Juan’s Big Night WPA Bucs@Cards 4/25/06
Posted by The Right Reverend on April 26, 2006
Juan went from the dog house to the penthouse in many of the fans minds yesterday. Not long ago Juan was being booed from the usual friendly St. Louis fans. Last night, he was being cheered, even asked to come out for a curtain call after his 2 run jack in the 3rd inning that put the Cardinals ahead 4-3. I guess that's baseball for ya. From what I've heard Juan is a streak hitter, so hopefully he can get hot for a while. Rolen was out last night with bronchitis, and I'm sure he'll probably be out of the lineup today.
Hector Luna singled in the first inning with one out, then stole second base. Jose Castillo couldn't handle the throw from the catcher, which advanced Luna to third. Victor Santos proceeded to walk Albert Pujols, which brought up Jimmy Edmonds. With runners on first and third the Cardinal WPA was already 66.8%. Edmonds the brought in Luna with a line-drive single to increase WPA to 73.8%. Then Juan Encarnacion hit a ground rule double to make the score 2-0 and upped WPA to 83.1%. After a weird top of the third that included an error by Gary Bennett, and a hit by pitch, the Pirates managed to go ahead 3-2, dropping the Cards WPA to 46.2%.
Juan Encarnacion then hit a homerun with one on and 2 outs to make the score 4-3 in the bottom of the third, a big jump in WPA from 42.8% to 66%, a 23.2% increase. Then in the 5th inning with Pujols on first, Encarnacion tripled to increase Cardinal WPA from 71.6% to 85.4%. 5-3 Redbirds. Later on Spiezio hit a solo shot to give the Cardinals a 6-3 lead, and increase their WPA from 90%-95%. Looper and Izzy came in and iced the game 7.9% WPA between the two.
The tops in WPA-
- Encarnacion (of course) 40.9% Finished just a single away from hitting for the cycle.
- Edmonds 9%
- Luna 5%, (3 for 4)