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Heroes And Zeroes: Braves 7, Marlins 2

Jose Urena gave up a pile of runs in the sixth inning as the Marlins came up short against Atlanta on Saturday afternoon.

Miami Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images

Throughout the 2016 regular season, I'm tracking each player involved in each Marlins game. Using the WPA metric (Wins Probability Added), we can order the players from the most positive impact all the way down to most negative. The top three are our "Heroes," and the bottom three rank as our "Zeroes."


Nick Markakis (ATL) +34.2%

Markakis earns the first "Hero" slot for the second time in the first two games of this three game series. Batting fifth out of right field for the Braves, he grounded out for the second out of the second (-1.6%) and sacrifice flew Gordon Beckham in for an RBI in the fourth (+0.3%) to draw the Braves to within a run at 2-1. He opened the scoring in the sixth and gave the Braves their first (and only) lead of the game with a two-RBI single to center field (+35.5%).

Wei-Yin Chen (MIA) +13.9%

Chen started for the Marlins on the mound, and allowed just one walk and two hits over five full innings for a 0.600 in-game WHIP, striking out five Atlanta players. He earned a no-decision and a GameScore of 63, getting 64-of-90 pitches over the plate.

Gordon Beckham (ATL) +11.7%

Beckham started at second base and batted second for Atlanta. He grounded out to shortstop for the second out of the first inning (-1.5%), then led off the fourth with a double (+11.5%) and later scored the Braves' first run of the game. Beckham flew out in the sixth (-3.9%) and hit a three-run round-tripper in the seventh (+5.7%).

Almost Heroes

Jeff Francoeur (ATL) +10.6%

Cole Gillespie (MIA) +10.1%

Tyler Flowers (ATL) +7.2%

Adeiny Hechavarria (MIA) +5.7%

Eric O'Flaherty (ATL) +5.6%

Ichiro! Suzuki (MIA) +4.1%

Hunter Cervenka (ATL) +3.1%

Minimal Impact

Chase d'Arnaud (ATL) +2.7%

Derek Dietrich (MIA) +2.4%

Jason Grilli (ATL) +1.0%

Chris Withrow (ATL) +0.5%

Alexi Ogando (ATL) +0.3%

Dustin McGowan (MIA) +0.1%

Kelly Johnson (ATL) 0.0%

Miguel Rojas (MIA) -0.9%

Christian Yelich (MIA) -2.4%

Aaron Blair (ATL) -2.4%

Almost Zeroes

Freddie Freeman (ATL) -2.6%

JT Realmuto (MIA) -3.0%

Chris Johnson (MIA) -3.2%

Mallex Smith (ATL) -4.1%

Justin Bour (MIA) -4.9%

Marcell Ozuna (MIA) -6.3%

Daniel Castro (ATL) -8.1%

Edwin Jackson (MIA) -8.9%


Adonis Garcia (ATL) -9.7%

Garcia batted seventh and played third base for the Braves, and started his night with a strikeout to end the second with a man on first (-2.4%). He hit into a force play with two runners on to end the fourth (-5.8%) then grounded out for the second out of the sixth (-1.6%) before getting lifted defensively.

Martin Prado (MIA) -11.3%

Prado batted second and manned the hot corner for the Fish. He went 0-for-5 in the game with three strikeouts and four runners left on base.

Jose Urena (MIA) -45.4%

Urena pitched the entire sixth inning for the Marlins. He gave up three hits and a walk to the seven batters he faced, logging one strikeout. He got just 16-of-30 pitches into the strikezone and earned the loss to drop his record to 1-1 with a 6.05 ERA.


Attendance: 33,879

Marlon D: 15,895

Marlins 5-1

H: Chen, Bour, Prado

Z: Hechavarria, Markakis, Flowers

Infield HR; Marlins pen fans 4 or more batters.

paolo2387: 13,000

Marlins 5-1

H: Suzuki, Prado, Ozuna

Z: Realmuto, Dietrich, Hechavarria

Marlins Bullpen 4 scoreless innings after Chen provides another non-quality start.

gustavopim: 24,690

Marlins 7-5

H: Dietrich, Ozuna, Chen

Z: Blair, Hechavarria, Freeman

Marlins 2+E; Marlins 3+2b; Chen QS

evermoresg: 25,271

Marlins 8-5

H: Ozuna, Gillespie, Chen

Z: Blair, Markakis, Castro

Chen 6+K; Marlins 2+HR; Francoeur .400+OBP

Ichthomancy Standings

gustavopim 144

Shimmy_812 131

2qbn 100

Marlon D 89

Jigokusabre 84

evermoresg 78

paolo2387 46

The Marlins will try to salvage one-in-three with a slightly later start tomorrow afternoon. Get some picks in before the first pitch just after 5PM.