Game 19: Angels 5, Indians 2


David Huff allowed three early runs, battled to get through five innings, but then gave up a key two-run homer to Bobby Abreu in the sixth. Huff gave up a constant stream of base runners in his 5+ innings of work (12 hits 1 walk). Manny Acta left him in the game a couple batters too long, but Huff did keep the Indians in the game despite all those hits.

The Indians continued to squander scoring opportunities. In the seventh, Angels reliever Jason Bulger walked the bases loaded with Travis Hafner and Russ Branyan due up, but the two left-handers couldn't deliver against Kevin Jepsen. In the eighth, Fernando Rodney brought the tying run to the plate, but Abreu made a running grab on Grady Sizemore's line drive to end the threat. The Indians pitching staff has overachieved in April, and that's been a good thing, considering how poor the offense has performed. Austin Kearns has been a bright spot; he hit his first home run of the season in the eighth inning, and had three hits on the night. But good offensive lines are a rare sight on the Indians nowadays; Kearns and Choo are the only Indians with an OPS over .800, and three everyday players (Marson, LaPorta, Peralta) have an OPS under .600.

Rafael Perez didn't give up any runs in relief, but he looked awful. From an aesthetic point of view, he's frustrating to watch, taking a long time between pitches, and many times having to come back from 2-0 or 3-1 counts to get outs. If MLB wants to speed up games, making guys like Perez stay on the mound between pitches would be a great place to start.

 

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via www.fangraphs.com

 

Highest WPA Lowest WPA
Austin Kearns .107 David Huff -.158
Shin-Soo Choo .041 Grady Sizemore -.137
Tony Sipp .027 Travis Hafner -.117
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