Win Probability Added @ Fangraphs
Rafael Betancourt .156
Jhonny Peralta .145
Josh Barfield .089
Fultz/Shoppach (tied) .088
Paul Byrd -.079
Victor Martinez -.066
Grady Sizemore -.043
Well, it looks like neither Ryan nor I got to actually watch the game. We could read the box and recap and just fake it, but instead, we're turning the commentary over to Andrew (afh4) ... because here at LGT, you, the readers, are king, unless you piss us off, of course. Andrew?
Posted on Mon May 21, 2007 at 05:18:32 PM EDT
In the ongoing Showdown for Ohio, the Cleveland Indians finished out the series. As has been pointed out a number of times around here, the Indians have been incredibly good at winning at home this year (now 16-4) and at winning series (now 10-3-1).
Paul Byrd continued to look like a quality starter, turning in yet another quality start with 9 hits and 3 earned over 7 innings. Shoppach caught, as he has for Byrd's last 6 starts; Shoppach is becoming Byrd's caddy and provided this quote:
Byrd ran into a little bit of trouble in the second inning, giving up a leadoff homerun to He Whose Name Shall Not Be Spoken and then an RBI double to Scott "Pickin' Machine" Hatteberg. The Indians battled back with a variety of runs in the third and fourth, bringing the score to 5-2 and chasing Harang after 5 innings.
There wasn't a lot of drama until the eigth inning when Byrd loaded them up with no outs and then handed it over to the bullpen. Fultz coaxed a sac fly, Shoppach cut down Ryan Freel at third, and Betancourt got HWNSNBS swinging. Shoppach tried to pull the "No, no I'm not the prettiest girl at the prom" routine:
Regardless of what he says, Kelly is the prettiest girl at the prom. Plus, she has a cannon for an arm which is awesome for the afterparty.
Jhonny Peralta contributed with a couple of hits, including a homerun that ran his team leading total to 10. He also ate Ken Griffey Jr.'s hamstring, state fair turkey leg style, as he rounded the bases. Borowski tacked on a 1-2-3 ninth.
The game lacked strong narrative for a number of reasons:
- The Reds suck.
- Paul Byrd, as awesome as he's been this year, is not sizzling, especially when he's pitching well.
- Despite its name, the winner of the Showdown for Ohio doesn't win the state of Ohio. They don't win anything. C'mon, we can't get a Scarlet Carnation corsage or make the losers battle in a pit of Black Racer Snakes?