Game 57 WPA: FAILtastic FAIL train of FAIL. Nats 3, ATL 6

Nationals' offense and Zach Duke take a holiday excursion, with predictable results. - By Studio Lévy and Sons (Studio Lévy & fils) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Nats make some mistakes, fail to capitalize on opportunities, don't make so many opportunities to begin with, and lose the series to go under .500. Don't put a deposit down on playoff tickets yet.

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Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

  • Error + Meatballs: Nathan Karns (-14.2% pitching, +6.8% hitting) goes 4.2 IP, giving up 3 R (2 ER) on a pair of bombs (watch the center-cut fastballs), one of which drives in an ROE (thanks, Zim). He strikes out 6 and only walks one, but one of his runners later scores to put him at 3 ER on the day. He also has a run-scoring, game-tying ROE in the 2nd (+9.9%).
  • Not much of a fireman: Zach Duke (-28.1%) apparently doesn't do well without regular work, cashing in an inherited runner in the 5th and walking 3 (one intentional) in the 6th, getting only a single out and giving up 2 ER.
  • Extremes: Ian Desmond (+15.8%) is 2-3 with a bunt single and a solo shot to get the Nats within 1 in the 6th (+11.1%).
  • Not quite a shutdown: Erik Davis (+5.8%) has a pretty good debut, defusing Duke's jam and throwing 1.2 scoreless with a pair of Ks and no walks.
  • Helping the least at the plate: Ryan Zimmerman (-10.3%) and Denard Span (-11.5%) go a combined 0-8.
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