Game 88 WPA: 11-run games should be less stressful. Nats 11, Pads 7

So. The Nats have some good players (partially shown here). - Patrick McDermott

Strasburg is a bit wild, but the "score runs" style of offense still seems to be a winner, even given the current struggles of the middle relievers. Storen and Clippard are lights-out, which is nice on a hot day.

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Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

  • Free passes: Stephen Strasburg (+2.2% pitching, +3.9% hitting) fans 9 over 6 IP with 2 BBs and 3 HBP, but gives up 4 ER--two of whom were a walk and a HBP. He's 1-2 at the plate with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Jumping out: Ryan Zimmerman (+22.2%) is 2-4 with a walk, a SB, and a third-inning grand slam for what turned out to be not enough padding of the lead (+23.6%).
  • Knee looks okay: Bryce Harper (+16.2%) is 3-4 with a walk and 2 SB.
  • Stat padder: Anthony Rendon (+4.1%) is 2-5 with a two-run bomb in the 3rd (+5.6%).
  • Meltdown: Craig Stammen (-8.6%) struggles in 1+ IP, giving up 3 R (2 ER) on some hard hits, some circus plays, and some bloops and bleeders.
  • Shutdown: Drew Storen (+8.5%) cleans up Stammen's two-on, no-out jam in the aeyth with three quick, drama-free outs.
  • Too tricky for WPA: Jayson Werth (-1.8%) is 2-3 with a walk and 2 runs scored, including the eventual winning run on a wild throw trying to catch Zimmy stealing (+1.2%--for Zim).

(Updated to reflect the correct HBP total... three is a bit high.)

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