Another start, another two earned runs for Johan Santana, who saw his volatile ERA balloon to 1.50. Meanwhile, Carlos Gomez has a wOBA of .283 with the Twins this season.
Ramon Martinez drove in the winning run for the Mets, but didn't manage to do anything else right. He bungled two routine plays and almost committed a third error on a low throw that Daniel Murphy scooped to end the sixth inning. GWRBI! aside, there's really no reason that Martinez should even be with the big club let alone starting regularly in Jose Reyes's absense. Fernando Tatis could have two left hands and two right feet and I'm still convinced he'd be more productive at shortstop than would Martinez. By now we know that fielding percentage isn't all that important, but Martinez has made four errors in like twelve innings (give or take). As the Italian butcher I like to pretend I know might say, "He's a-no good".
The SNY gun had Bobby Parnell hitting 99 with his fastball, which is a tad high even for Parnell's cannon-arm. He set down Jason Bay, J.D. Drew and Mike Lowell in efficient, 1-2-3 fashion in the eighth, while Francisco Rodriguez induced three flyballs for an easy ninth and his twelvth "save" of the year. On a side note, can everyone please agree to just stop calling him K-Rod? It's honestly the worst nickname in the history of nicknames. Just lose it.
And finally, Kevin Youkilis, whom I love as a ballplayer, has elevated himself to the lofty rank of Chief Douchelord with his giant elbow and slow-walk shenanigans in last night's game. Congratulations, Youk!
Don't forget to check out Rivers McCown's Manuel Managing Report Card in the FanPosts.
Big winners: Johan Santana, +15.7% WPA, David Wright, +11.6% WPA
Big losers: Jeremy Reed, -9.0% WPA, Daniel Murphy, -8.1% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Ellsbury groundout to end sixth with bases loaded, +12.8% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Martinez throwing error on Varitek grounder in sixth, -16.0% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +34.7% WPA
Total batter WPA: +15.3% WPA
GWRBI!: Ramon Martinez
Nice job by PSUdevon; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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