Comments on: Highest WPA by a pitcher in a game http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10119 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Whiz http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10119/comment-page-1#comment-97476 Wed, 02 Mar 2011 02:54:54 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10119#comment-97476 @1 and 4,

One way of looking at it is that a pitcher (or any player, for that matter) with a WPA of 1.5 or so did enough to win three games, but his teammates were bad enough to lose two games 🙂

]]>
By: LJF http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10119/comment-page-1#comment-97419 Tue, 01 Mar 2011 19:06:54 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10119#comment-97419 #25 - Duke. Cool find. Also, Barker entered the game in the 8th and threw a wild pitch while facing the first batter, allowing the go ahead run to score. The Rangers tied it in the 9th and Barker pitched 9 2/3 scoreless innnings after the WP to get the win - and the huge WPA.

]]>
By: dukeofflatbush http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10119/comment-page-1#comment-97342 Tue, 01 Mar 2011 03:28:02 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10119#comment-97342 Not sure if this is a record, but Saturday, September 17, 1977 - Twins vs Rangers featured to relief pitchers on either team have a WPA over 1, Gary Serum for the Twinkies @ 1.060, and Len Barker for the Rangers @ 1.086

]]>
By: zack http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10119/comment-page-1#comment-97302 Mon, 28 Feb 2011 22:54:16 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10119#comment-97302 Neither of these would be near the top of the list all-time but they both come to mind because they were recent.

April 29th, 2009. Yovani Gallardo. Beat Pittsburgh 1-0. Drove in the game's only run with a solo HR in the 7th inning. Total WPA: .729

Even better...
May 13th, 2010. Mat Latos. Beat the Giants 1-0 on a complete game with 1 hit and zero walks allowed. Oh, and he drove in the game's only run with an RBI single in the 5th. Total WPA: .948

Interestingly, that was the 2nd time Latos beat the (eventual champion) Giants 1-0 within a three week period. And Jonathan Sanchez took the loss in both games. Tough luck for Sanchez, I'd say...

]]>
By: BSK http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10119/comment-page-1#comment-97278 Mon, 28 Feb 2011 20:25:11 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10119#comment-97278 The thing about WPA is that truly amazing or dominant performances don't always rack up the biggest numbers. Someone mentioned a guy driving in 9 runs. Obviously, that is stupendous. But if he threw a shutout, most of those runs he drove in added little WPA, only because the game was so well in hand already. You really need a combination of a stellar pitching performance in a tight game (ideally into extra innings) and some hitting heroics. WPA doesn't necessarily tell us what was best... just what was most important or valuable. Obviously, a perfect game with 2 GSs is better than a 2-hit CGSO with 1 HR. But if you won the first game 22-0 and the second game 1-0, there was more value in the totality of the pitcher's contributions in the latter than in the former, as counter-intuitive as it may seem.

]]>
By: Joseph http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10119/comment-page-1#comment-97273 Mon, 28 Feb 2011 20:08:11 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10119#comment-97273 Did anyone get Vern Law's game on July 19, 1955, with is pitching WPA of 1.675? Too bad his batting was minus .222. Total 1.453.

]]>
By: Doug http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10119/comment-page-1#comment-97271 Mon, 28 Feb 2011 19:59:55 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10119#comment-97271 @ 9 and Cloninger's big day.

Cloninger's 3 for 5, with 2 GSHR and 9 RBI, was only good for a .159 offesnive WPA. Why? Because (I guess) the Braves won 17-3. So, Braves presumably would have won quite handily even if Cloninger had struck out 5 times.

Cloninger's total WPA for the game was only .196. He earned only .037 defensive WPA for his 3-run, 7-hit, complete game.

]]>
By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10119/comment-page-1#comment-97261 Mon, 28 Feb 2011 19:29:30 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10119#comment-97261 #11 -- True, there were some good hitters on the '71 Reds. But they were not a good offensive teamfor them, ranking 9th out of 12 NL teams in runs and BA, and 10th in hits. Just 3 weeks before Wise's no-hitter against them, Ken Holtzman had done the same.

Incidentally, the no-hitter by Wise was the last one against the Reds until Halladay's postseason gem last year.

]]>
By: Anon http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10119/comment-page-1#comment-97260 Mon, 28 Feb 2011 19:23:33 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10119#comment-97260 @15 - THat's another reason it has to be a long-ago game - pitchers were allowed to hit in situations that would NEVER be allowed to hit today.

How about this game?: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/MLN/MLN195810080.shtml

1958 World Series, Game 6, bottom of the ninth, tie game, Braves one swing of the bat away from a title and they let Warren Spahn bat for himself against Ryne Duren who was absolute money that year.

Spahn K's, gives up 2 in the top of the 10th, the Braves lose and then lose Game 7. . . . .

]]>
By: Anon http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10119/comment-page-1#comment-97256 Mon, 28 Feb 2011 19:14:12 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10119#comment-97256 OK, found one higher - Jerry Walker in 1959 went 16 and went 2-6 a tthe plate

1.591 WPA pitching, .011 WPA hitting - 1.602 WPA total . . . .

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/BAL/BAL195909112.shtml

]]>