(for those not sure what this is about, you may want to read this thread first)
Not even a 51 minute rain delay in the 4th inning could slow down the Hammel train tonight as he dominated the hapless Mets lineup through 7 2/3 innings. After allowing only 4 hits until the 7th, Jason finally showed signs of wear as he allowed 3 in that frame, including a 2-RBI double by Angel Pagan. Solid bullpen work thereafter by Chacin, Betancourt, and Street with Daley providing an 8-pitch, 2 hit, 1 earned run hiccup in the 8th.
A solid outing by the Rockies offense as well, with the big power provided by the bat of Garrett Atkins. His grand slam in the 3rd put the Rockies up 5-1, and a two-run shot in the next inning by Brad Hawpe would put the game away for good. After that, the Mets wouldn't sniff a win expectancy over 10% until the 8th inning.
Check after the jump for more WE/WPA goodness, the fangraph, the RowCall, and tomorrow's action.
Atkins was definitely the WPA hero for the Rockies tonight garnering a 0.2929 for his efforts. Two of our biggest bats, Helton and Iannetta, were mysteriously silent last night (Helton's late-game single didn't really impact his WPA that much since the game was already basically in hand). On the Mets side, the big winner was (surprisingly enough) Alex Cora with a WPA of 0.1164. Jeff Francoeur was the single biggest WPA loser of the night (-0.112) except for Mr. Pat Misch who gave up the Atkins salami and received a -0.4112 for it. Here's how the rest of the team faired (and yes, these are all real WPA numbers, as is the FanGraph and everything else).
RowCall: RockiesMagicNumber, Rockie4Ever, holly96, GoRockies!!, Poseidon's Fist, brian8065, Redhawk, ShadowPenguin, WolfMarauder, theoldgrizzlybear, Russ, TuLoRocks2008, Charlie77, BlakeBomber
Tomorrow: The Rockies and Mets play this game for real! Go Rockies!