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Heroes And Zeroes: Dodgers 11, Marlins 1

Giancarlo Stanton returns to the "Heroes" column, but it turned out to be too little too early.

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Heroes and Zeroes is a series where I take each players contribution to the final result (based on weighted plate appearances) of the ballgame. Each participant in the matchup is ranked from best to worst. The top three are "Heroes," the bottom three are "Zeroes." I used the win expectancy chart from to rank these players.


Andre Ethier (LAD) .217

Ethier, batting seventh for the Dodgers, started his night hitting a no-out single with a man on second in the second inning (+6.7%). Nobody scored in the frame, but Ethier hit a solo-home run in his next plate appearance to lead off the fourth to put the Dodgers on top, 2-1 with the eventual game winning RBI (+14.1%). He singled to right with one out and one on in the fifth (+0.7%), hit a two-RBI, bases loaded single in the sixth (+0.1%) and singled to left to lead off the eighth (+0.0%).

Giancarlo Stanton (MIA) .175

Stanton started out by hitting a baseball into orbit with two-out in the first (+11.2%) for a 1-0 Marlins lead. Seriously, it's still in orbit. He drew a walk to lead off the fourth (+4.5%) and singled Martin Prado to second with one out in the sixth (+1.8%).

Howie Kendrick (LAD) .172

Kendrick, also batting third for his club, singled Joc Pederson to second with one out in the first (+4.0%). He hit a leadoff home run in the third to tie the game at one (+13.4%), then grounded out and moved Jimmy Rollins to third for the first out of the fifth (-0.6%). He then hit an infield single with one out and nobody on in the sixth (+0.4%) and hit another infield single with one out in the seventh (+0.0%)

Almost Heroes

Scott Van Slyke (LAD) .100

Yasmani Grandal (LAD) .093

JT Realmuto (MIA) .045

Mike Bolsinger (LAD) .037

Alex Guererro (LAD) .030

Minimal Impact

Paco Rodriguez (LAD) .016

Nick Masset (MIA) .000

Bryan Morris (MIA) .000

Jeff Baker (MIA) .000

Jhonatan Solano (MIA) .000

Ichiro! Suzuki (MIA) .000

Sergio Santos (LAD) .000

Juan Nicasio (LAD) .000

JP Howell (LAD) .000

Juan Uribe (LAD) .000

Almost Zeroes

Brad Hand (MIA) -.032

Martin Prado (MIA) -.040

Michael Morse (MIA) -.040

Adrian Gonzalez (LAD) -.043

Dee Gordon (MIA) -.058

Jimmy Rollins (LAD) -.058

Joc Pederson (LAD) -.064

Marcell Ozuna (MIA) -.069


Christian Yelich (MIA) -.069

Yelich, batting fifth, drew a walk to lead off the second inning (+3.3%), but then was thrown out trying to steal second (-5.3%). He reached base with one out in the fourth, but got Stanton out in the process (-3.3%), then struck out to end the sixth stranding runners on the corners (-1.6%).

Adeiny Hechavarria (MIA) -.072

Heche, batting eighth, singled to the third base side to lead off the third inning (+3.4%). He erased JT Realmuto with the first two outs of the fifth by grounding into a 1-6-3 double play (-10.7%), then drew a two-out walk in the seventh (+0.0%).

Dan Haren (MIA) -.340

Haren earned the loss by allowing 11 hits in four and a third innings, including two home runs. He struck out four Dodgers and did not issue any free passes (silver lining). In total, he allowed six earned runs to raise his ERA from 2.68 to 3.70.

Last 10 Games

Heroes Christian Yelich 0.619
Mat Latos 0.454
Donovan Solano 0.364
Almost Heroes David Phelps 0.348
Jeff Baker 0.326
AJ Ramos 0.228
Mike Dunn 0.219
Justin Bour 0.147
Dee Gordon 0.146
Dan Haren 0.102
Minimal Impact JT Realmuto 0.085
Mike Morse 0.077
Jhonatan Solano 0.055
Ichiro Suzuki 0.004
Nick Masset -0.005
Marcell Ozuna -0.066
Brad Hand -0.070
Almost Zeroes Reid Brignac -0.125
Sam Dyson -0.170
Giancarlo Stanton -0.261
Tom Koehler -0.368
Martin Prado -0.454
Jarred Cosart -0.593
Zeroes Adieny Hechavarria -0.643
Bryan Morris -0.950
Steve Cishek -1.470


Attendance: 49,628

gustavopim guessed 50,789, winning the attendance with a pick just 1,161 off the actual figure. He said the Dodgers would give up more walks than the Marlins, picked Stanton as a Hero and Haren as a Zero to finish his night with five points.

Jigokusabre picked Stanton as a Hero, Heche as a Zero, and Haren as a Zero to max out his H&Z's with three points.

Jeremy Hulme called Stanton as a hero and correctly predicted that he would draw more walks than he would strikeouts. That sounds like two to me, and yes, Scott is Andy's kid. He totaled three points.

Thomas Bennett got a single point by predicting that Haren would bottom out as a Zero.

dcfish called Stanton for a Hero and Haren as a Zero for two points.

MiamiSkye had a bad night and drops out of the lead, but it's a long season, and it looks like a three horse race unless dcfish starts to get serious here (get on it, bub!).

Ichthyomancy Standings

gustavopim 87.5
Miami Skye 86
Jigokusabre 73.5
dcfish 52
Kevin Kraczkowski 41.5
Marlon D 39
Gatorfan4life 36.5
Jeremy Hulme 29
Bdwatson 25
tomwolf2008 19
Thomas Bennett 18.5
sternma 14
thenumber95 11
zag 3
Alex Carver 3
Al-Kendall 3
nfries7 2.5
Delusional Marlins Fan 2
rsanchez1 2
DavidJacobs 2
Sandman 2
SuperRadz 1
ncchief 1
d.o.g.o.b.y.g.n. 1

The Fish try to avoid a sweep at Dodger Stadium with the final game of their 10 game road trip tonight at 7:50 EST. Get your picks in here or in the GameThread later. After, Miami gets an off day before hosting the Braves three times this weekend.