Game 155 WPA: Unsatisfying end to unsatisfying season. Nats 2, Fish 4

Yeah, that's pretty much how we all feel, Zim. - Jonathan Ernst

Okay, I know it's not the end (and not even the home end, but all the ceremony and whatnot was this game), but it was certainly another frustrating loss in a season full of frustrating losses.

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Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

  • Not too bad is not enough: Dan Haren (-11.9%) gives up 3 ER over 6 IP with 5 Ks and 1 BB. Enough your last home loss of the season!
  • I call him Zim, too: Ryan Zimmerman (+17.2%) blasts a two-run homer out to left center to get the Nats within one in 6th and briefly keep hope alive (+19.6%).
  • Meltdown: Ryan Mattheus (-12.6%) only gets one out into the 7th, giving up a coffin-nail run on a single/SB/WP/Sac fly sequence that seemed all too predictable.
  • One of us: Zach Walters (-14.2%) GDPs to snuff a potential aeyth-inning rally.

So, is Fieldin Culbreth bad at umpiring?

Take a look (green are called balls, red are called strikes, triangles are pitches by the Fish, squares are pitches by the Nats):

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via www.brooksbaseball.net

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via www.brooksbaseball.net

Yeah, not so consistent and a little bit in favor of the Fish. Nats' pitchers got pretty heinously squeezed on several pitches, and the Fish got several generous calls low.  Did it cost the game? No, the Nats failing to muster much offense against some guy I'd never heard of who improved to 4-10 on the the season today cost the game.  But that doesn't mean that Culbreth ain't a bum.


Verdict: BUM.


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