.482 is just about as high a WPA score as you're gonna see, meant Pence was just about first, last and everything in this game.
The ridiculously high score made me wonder about seasonal scores.
Fangraphs ranks the players by seasonal WPA, but they don't give it to you broken down by game, so someone like Hunter Pence, who maybe hasn't played 80 games yet can be looked at on a level field.
That's where I come in.
Dave Borkowski was second in WPA on Fangraphs' chart, but I thought that Matt Albers was absolutely outstanding, both for the stuff he showed in the inning he breezed through, and for the composure he showed in the inning where he did the circus highwire act.
Once Albers had entered, I began to relax: I could see Albers pitching well in a situation where the hyper Phillies hitters would help Matt out when he was out of the zone. I could see Albers pitching well, and pitching long, if need be. So Albers as winner carries a certain symmetry to me.
Last time Houston had three walkoff homers in a season was 2002; now we've had three walkoff jobs in one week, to go with the one Carlos hit vs. San Fran in May. The team record for most walkoff homers in a year is actually held by the '92 team, who had six, including two within five days of each other in April.
A more thorough breakdown:
|Walkoff Homers By Year|
|2007||4||Lee 2, Loretta, Pence||1984||1||M Bailey|
|2002||3||Zaun Vizcaino Ward||1978||2||Cruz 2|
|2001||3||Hidalgo 2, Biggio||1977||2||Ferguson Cruz|
|1999||1||Carl Everett||1974||2||Rader May|
|1998||3||Berry Biggio Bell||1973||1||Wynn|
|1997||2||Bagwell Berry||1972||3||Edwards Wynn May|
|1996||3||Montgomery, O Miller 2||1971||1||Morgan|
|1992||6||Bagwell 2 C Jones Gonzalez Anthony Guerrero||1969||4||Rader Menke Morgan Lampard|
|1990||2||Anthony, G Wilson||1967||2||Mathews Harrison|
|1989||2||Davis Bass||1966||3||Gentile Wynn Aspromonte|
|1987||3||Cruz Doran Bass||1965||1||Harrison|
|1986||3||Davis 2 C Reynolds||1963||2||Aspromonte 2|