Thursday, April 22, 2010

Net Runs Special, 4-22-2010: Pirate Massacre (Milwaukee 20, Pittsburgh 0)

Box score courtesy of Baseball Reference

TeamPlayerNet RunsHitPitchDefBaseEXERAPitOuts
MILRandy Wolf 0.4260.306-0.3670.4870.0005.1318
MILGeorge Kottaras 0.5400.4460.0000.0940.0000.000
MILPrince Fielder 2.1931.8340.0000.3590.0000.000
MILRickie Weeks 1.3370.3820.0000.5830.3720.000
MILCasey McGehee 0.3610.1120.0000.2490.0000.000
MILAlcides Escobar -0.0250.0460.000-0.0710.0000.000
MILRyan Braun 4.2543.7680.0000.4580.0280.000
MILCarlos Gomez -0.912-0.6170.000-0.4380.1430.000
MILJim Edmonds 5.9863.2730.0002.7130.0000.000
MILMIL Luckbox1.6241.6240.0000.0000.0000.000
MILKen Macha0.0000.0000.0000.0000.0000.000
MILJody Gerut 0.9800.6600.0000.3200.0000.000
MILCraig Counsell 0.8930.8930.0000.0000.0000.000
MILJoe Inglett 0.1550.1550.0000.0000.0000.000
MILClaudio Vargas -0.390-0.237-0.1530.0000.0005.903
MILManny Parra 1.9321.0000.9320.0000.000-3.153
MILTrevor Hoffman -0.1800.000-0.1800.0000.0006.123

TeamPlayerNet RunsHitPitchDefBaseEXERAPitOuts
PITDaniel McCutchen -1.469-0.629-1.2400.4000.0007.4411
PITRyan Doumit -0.320-0.1490.000-0.1710.0000.000
PITGarrett Jones 0.8120.9510.000-0.2820.1430.000
PITAkinori Iwamura -1.708-0.4320.000-1.2760.0000.000
PITDelwyn Young -0.769-0.7690.0000.0000.0000.000
PITRonny Cedeno -0.152-0.2290.0000.0770.0000.000
PITLastings Milledge -0.762-0.3160.000-0.209-0.2370.000
PITAndrew McCutchen -2.536-0.8170.000-1.7190.0000.000
PITRyan Church -1.178-0.3930.000-0.7850.0000.000
PITPIT Luckbox0.1130.1130.0000.0000.0000.000
PITJohn Russell0.0000.0000.0000.0000.0000.000
PITArgenis Diaz-0.109-0.1090.0000.0000.0000.000
PITJohn Raynor 0.154-0.3400.0000.4940.0000.000
PITJason Jaramillo -0.610-0.6100.0000.0000.0000.000
PITDJ Carrasco-2.435-0.337-2.2700.1720.00023.563
PITJavier Lopez 0.5840.0000.4350.1490.0001.904
PITJoel Hanrahan -0.2730.000-0.2730.0000.0006.903
PITBrendan Donnelly 0.5540.0000.5540.0000.0000.003
PITOctavio Dotel -1.6080.000-1.6080.0000.00018.043

Pirates starting pitcher Daniel McCutchen actually threw a decent 1st inning, going strikeout, flyout, groundout. Of course, things went far, far downhill from there, and John Russell had seen enough two outs into the 4th. Of course, with DJ Carrasco in relief things would get much, much worse. Neither Pittsburgh nor Milwaukee had any idea exactly how much worse.

Even while trying to show mercy once the lead stretched to double digits, the Brewers couldn't help but force in more runs as the Pirates defense, pitching and the friendly confines of their home PNC Park allowed more bloodletting despite themselves. Milwaukee received over a run and a half of help thanks to Pirates miscues... not that they needed it.

The Pirates weren't all bad in this 20-0 massacre. Garrett Jones erased a so-so defensive effort with a decent day at the plate. But he was the only one who did much of anything against a Brewers pitching staff that honestly didn't have much of a day. Randy Wolf finished with an EXERA of 5.13, Claudio Vargas had an ugly inning of work (5.90) and so did Trevor Hoffman in a rust-rid mop up 9th (6.12).

Manny Parra, meanwhile, had himself a ball at the Pirates' expense. He watched a grounder go for a base hit to lead off the 8th (his only inning), then quietly went strikeout, strikeout, groundout to finish the frame. Then he came to bat with the sacks loaded in the top 9th and poked a grounder past Aki Iwamura at 2B to knock in yet another run. Parra's not known for his sympathy, so go figure he didn't get the memo to let off the gas as he piled up 1.932 NRuns in garbage time.

As you'd expect, several other Brewers piled up massive numbers. Jim Edmonds had a great day in RF, and unloaded at the plate, totalling up 5.986 NRuns, while Ryan Braun added 4.254 of his own thanks in large part to his 3 run bomb early in the rout. Prince Fielder added 2.193 NR and Rickie Weeks added over a run combined on the bases, at that plate and in the field.

The Pirates left over 4 runs on the table at the plate as, save for Garrett Jones, every other Pirate finished in the red at the plate as the team combined for -4.066 NRuns hitting, -3.150 NRuns fielding and -4.402 NRuns pitching. And that's with decent relief performances by Javier Lopez and a very upset Brendan Donnelly.

Today was an embarrassment. We should all be embarrassed to have major-league baseball uniforms on our back today. It was an atrocity. We set a record. We should all be embarrassed about it. That's how I feel.

You'll notice the above totals, plus Pirates miscues, only account for about 13 runs of damage. So where did the other 7 runs go?

PNC Park's walls and otufield seats swallowed up about 7 runs, whether from home runs or unreachable flyballs off the wall. Given how terrible the outfield defense was for the Pirates, I'm not sure it would have mattered if the walls were 500 feet back.

The Brewers blasted off on Pirates pitching all day, and for the Pirates it took a team effort of failure, everything from the hitting to the pitching to the fielding to the hometown park itself, to produce the 2010 season's biggest blowout to date.

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