Some days you score 13 runs and have all the luck. Some days you can’t get a hit with runners in scoring position to save your life. This was one of the latter days.
Run Expectancy Rundown
Mike Trout and Chris Iannetta were the only positive contributors, which is no surprise. This was a game where it felt like so many players could’ve done something big, but nobody managed to actually come through.
John Ryan Murphy: rookie catcher for the Yankees who somehow won this game for them, or Irish Catholic priest? You make the call!
Starting Pitcher Scores
Another clunker of a start from Santiago who was once again victimized by one bad inning and too many walks. This time he mixed a balk in as well, just to spice things up. Nuno wasn’t much better, but at least he didn’t balk in a run. The little things make the difference some time.
Well, this is frustrating. The Angels bullpen only allowed one runner to reach base, but they did it in a losing effort. Meanwhile, the Yankees bullpen looked much worse, but because they managed to hold it together, barely, they got a big WPA edge.
Peaks and valleys. It was a general downward trend from the fifth inning on, but there were infrequent spikes where the Angels had a chance. Unfortunately, they quickly turned into big dips because the Angels never cashed those chances in. Sigh.
Santiago was lousy, but Howie Kendrick stranded a small village in scoring position with the game on the line.