Top Dog: Kelly Johnson, 21.0%
The Worst: Brad Lincoln, -31.1%
Worst Bat: Yunel Escobar, -11.7
Impact AB: Johnson 3-Run HR, Bot 6, 26.5%
Impact Pitch: Adam Dunn 3-Run HR, Top 7, -24.3%
Highest Leverage AB: Escobar Strikeout, Bot 6, 2.30
Highest Leverage Opp. AB: Dunn HR, Top 7, 2.75
Lineup Contribution: 9.8%
Pitching Contribution: -59.9%
Average Leverage Index: 0.83
Chart explanation

Edwin Encarnacion played left field. Also, don’t let the image throw you. I’m not blaming this on Lincoln, I just really wanted to use that picture.

(WPA data courtesy Baseball Reference)
(Idea for a post game graph courtesy Lookout Landing)

Comments (6)

  1. Wonder how many losses we can chalk up directly to Farrell’s mismanagement of the bullpen this year.

    • Pulling Ricky vs a LHB is not a bad move. Putting Lincoln in… I dunno.
      But pulling Ricky was the right move.

      • Yeah Ricky’s reverse splits have been well documented so pulling him was fine, but with two pretty effective lefties in Loup and Oliver just sitting there going with Lincoln was an odd choice to say the least.

        That being said, his splits in terms of ERA and OBP are almost identical and lefties slug just .358 against him vs. .471 for righties. Same goes for wOBA with lefties having a .286 vs. .321 for righties. Fairly comparable sample sizes in terms of how many batters faced from each side of the plate too. Anyways, just saying it’s not like there was no reason to believe that Lincoln could be successful against left handed batters.

        As for how many losses we can attribute to Farrell’s bullpen (mis)management, we’ll never know. I know you’d like to string him up, but there’s no way to know if another pitcher would have fared any better. Not to mention the bullpen arms he’s had to work with have been pretty sub par until recently. This particular move, however, is definitely one of the easiest to find fault with…

    • I suspect it borders on none.

  2. Lincoln’s actually been better vs. lefties this year. Defensible, though still strange with other lefthanders available in the bullpen.

  3. Neh Its bound to happen some time. But I hope its not a habit.

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