Game 92 WPA: A well-mannered loss. Nats 1, FF 3

Where's your hat young man?! Running about uncovered like a savage, no wonder your team lost! - Brian Garfinkel

The sporting gentlemen on the Nats are polite enough to give up extra runs while declining to score, themselves, thus making sure that the umpiring mistakes don't end up being the margin of loss, nor did they unfairly capitalize on any of the clownish defense they faced tonight. So proper!

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Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

  • Not too dominant: Jordan Zimmermann (-5.7% pitching, -10.2% hitting) seemed like he was dealing for a while over 6.1 IP, but gives up 2 ER with 6 Ks and no walks for the losing margin. At the plate, he muffs a 5th-inning sac bunt to erase a runner at third (-8.1%).
  • Not too hitterish: Bryce Harper (+4.6%) scores both of the Nats only runs after a 6th-inning triple (+11.5%). He's thrown "out" at the plate in the first on a blown call (-4.2%).
  • Not too many baserunners: Denard Span (-22.5%) hits into two double plays, including a bunt that he didn't run out, apparently thinking it was foul (-8.3%). He also drops a catchable ball that was generous scored a "double."
  • Not too much WPA: Jayson Werth (-6.5%) is 2-4, but ends up negative WPA on the day thanks to the blown call at home in the 1st.

Both sporting ballplayers and rude boys: Better think of your future (standings).


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