Monday, May 30, 2005

ERV Boxscore for May 30, vs. Atlanta

I guess they are all going to be like this, another 3-2 close win. Ohka gives the best Nats starting pitching performance in quite a while, maybe the whole year in terms of Win Value (6.80). Nick Johnson and Marlon Byrd team up on offense, and Frank earns his pay by talking the umps out of giving Jordan a home run, even though my Tivo says he deserved it. A very memorable Memorial Day.


-- I went to today's game, but was a bit distracted with the little DMs there, too (two boys, ages 6 and 4). The 4-year-old is the baseball fan, and I told him to watch "24 Nick" today (he thinks athletes are like Thomas the Tank Engine, each with a name and a number), and I think NJ made a fan for life with his doubles and fine play at first.

-- We got a ball! Thanks to a very nice little girl who got a ball from Eddie Perez, who then gave it to my 4-year-old. He gave it to my other son, who promptly threw it back to Perez. Eddie was nice enough to give it back.

-- A minor RFK complaint I hadn't noticed before: no candy! They only sell Cracker Jack and Cotton Candy. A 5th inning foray for M&Ms was futile -- but fortunately Mrs. DM brought a bunch of Smarties to allow us to make it through to the end of the 6th inning.

-- Since we left before the 7th, we were walking to the car during the Jordan confusion. Impossible to interpret the alternate cheers, boos and then cheers we heard from RFK. Speaking of cheers, unlike the Phillies and Cubs games I went to, practically no Braves fans at this game, and those that were there were very quiet. The inability of the Braves' remarkable success over the past 14 years to garner a committed following, even in Atlanta, is an interesting baseball oddity.

ERV Win: Ohka
ERV Loss: Kelly Johnson & Davies

3 Most Valuable Plays:
(1) Byrd's Double in the 6th (2.59)
(2) Nick Johnson's Double in the 6th (2.48)
(3) Kelly Johnson's GIDP in the 3rd (-1.91)

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At 10:13 AM, Blogger dexys_midnight said...

I saw that Nick Johnson got a negative running ERV and I figure that is for his caught stealing in the 3rd. I wondered watching that, how one would score it ERV-wise. To me, it was a clear hit and run (or simply a 3-2 count send the runner, but with one out) and not a straight steal attempt. Byrd takes a called third strike and Johnson was a sitting duck (out by about 5-10 feet even on a bounced throw). The question I have is whether Nick deserves the full negative of the CS or whether Marlon should share some of it or take it for looking at the called strike when the runner was sent.
Admittedly, I also couldn't see whether Nick also thought it was ball 4 so he just slowed up and it really is all his fault.

At 10:21 AM, Blogger DM said...

Yes, the botched hit and run could be scored differently in ERV. I'd love to give it to the manager! But my spreadsheet doesn't (yet) record "shared" RV between two players, which would help. You could also assign it to Team Running.

At 11:14 AM, Blogger Yuda said...

Call this one a make-up game from the umps giving away that game to the Giants in San Francisco with two bad calls leading to runs.

Now, if they just give us a game to make up for Livan's start in Cincinnati, we'll be even.

At 11:48 AM, Blogger Brian said...

Are Carroll's numbers with the error? With the error changed to a hit, does it change your scoring or do you make your decisions official scorer be damned?

At 1:44 PM, Blogger DM said...

Brian, Carroll's numbers assume he would have made the play that was originally scored an error, as well as assuming he would have turned a double play on a ball hit by chipper jones that he just got the out at first. I don't feel bound by the official scorer's judgment in assessing plays, in part because I also give fielding credit for great plays.

At 3:33 PM, Blogger DM said...


I agree. In the SF game I was tempted to even assign RV and WV debits to the umpires for those calls! But what comes around goes around.


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