Michael Young and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Playoff Game
Friday night, former Phillies infielder Michael Young entered Game 1 of the NLCS in extra innings. He would have two plate appearances.
The first one, with one out and men on first and third in the 10th, went like this. The second one, with one out and men on first and second in the 12th, also ended in a double play, although of the more conventional variety.
Young hit into 18 double plays with the Phillies – 21 for the whole regular season – but those two double plays tonight were the most crushing of all. Young amassed a -.527 WPA for his efforts, which amounts to the sixth-worst WPA of any postseason game, and the second-worst of any player who had just one or two plate appearances. The worst belongs to Cliff Bolton, who did this in 1933, his second and final playoff PA.
|1||Felix Millan||1973-10-14||WS||2||NYM||OAK||W 10-7||7||-0.563|
|2||Cliff Bolton||1933-10-06||WS||4||WSH||NYG||L 1-2||1||-0.547|
|3||Reggie Sanders||1995-10-10||NLCS||1||CIN||ATL||L 1-2||5||-0.543|
|4||Jeff Kent||2004-10-10||NLDS||4||HOU||ATL||L 5-6||5||-0.542|
|5||Ron Gant||1993-10-10||NLCS||4||ATL||PHI||L 1-2||5||-0.532|
|6||Michael Young||2013-10-11||NLCS||1||LAD||STL||L 2-3||2||-0.523|
Sorry, Los Angeles.