Game 125 WPA: More LOB means higher OBP, amirite? Nats 4, Cubs 2

Dude is pitching good now. - David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

I swear Ray tried to come back and jinx it in the interlude before the 9th. CUT IT OUT! Haren had another solid outing, there were a lot of LOB, but the Nats managed to push across enough runs to make it only somewhat nerve wracking when Soriano came up.

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Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

  • You gotta DIY, man: Dan Haren (+23.5% pitching, -16.8% hitting) strikes out six and walks none in 6 IP, giving up only 1 ER. However, he's 0-3 at the plate with 5 LOB.
  • Where's the power? Ryan Zimmerman (+14.1%) is 2-4 with a walk and a pair of doubles, one in the 1st for an RBI to put the Nats ahead early (+14.1%), and one to lead off the 6th (+9.4%).
  • I remember this guy: Drew Storen (+10.6%) throws a 1-2-3 7th for a shutdown.
  • This guy, too: Tyler Clippard (+13.8%) has some three-ball counts, but ultimately throws his own 1-2-3 aeyth for a shutdown.
  • Sigh. And him: Rafael Soriano (+3.9%) does not earn a shutdown for finishing a game with a 3-run lead, giving up a solo shot followed by 2 Ks and a fly out.  He makes a fan nervous.

I'm in a good mood, so enjoy this fond memory of Pete Orr:


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