== M’s get their money’s worth for one day at least ==
But did it take until May 18 for them both to rock in the same game? Seems like it.
Felix: 8.0 IP, 7 H, 1 BB, 5 K
Cano: 4-for-5, double
And the answer is yes. Sunday’s win over the Twins was the first game in which they both made major positive contributions.
I haven’t focused much on the RE24 stat (runs above average run expectation by 24 base/out states) (the 24 base/out states being the different possible combinations of men on base and outs), but now that I’m looking at the hyper-detailed baseball-reference.com boxscore every day (it’s here), I’ve become interested in it.
It is a way of measuring the “actual” on-the-field manner in which the player boosts or fails to boost the team’s chances of scoring or (for pitchers) denying runs. It’s sort of an ultra-sophisticated version of RBI, except it can also apply to pitchers. Details here.
Felix has been over 1.5 (meaning one-and-a-half runs denied over average) four times.
Cano’s done it three times (and once at 1.49) … and, yes, as forecast, Sunday was the first time they both did it in the same game.
More fun with RE24:
|Season||Over 1.5 in a game||Over 1.0 in a game|
- Cano has the most cumulative, but Smoak has been an “impact player” in the most games (8).
- Seager and, yes, Zunino right behind with seven “impact” games.
- Yes, that’s James Jones in third cumulative. He hasn’t had a chance to collect negative impact yet. Maybe he never will!
- Young and Felix tied for cumulative impact, and Young just one game behind in number of “impact” games. Young has been awesome on the field even if he’s defying gravity.
- Beimel keeps adding little bits of goodness without any real negatives. Is McClendon a genius at picking his spots or is it just good fortune? Hint: it’s not BABIP-against (.350).
Corey Hart is out with a hamstring injury. He was having a terrible May, but, as you can see above, he had at least five games in which he made a big difference.
If he goes on the disabled list, then Nick Franklin would be a likely choice, even though he’s not a big hitter from the right side, because he’s been on a tear (.376/.481/.633). He was held out of Monday’s Tacoma game, so that’s a pretty good indicator.
- Two of my favorite pitchers got rocked in Sacramento. Erasmo Ramirez seems to be fading fast from top consideration. On Sunday: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. Not getting it done.
- And Carson Smith, pitching for the first time since April 20, gave up 2 ER in 1.0 IP. But in between Stephen Pryor went 1.1 IP scoreless.
- AA Jackson has struggled on offense, but Mickey Wiswall got them going Sunday with a homer and a single. The reinforcements from High Desert (Patrick Kivlehan and Dario Pizzano) haven’t contributed much yet.
- Tyler Pike had his worst outing of the year (3.2 IP, 7 ER) as High Desert fell. Even Pike’s good outings have been marred by walks, but of course everyone struggles some at Adelanto.
- Clinton got a solid win behind starter Carlos Misell (7.0 IP, 0 R, 5 K) and offense from Austin Wilson (2-for-4, HR).