Game 79 WPA: I'll call it a comeback. Nats 6, Mets 4

Not as clutch as Ryan Zimmerman (if clutch existed). - USA TODAY Sports

The Nats face some excellent pitching, and then they face the Mets' bullpen. Ross ain't quite boss, but between Desi and Zim, some big hits keep the Nats in the team and get the curly W.

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Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

  • Serviceable: Ross Detwiler (-18.8%) is meh, going 5 IP with 2 ER (3R) on 4 Ks and 2 BBs (what is up with Nats' starters getting 4 Ks and 2 BBs lately?). Almost quality, and it ended up being enough.
  • Stop trying to prove "clutch" exists: Ian Desmond (+33.7%) challenges my statistical assumptions by going 2-4 with a game-tying, two-out solo blast in the 5th (+15.7%) and a go-ahead RBI double in the 9th (+22.1%).
  • I'm the one owed an apology, here: Adam LaRoche (-18.1%) is 0-4 with 3 Ks and 2 LOB.
  • AROOOO: Jayson Werth (+9.6%) fans 3 times, but hits a 9th-inning, lead-off double to set up the go-ahead run (+17.4%).
  • The kids call him ZIM: Ryan Zimmerman (+41.1%) is 2-4 with a bases-clearing, game-tying, three-run, two-out double in the majik aeyth (+37.4%).
  • The return of Clip 'n' Store: Tyler Clippard (+9.9%) earns a win and a shutdown with a scoreless aeyth, while Drew Storen (+7.8%) racks up a save and shutdown with a scoreless 9th.
  • Of note, but not WPA-wise: Denard Span (+1.7%) is 2-4 with a double and a triple. Anthony Rendon (-4.5%) is 0-3 but walks to load the bases in front of Zim's big double.

I think tonight's WPA graph looks like a profile of El Capitan in Yosemite.

What do these crazy graphs mean? <- This is a link.

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