To Honor Javy Guerra’s Epic Meltdown: Jonathan Broxton’s Top 5 Meltdowns

With Javy Guerra blowing (and losing) the game last night in an absolutely epic fashion (-.950 WPA), I was motivated to look back and see if much maligned closer Jonathan Broxton had ever done anything so epic before, because if you’re going to blow a game, why not make it awesome, right?


0.1 IP 5 H 2 BB 4 ER

WPA = -.987

In terms of WPA, this was worse than Guerra’s, but in my estimation, nothing will ever beat a two-out walk-off grand slam, and Broxton’s meltdown here was more of a slow death.



0.0 IP 1 H 2 BB 3 ER

WPA = -.961

Man, fuck Carlos Ruiz.



0.1 IP 4 H 1 BB 3 ER

WPA = -.960

At the time, I remember people freaking the fuck out about this one, but I honestly don’t know why. I think by this point, people were in full “I know everything about him indicates that he’s an elite closer but every time he blows a save I’m gonna have an aneurysm” mode.


0.1 IP 6 H 0 BB 6 ER

WPA = -.828

This is a true competitor with Guerra’s, simply because of the epic nature of it. I still don’t think it quite holds water, but six earned while recording one out is how you blow a goddamn win.


1.0 IP 1 H 1 BB 2 ER

WPA = -.663

It shouldn’t be a surprise to see this game here, but the WPA might be surprisingly low because up until the Rollins double, Broxton had actually been effective. There are higher negative WPA games put up by Broxton that could go here, but none quite so soul crushing as this one, so it had to make the list.

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