When Andrelton Simmons was nearly lanced by the broken barrel of Avisaíl García’s bat on a ground ball he fielded to end the inning at shortstop, the leverage on the play was good for just 0.01 LI. Seems our friends at FanGraphs oughta manually override that figure and give Simmons a few extra almost-murdered points of leverage there.
I’m a bit slow, but Mike Trout (two homers, 10 total bases, three runs, four RBIs) ended up with the top WPA (0.18) in the contest. Albert Pujols (3-for-4, homer, RBI, run) had an identical WPA. Screw it, we’re giving Trout the MVP.
Trout had an outrageous 1.209 wOBA in the game. I know it’s possible, but I don’t think I’ve seen a game wOBA that high in awhile.
The first six of James Shields’s outs in the game (and seven of the first nine) came by strikeout.
The first eight outs of the game recorded by Shields and Angels starter Tyler Skaggs came by strikeout.
Leading off the second inning, Pujols connected on his 631st career homer, moving him past Ken Griffey Jr. for sixth on the career list.
(Trout’s postgame quote, from MLB.com: “It’s crazy. It seems like every hit or homer or double [Pujols is] passing somebody. He probably passed somebody on that stolen base tonight, too. He puts that cape on every once in a while. It’s pretty cool.”)