Add yesterday's game to the list of games that the Marlins "should" have won. Dontrelle Willis pitched a gem against a powerful lineup, only to see a one-run lead evaporate at the hands of Vlad Guerrero versus the bullpen.
Sometimes a guy like Vlad will do that to you, but it sure seems like the Fish are doing that a lot. Yesterday the Fish found another way to lose a ballgame, while the White Sox - who continue to live on the opposite end of the spectrum - found a way to win a game that they probably should have lost.
Now for randomness:
- Yesterday's start, his 14th, despite being arguably his best of the year, was the first start of the season where Willis did not receive a decision. Heartbreakers like yesterday are what make 30-wins such a remote possibility. The no-decision drops D-Train's expected win total to 26.
- Dontrelle hasn't given up a home run in his past ten starts. The last homer he allowed was on April 23rd against Cincinnati.
- Since yesterday's game was in an AL park, Dontrelle didn't get to bat. His 5-game hitting streak is still alive.
- If the Nationals win the NL East despite being outscored (cumulatively), I'll be shocked. So far this year they've been outscored 284 - 273. That's what's driving the discrepancy between the actual and the expected standings that Fishfan24 wrote about yesterday.
Barry Jackson writes about some trade rumors in today's Herald: