Greg Simons, THT:
The details are even more gruesome. Pujols popped up in the first following Colby Rasmus' one-out triple ... grounded into his first double play with two on and no out in the third, and another twin killing ... finished the fifth.The first comment mentions Carlos Zambrano. His OD start last year (1.1-6-8-2-1) had a Win Probability Added of -.625, compared to Pujols's -.430. (I'm not sure if the word "Added" really works in that sentence!)
With the score tied 2-2 in the eighth, Pujols merely flew out to center. ... Pujols got another undesired two-for-one with a 6-4-3 DP in the 10th, shortly before San Diego won the game with two runs in the 11th.
Looking at the box score in which the guy with the worst OD WPA appears (not Pujols), I saw another score from that day: Mariners 8, Angels 4 (10). I clicked the box and saw what stands a good chance of being the greatest Opening Day of all-time (non-Bob Feller Division). Seattle's Jim Presley hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game, then won the game with a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the tenth.
Presley's WPA of .907 is great, but just two days ago, Cincinnati's Ramon Hernandez had a higher WPA (.929), going 4-for-5, with a three-run, game-winning dong with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Before his at-bat, the Reds trailed 6-4 and had a 9% win expectancy.
Hernandez's WPA ranks 157th among all players in all games since 1919. The worst WPAs in that time period are here (84 players at -.600 and worse).