ERV Boxscore for June 7, vs. Oakland
So I looked up last night's lineups in the thesauras and found the following: anemic, sickly, pallid, feeble, wan. Only Nick Johnson, of course, had a positive ERV night at the plate for the Nats. He has had positive ERV games in 7 of the last 8 and 13 of the last 17. Can we petition the league to allow him to bat every time, using invisible men on base?
-- Not surprisingly, the most valuable play is a defensive one, Johnson's pick of Carroll's wan throw on the crucial double play in the 8th. Carroll gets the debit, but Nick picks up the fielding credit, which gives him a 7.00 total WV on the night (Gary Bennett-like numbers).
-- In addition to the victory, we gave A's fans false hope about Barry Zito. Cf. Obermueller, W. (May 2005) & Moehler, B. (April 2005). Dozens of struggling pitchers throughout the league are thinking, "If I can just get to the Nats game ..."
-- Nats Blog's attendance winning streak stretches to 13 games on the year, with the aid of Chris Needham of Capitol Punishment and D of the DC United blog, and Dexys and I had to talk the guards out of tasering them only twice. The four of us stood alone against the simpletons who applauded the Nats's sacrifice bunts.
EDIT: The original box omitted Ayala's appearance. It is now fixed.
ERV Win: Obvious
ERV Loss: Kotsay
3 Most Valuable Plays:
(1) Johnson's pick of Carroll's throw on the DP in the 8th (3.66)
(2) Johnson's 2-run homer (2.91)
(3) Kotsay ground out to end the game (-1.83)
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