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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Not Worth The Wait: Cardinals 2, Dodgers 1

Derek Lowe posted his second-best game of the season, giving up two runs but otherwise pitching well. The lowlight of the game was the ninth inning, stopped by an uncharacteristic rain delay after one out and with a 2-2 count to Matt Kemp. Kemp walked once the game resumed, setting the stage for some futile dramatics, but eventually it came down to watching Andruw Jones flail fruitlessly at a ball to strike out to end the game with the tying run 90 feet away. Jones, of course, was the first batter all night that Cardinals closer-du jour Ryan Franklin got to a 1-2 count, and so the outcome was never really in doubt.

But that aside, it occurred to me that in a game like this the offensive blame may not be obvious, and so it was. I reviewed the Fangraphs site to look at the Dodgers' WPA, and it was actually Blake DeWitt who earned the largest negative WPA on the team, grounding out with one out in the second (at least he moved his man over, though, -0.019 WPA) ending the fourth on a strikeout with a man in scoring position (-0.055), fouling out to lead off the seventh (-0.040), and most heinously, striking out swinging in the ninth with a man on first and one out (-0.114), and this against a pitcher who was having extreme difficulty in finding the plate. Druw makes a great scapegoat, but he doesn't fit the bill here.

ESPN BoxRecap

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