Game 96 WPA: Second-half Nats also disappointing. Nats 2, LAD 3

This was the face of the first half. WELCOME TO THE SECOND HALF. - Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Strasburg gets off to a decent start to the so-called "second half." The offense, on the other hand, is LOBby. Bullpen gives up a run, but the margin of error was zero, so...

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  • Bounce-back: Stephen Strasburg (+12.9%) goes 7 IP with 2 ER on 6 Ks and no walks. Enjoy your no-decision!
  • Competitors: Tonight's leaders in out-making/leaving-on-base are Anthony Rendon's (-22.4%) 0-4/2 GDPs/1 LOB and Chad Tracy's (-31.4%) 0-4/1 GDP/5 LOB. Wilson Ramos (-21.2%) gets honorable mention with 0-4/4 LOB.
  • I swear I will quit this team: After Bryce Harper (+16.2%) singles to put runners 2nd/3rd with no outs in the fourth (+14.7%), Jayson Werth (+11.5%) walks to load 'em up. With three chances to score, Ian Desmond (+6.9%) grounds into a force at home (-9.2%), Tracy pops out too shallowly to score the runner (-10.3%), and Ramos grounds out to end the inning (-9.9%).
  • Better: Desmond singles in a run to tie it in the 6th (+12.4%).
  • Ready or not: Tyler Clippard (+10.1%) fans 2 in a perfect aeyth to keep it tied and earn a shutdown.
  • Tuck your shirt in: Rafael Soriano (-31.5%) can't keep it tied in the 9th, giving up the go-behind run on a leadoff HR (-34.8%).
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