastball these days.
Tyler Flowers has a .421 wOBA for Triple-A Charlotte and may A.J. Pierzynski be put on notice: He’s officially on my doo-doo list.