Game 93 WPA: Meltdown. Nats 3, Fish 8

Either the Baker Day atomic bomb test, or the Nats 2013 season. - Naval Photographic Center, NARA ARC ID# 520714

Well, so much for this season. In what was the must-win first game of a must-sweep series to give the Nats a chance to stay within striking distance after the break, it was not at all a win. No, sir, not a win at all.

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Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

  • Uh... what? Stephen Strasburg (-57.7%) pitches 2 innings, in which he strikes out 2, walks 4 (all of whom score), and gives up 5 hits, including a homer and a triple, for 7 ER in all.
  • Not as useful as it looked at the time: Adam LaRoche (+14.5%) hits a two-run double in the first to give the Nats the early lead (+16.3%). Only about 6 runs short, there.
  • Almost a shutdown: Ross Ohlendorf (+4.8%) eats innings with gusto after Stras implodes, going 4 scoreless with 3 Ks and 2 BBs.
  • Unhelpful: Ryan Zimmerman (-10.2%) is 0-5 with 5 LOB.

So, is Jerry Layne bad at umpiring?

    Well, it was more that he had a tight strikezone tonight, although it was a bit tighter for the Nats than the Fish... in some cases, ridiculously so:

Okay, ludicrously so, in some cases. Again, the triangles are the Nats, the squares are MIA. Which one(s) of these does not belong? Yeah, I know it's not 4 walks' worth of ludicrous, but it didn't help.

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