What Went Right
- The Second Base Position – Darwin Barney has been good. Jeff Baker, after tonight’s performance, has been great. Coming into the season, it’s was pretty much assumed that Blake DeWitt would get the majority of the time at the position and now we’re talking and debating if he even deserves to be on the roster. Tonight was Baker’s night to start and he took full advantage. At this point, the platoon appears to be working, but the position as a whole is still one that needs upgrade. My biggest question is: how do you guys feel with Baker hitting leadoff in games that Fukudome isn’t in the lineup? When I first thought about it, I was opposed to it. Then, the more I looked at the other options, I couldn’t really find anyone else to fill that role and that scares me a little.
- Offense That Steps on your Throat – One of the most encouraging things I saw out of the offense tonight was the fact that we didn’t take the foot off the gas pedal once Baker put us up 5-2. Zambrano tried his best to give some of the runs back, making it 5-4, but the offense continued to fight and tacked on two insurance runs as a result. Those runs became huge as the 9th inning was a little shaky. Overall, if our starter can leave the game after six with the lead, our back end of the pen is good enough to close the door more often than not. That being said, it’s still key to continue to pull away to take yourselves out of those pressure situations and get the key pen guys the rest they need.
- Brewers Defense – A couple of errors by the Brewers today helped us out. Wasn’t really impressed with the defense they played as a whole. They employed a shift I’ve never seen before against Geo. It was an alignment that didn’t really make much sense. I don’t really see Geo as that kind of hitter.
What Went Wrong
- Zambrano’s Command – He picked up the win, going six innings, but I still didn’t feel great about his command of the strike zone today. His velocity is still down and he’s all over the place. Thankfully we didn’t run into the cramping issue. I was a little surprised to see Quade let Zambrano hit in the top of the 6th. With Zambrano already over 100 pitches on the night and Soriano on third with one out, I would have thought a better move might have been to pinch hit at that point to try to extend the lead. Thankfully it worked out, but at the time I was a little upset about the decision.
Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)
1st Star – Jeff Baker (.419 WPA)
2nd Star – Geovany Soto (.132 WPA)
3rd Star – Casey McGehee (.097 WPA)