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Heroes and Zeroes: Twins 7, Marlins 5

Wei-Yin Chen spotted the Twins a four-run lead before the Marlins' offense came to life. Unfortunately, Nick Wittgren also sported a Zero.

Miami Marlins v Minnesota Twins Photo by Hannah Foslien/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."


Trevor Plouffe (MIN) +33.7%

Plouffe batted cleanup and played third base for the Twins, and went two-for-four with two runs and three RBI, including his two run shot in the third inning.

Martin Prado (MIA) +24.4%

Prado batted second in the Marlins order and also played third base. He went two-for-four with a run, an RBI, and a walk.

Byung-ho Park (MIN) +16.0%

Park batted sixth and played designated hitter for the Twinkies, and went two-for-four with two runs, including a solo home run in the sixth inning to tie the score at five.

Almost Heroes

Oswaldo Arcia (MIN) +10.7%

Brian Dozier (MIN) +10.3%

Ichiro! Suzuki (MIA) +8.8%

Taylor Rogers (MIN) +8.7%

Giancarlo Stanton (MIA) +8.4%

Marcell Ozuna (MIA) +7.7%

Trevor May (MIN) +7.6%

Ryan Pressly (MIN) +7.3%

Minimal Impact

Brandon Kintzler (MIN) +7.2%

Joe Mauer (MIN) +6.9%

Kurt Suzuki (MIN) +2.2%

Mike Dunn (MIA) +1.9%

Brian Ellington (MIN) +1.4%

Miguel Rojas (MIA) +0.7%

Buddy Boshers (MIN) -2.9%

Almost Zeroes

Robbie Grossman (MIN) -4.7%

Justin Bour (MIA) -6.1%

JT Realmuto (MIA) -7.9%

Byron Buxton (MIN) -10.5%

Eduardo Nunez (MIN) -11.6%

Derek Dietrich (MIA) -11.9%

Ricky Nolasco (MIN) -15.3%

Michael Tonkin (MIN) 15.7%


Nick Wittgren (MIA) -19.6%

Wittgren faced eight batters over 1.1 innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits. He took the loss after inheriting a 5-5 tie, and saw his record fall to 1-1 for the season with a 2.84 ERA. He got 19-of-31 pitches into the strike zone.

Christian Yelich (MIA) -21.0%

Yelich batted third out of left field. He went one-for-five with two strikeouts and left five men on base.

Wei-Yin Chen (MIA) -36.8%

Chen pitched 5.1 innings and gave up five earned runs on nine hits. He didn't walk anyone and struck out two batters. Three of the nine hits were of the long-ball variety. His ERA now stands at 4.56. He put 59-of-85 pitches over the plate and earned a GameScore of 32.

Best and Worst



Marcell Ozuna's bases-loaded, two-RBI single in the fifth inning to get the Marlins within a run, at 4-3 (+16.9%)


Trevor Plouffe's RBI-double in the seventh inning (+24.0%) which gave the Twins their eventual game-winning RBI with a 6-5 lead.



Christian Yelich grounding into a double play with runners on the corners and one out in the third (-12.4%).


Byron Buxton flying out to right field to end the sixth inning with a runner on second base (-5.3%).

Last 10 Games

Jose Fernandez +74.5%

Christian Yelich +57.8%

AJ Ramos +35.6%

Adam Conley +31.6%

JT Realmuto +21.2%

Nick Wittgren +19.8%

Derek Dietrich +17.5%

Ichiro! Suzuki +8.0%

Kyle Barraclough +6.7%

Brian Ellington +1.4%

Cole Gillespie +0.7%

Edwin Jackson +0.1%

Miguel Rojas -1.5%

Martin Prado -2.8%

Adeiny Hechavarria -3.8%

Justin Nicolino -4.5%

Chris Johnson -6.5%

Tom Koehler -6.6%

Jeff Mathis -10.3%

Dustin McGowan -11.3%

Cody Hall -14.5%

Jose Urena -16.9%

David Phelps -20.8%

Wei-Yin Chen -22.0%

Giancarlo Stanton -36.5%

Justin Bour -40.7%

Marcell Ozuna -42.6%

Mike Dunn -44.1%


Attendance: 21,527

gustavopim: 16,980

Marlins 10-3

H: Chen, Dietrich, Stanton

Z: Hechavarria, Suzuki, Park

Stanton HR; Dietrich HR; Marlins cycle

evermoresg: 17,688

Marlins 7-4

H: Chen, Yelich, Nolasco

Z: Wittgren, May, Arcia

Chen QS; Marlins 2+HR; Ichiro .400+ OBP

Ichthyomancy Standings

gustavopim 169

Shimmy_812 131

evermoresg 121

2qbn 119

Marlon D 107

Jigokusabre 88

Very few people actually playing Ichthy anymore. To encourage play, I'm going to reboot the scoring after Game 62, which is Saturday's matchup against the Arizona Diamondbacks. We can go ahead and crown gustavopim as the "first-half" winner. In the meantime, keep checking back here for up-to-date Marlins news. Tomorrow's first pitch is at 8:10PM.