I hate games like this one.
Your starting pitcher has squat. In fact, he’s knocked out of the game in the second inning. All told, he ends up allowing 5 runs to score while retiring only four batters in the game. And, yes, that’s bad.
However, the starter is replaced by a rookie pitcher who, overall, holds his own. Sure, he allows a hit that plates two inherited runners. And, he later allows a solo homer. Yet, all told, he goes five innings, saves your pen, and retires 15 of the 22 batters that he faces. And, yes, that’s good.
On the flip-side, your batters are terrible through the first 8 innings of the game – earning only three hits and scoring no runs. And, yes, that’s bad.
However, in the ninth inning, they stage a rally – scoring five runs in total. And, yes, that’s good.
It’s a mixed bag – some bad, some good, some more bad and some more good. It’s tough to tell whether you should be happy, or sad, or both with a game like this…until you see the final score…
…and, then you see that you’ve lost the game by a score of seven to five.
Then you wonder: What if the starter, Rasner, wasn’t so bad? And, what if the Yankees batters weren’t swinging rolled up wet newspapers for bats during the first eight innings of this game? Could they have won this contest?
Which, of course, brings you back to…