5/1: Chart

HE DID IT - USA TODAY Sports

Win Expectancy Chart, courtesy of Fangraphs, for the Orioles at Mariners game on May 1, 2013.

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SEA P WPA BAL P WPA
Harang .135 Chen -.308
Capps -.001 Clark -.050
Furbush .006 McFarland .001
Wilhelmsen .004 Strop .001

SEA WPA BAL WPA
Saunders .080 McLouth -.030
Seager -.036 Machado -.023
Morales .107 Markakis .000
Morse .081 Jones .019
Bay .134 Davis -.027
Smoak .025 Wieters .006
Ackley -.070 Hardy -.047
Montero .091 Flaherty -.024
Andino -.055 Reimold -.019

Great: Aaron Harang, +.135

Hate: Dustin Ackley, -.070

Look, I know I said I'd never do the pictures in the game charts, but I needed you guys to know exactly where on the chart the triple was and also SWEET BABY JESUS MONTERO HIT A TRIPLE. Thanks to user Crystal for DH for coming up with the joke that I shamelessly stole from the game thread.

This is normally the part where I would talk about the game, but Jesus Montero hit a triple, so my brain is too fried for me to actually think about anything that went on. Here's a GIF. Just look at it. Looooook at it.

Jesustriple

Beautiful.

Questions!

1) What went through your head when Montero hit the triple? Unfortunately I was away from my computer when it happened, but here are the thoughts of our very own GIFmaster Stephen Cheatum, preserved from a chat:

Stephen Cheatum

7:40: huh

7:41: MONTERO?

7:42: awww

7:42: jones is have iSSUES

(Thought it had a chance to be a home run, was disappointed it was not, then realized what was happening)

7:42 MONTERO!

NV

7:42: YES!!!

Stephen Cheatum

7:42: MONETOROOOOOOOO

NV

7:42: MONTERO TRIPLE!!!

Stephen Cheatum

7:42: my god

7:42: that was the greatest thing

2) You may have noticed that we're trying to discuss things that aren't just the game in the game threads these days. What did you think of today's Game Thread? Did you like it, or was it too LLLJ for your tastes?

3) Are you surprised by the end-of-month Player of the Game leaderboards? (I went by WPA in games without a poll. Ties were broken by fWAR.)

Rank Name #PoTG
1 Felix Hernandez 4
2 Hisashi Iwakuma 4
3 Michael Morse 3
4 Kendrys Morales 3
5 Jason Bay 2
6 Kelly Shoppach 2
7 Franklin Gutierrez 2
8 Kyle Seager 1
9 Michael Saunders 1
10 Dustin Ackley 1
11 Justin Smoak 1
12 Brandon Maurer 1
13 Joe Saunders 1
14 Jesus Montero 1
15 Endy Chavez 1
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