Not many bright days in Seattle
Chris Singleton is an analyst for "Baseball Tonight."
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"Baseball Tonight" analysts, ESPN.com writers and SweetSpot Network bloggers chatted and gave their in-game opinions throughout the day's games -- all in Baseball Tonight Live.
Touch 'Em All
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|Ike Davis, NYM||8||CLE||Top 5: 2-2, 1 Out. 1 on.||Masterson|
|David Ortiz, BOS||13||ARI||Bot 1: 2-0, 1 Out. 1 on.||Kennedy|
|Troy Tulowitzki, COL||9||MIN||Top 1: 1-0, 2 Outs. None on.||Pavano|
|Travis Hafner, CLE||8||NYM||Bot 2: 1-2, 0 Outs. None on.||Santana|
|Curtis Granderson, NYY||5||PHI||Bot 3: 2-2, 0 Outs. None on.||Halladay|
Wednesday's Best Matchups
Phillies at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. ET
The Yankees smacked around Phillies ace Roy Halladay in the series opener. Now, they will take a crack at Kyle Kendrick. New York sends out A.J. Burnett, who has lost his past two starts, giving up 14 hits and 10 runs in 12 2/3 innings. The two before that, Burnett was rolling, giving up one combined run.
Nationals at Tigers, 7:05 p.m. ET
Many have compared Stephen Strasburg to Justin Verlander, and now the Nationals will face the Tigers' righty. Verlander breezed past Pittsburgh and Kansas City for consecutive wins. Washington starter Livan Hernandez has been consistent; he's given up two earned runs in four of his past five starts.
Rockies at Twins, 8:10 p.m. ET
It's been a struggle lately for Jhoulys Chacin, who has lost five of his past six outings. He hasn't pitched horribly; he gave up more than four runs in only one of those starts. Opponents haven't had much trouble making contact against Twins starter Scott Baker; the opposition is hitting .284 against him so far this year.
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TUESDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTDavid Wright, 3B, Mets
Wright came up with a second consecutive three-hit game, this time leading the Mets to a 7-6 win over the Indians. Wright drove home three runs as part of his 3-for-5 day. Over his past two games against Cleveland, Wright is 6-for-10 with two homers and seven RBIs
WORSTFelipe Paulino, RHP, Astros
It was not a good night to be an Astros pitcher. The staff gave up 20 hits and 15 runs in a loss against the Royals. Paulino, the starter, got the worst of it. He gave up 11 hits and 10 of those runs in 4 2/3 innings. Before the game, his ERA stood at 3.82; after it was lifted to 4.50.
Earlier this year, our colleagues in Stats & Information took a crack at redefining the quality start. Our TMI colleague, Tom Tango, devised a means to evaluate all relievers, based on their win probability contributions: shutdowns/meltdowns.We have our own mission. It's two pronged. First, we wanted to strictly evaluate setup men. Second, we wanted to separate the dominant ones from the ugly ones. And we wanted a method by which you could look at the newspaper box score and divine the quality of one's work. Let's start by looking at the major league leaders in holds: Luke Gregerson (16), Mike Adams (16), Scott Downs (16), Kevin Jepsen (15) Holds is a fine stat, but we wanted to create one that would be a significant upgrade from that. Behold, the "perfect hold." Such a hold requires a pitcher to throw at least one inning, not yield a baserunner and not commit a faux pas along the lines of a wild pitch or balk. This stat allows us to separate the truly dominant relievers from the rest of the pack. Your 2010 leaders in perfect holds are: Gregerson (12), Adams (10), Daniel Bard (7) and Scott Downs (5)