Once again I was intending to get home from work and watch the MLB.tv archived video, but then I accidentally found out the final score around 3:30. (You'd be surprised how difficult it is for a person with my Internet habits to avoid baseball scores.) At first I was mad at myself, but then I thought, boy, talk about your time savers.
Biggest Contribution: Raul Ibanez, +16.4%
Biggest Suckfest: Eric O'Flaherty, -24.8%
Most Important AB: Ibanez double, +13.7%
Most Important Pitch: Huff homer, -28.1%
Total Contribution by Pitcher(s): -22.9%
Total Contribution by Hitters: -27.1%
Total Contribution by Opposition: 0.0%
(What is this chart?)
I'm pretty sure this entire series was George Sherrill giving an extended one-finger salute to everyone who thought the Bedard trade was simply exchanging a talented young outfielder for an established ace. Guess what? It hurt the bullpen too, and while Eric O'Flaherty isn't nearly as bad as he's looked so far, he's still a substantial downgrade. We sacrificed an awful lot to get our #1, and while the highs will be terrific, this is the kind of unreliability we'll have to deal with in between. Get used to feeling uneasy.
(On a side note: even if I did want to watch the MLB.tv archived video, it won't load. I'm not entirely sure what the purpose is of having an archive if you're not going to make it accessible. Is anyone else having this problem?)