Game 44 + Minors Rewind: Pitching & Hitting Together! In the Same Game?

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== A rare complete showing ==

On Monday, I looked at the “RE24” stat.  I don’t like the name or the abbreviation, which doesn’t convey what it is, but the stat measures contributions to runs for hitters and prevention of runs by pitchers.  It’s not perfect, but it’s a good quick way to measure a player’s impact on a game.

On Sunday we saw, for the first time, concurrent “impact” games (my definition; meaning more than one run of individual contribution) from Robinson Cano and Felix Hernandez.

On Tuesday, it was Cano and Hisashi Iwakuma teaming up.

Cano had two singles, a walk and a steal for a +1.4 run contribution.

Iwakuma went 8.0 IP for the third straight time, yielding 2 ER.  He only rung up three strikeouts, but except for an Adrian Beltre homer, he gave up nothing much of consequence.  He had a +2.0 contribution.

So the M’s were up by “3.4 runs” just from those two guys.

And the rest of the gang didn’t give it away:

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Iwakuma already has +0.8 Fangraphs WAR (+1.2 baseball-reference WAR) after just four outings.

He’s not racking up a gazillion strikeouts, but no one is touching him.  His ISO-against is just .094, and his XBH% is just 4.6%.  Both way below average.

He’s benefiting from a low BABIP-against (.207), but, unlike with Chris Young, the HR, XBH and ISO numbers confirm that no one is hitting the ball hard — so it’s not just good fortune.

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Wild Card Standings:

American League
AMERICAN W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA DIFF STRK L10
LA Angels 25 20 .556 12-12 13-8 225 182 +43 Won 1 7-3
NY Yankees 23 21 .523 11-11 12-10 189 202 -13 Lost 2 4-6
Toronto 24 22 .522 10-11 14-11 222 212 +10 Won 1 6-4
Minnesota 22 21 .512 .5 12-11 10-10 200 211 -11 Won 1 7-3
Seattle 22 22 .500 1 8-10 14-12 184 173 +11 Won 2 4-6
Chicago Sox 23 24 .489 1.5 11-10 12-14 233 242 -9 Won 2 4-6
Kansas City 22 23 .489 1.5 12-11 10-12 178 177 +1 Lost 2 5-5
Texas 21 24 .467 2.5 12-13 9-11 177 214 -37 Lost 1 3-7
Cleveland 21 25 .457 3 14-11 7-14 191 215 -24 Won 2 4-6
Boston 20 24 .455 3 10-15 10-9 179 194 -15 Lost 5 3-7

Even if you concede one of the spots to the A’s-Angels runner-up (which you have to at this moment), the second spot is a complete free-for-all.

And notice who has the best run differential of all the contenders for the second spot.

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Daily Prospect-palooza

  • Tacoma got blown out at home, 7-0.  Is there a bright side?  How about: Carson Smith pitching a scoreless inning in his second appearance after returning from the disabled list.
  • High Desert fell despite a strong start from Scott DeCecco.  He’s a guy who gets your attention every so often with a good performance, but he’s lacked consistency.  Tuesday: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K.  Tyler Smith added a pair of hits.
  • Low-A Clinton fell behind 13-1 and then … didn’t mount a comeback for the ages.  Maybe there’s a quota.  But … Austin Wilson launched home run No. 5, and now has a .286/.361/.471 line.
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