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Heroes and Zeroes: Diamondbacks 3, Marlins 1

Miami's only run came courtesy of a Derek Dietrich solo blast, but in the grand scheme of things it was Arizona's pitching that carried the day.

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Heroes and Zeroes is a series of articles where I rank players in terms of their Wins Probability Added (WPA) for each game. The players are ordered from highest positive impact to highest negative impact. Top three are Heroes, bottom three are Zeroes. Fielding statistics are not taken into account for this metric.


Rubby de la Rosa (AZ) .276

De la Rosa pitched seven full innings, allowing a single earned run on a Derek Dietrich round-tripper. He only struck out one Marlin and allowed 10 baserunners on five hits and five walks. He was aided by good infield defense, and earned the win in no small part due to four double plays during his playing time.

Brad Ziegler (AZ) .225

Ziegler came on for a 1.2 inning save, striking out two Marlins and allowing a single baserunner on base, on a walk.

David Peralta (AZ) .140

Peralta batted cleanup for the Diamondbacks, and ended the first inning looking at strike three with a runner on second (-3.2%). He singled to left, scoring two runs with the bases loaded and two out in the third (+19.3%), flew out to right with a man on first to end the fifth (-1.5%), and struck out to end Arizona's seventh inning (-0.6%).

Almost Heroes

Nick Ahmed (AZ) .116

Justin Bour (MIA) .069

Steve Cishek (MIA) .038

Christian Yelich (MIA) .036

JT Realmuto (MIA) .028

Paul Goldschmidt (AZ) .021

Minimal Impact

Brad Hand (MIA) .017

Jake Lamb (AZ) .016

Donovan Solano (MIA) -.012

Michael Morse (MIA) -.014

Chris Owings (AZ) -.018

Almost Zeroes

Ichiro! Suzuki (MIA) -.024

AJ Pollock (AZ) -.055

Derek Dietrich (MIA) -.063

Ender Inciarte (AZ) -.063

Martin Prado (MIA) -.068

Casey McGehee (MIA) -.074

Oliver Perez (AZ) -.076


Wellington Castillo (AZ) -.083

Castillo batted fifth for Arizona, and started out his night opening the second by grounding out to the pitcher (-2.3%). He grounded out to shortstop with runners on second and third to end the third (-4.1%), then opened the sixth (-1.3%) and the eighth (-0.6%) with strikeouts.

Adeiny Hechavarria (MIA) -.178

Hechavarria batted fifth for Miami, and grounded into a double play in his first turn at the plate, with the bases loaded in the first (-14.5%). He flew out to right with one out in the fourth (-1.8%), grounded into another double play to end the sixth (-7.0%), and drew a walk to load the bases with two out in the eighth (+5.4%).

Cole Gillespie (MIA) -.201

Gillespie batted eighth for the Marlins, and began his night with a strikeout to end the second (-1.1%). He grounded out to shortstop with men on first and second to end the fourth (-5.0%), grounded into a double play for the first two outs of the seventh (-11.6%), and grounded out to second for the second out of the ninth (-2.4%).

Tune in tonight at 9:40 PM EST to see the Marlins try to get back on the right track against these same Diamondbacks.