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Heroes And Zeroes: Braves 9, Marlins 8

Miami has scored 14 runs in its last 10 innings, but there's nothing to show for it.

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Heroes and Zeroes is a series of articles where I use and the Wins Probability Added (WPA) metric to rank players on their daily performance. The three players with the highest positive impact results are teh "Heroes," the three with the highest negative impact are the "Zeroes."


Eury Perez (ATL) .297

Perez batted second for the Braves, and began his night with a sacrifice bunt which moved Jace Peterson to third base (-1.6%). With two out and a man on first in the second, he earned first base by way of a HBP, courtesy of Jose Urena (+1.7%), and later scored Atlanta's fifth run. He grounded out for the second out of the fourth (-1.2%), hit a one-out single to right in the sixth (+0.6%), and hit the eventual game winning single with two out and a man on third in the eighth (+28.7%).

Christian Yelich (MIA) .256

Yelich batted third for Miami, hitting an RBI single with no outs and two on in the first. He singled to left with one out in the third (+2.8%) then doubled to right to lead off the fifth (+9.7). He later scored on a Martin Prado single to tie the score at five. He flew out to lead off the seventh (-1.8%) and hit into a fielder's choice RBI with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth (+4.1%), tying the score at eight.

Ichiro Suzuki (MIA) .224

Suzuki, batting sixth, grounded out with a man on second to end the first inning (-2.3%). He singled with two out and a man on first in the third (+2.5%), drew a walk with one out and a man on first in the fifth (+4.9%), drew another walk to lead off the eighth (+3.7%), and hit a single to left with one out in the ninth (+7.7%). He later advanced to second on a wild pitch (+5.9%), but was eventually stranded as the game ended one out too early.

Almost Heroes

Dee Gordon (MIA) .205

Joey Terdoslavich (ATL) .179

Daniel Castro (ATL) .174

Nick Markakis (ATL) .173

Arodys Vizcaino (ATL) .136

Derek Dietrich (MIA) .129

Cameron Maybin (ATL) .122

Minimal Impact

Matt Marksberry (ATL) .089

Adonis Garcia (ATL) .083

Casey McGehee (MIA) .078

Martin Prado (MIA) .047

Brian Ellington (MIA) .019

Pedro Ciriaco (ATL) .008

Jace Peterson (ATL) .006

Jeff Mathis (MIA) -.003

Almost Zeroes

AJ Pierzynski (ATL) -.010

Miguel Rojas (MIA) -.064

Justin Bour (MIA) -.070

Tomas Telis (MIA) -.102

Adeiny Hechavarria (MIA) -.218

Adam Conley (MIA) -.247

Bryan Morris (MIA) -.272


Andrew McKirahan (ATL) -.356

McKirahan entered the eighth with a three run lead, and proceeded to let the Marlins back into it by giving up three earned runs on three hits and a walk.

Matthew Wisler (ATL) -.391

Wisler got the start for Atlanta and ended up giving the Marlins two runs in the first, two in the third, and another in the fifth. He allowed nine hits, including a Derek Dietrich solo home run, along with three walks. He also struck out three Marlins. He would leave the game with the score tied at five.

Jose Urena (MIA) -.483

Urena, Miami's current number five starter, continued his recent struggles on the mound. He lasted just two innings, allowing five earned runs on six hits and a walk. He left with Miami trailing, 5-2.

Best and Worst

The poorest moment for the Marlins was Adieny Hechavarria's inning ending double play in the fifth (-11.4%). The score was tied at five and there were runners on first and second at the time.

The Braves worst offensive play of the night was Jace Peterson grounding out with one out and a runner on third in the eighth (-15.5%). The score was tied at eight, but his failure to score the runner forced others to step up.

Miami's best play of the night was Dee Gordon's one-out, bases-loaded, two-RBI single in the eighth (+22.3%), which cut Atlanta's lead from three runs to one, and left runners on first and third.

Atlanta's best play was Eury Perez' RBI single in the bottom of the eighth (+28.7%).

Tune in tomorrow night as the Marlins bring Jose Fernandez to the mound.