Game 12 WPA: The Crisis. Nats 2, RFB 10

Monarchy and the aristocracy are the two ancient baseball tryannies we must vanquish to ensure the Rights of Fan(s). - Public domain via wikimedia commons

As d_c_guy put it in his paraphrase of Thomas Paine's classic, these are the times that try fans' souls.

Today's postgame: Nats get swept.

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Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

What do these graphs mean (this is a link)?

  • Another not-great start: Gio Gonzalez (-35.6%) has a brutal first two innings, but ends up slogging through 6 IP with 6 Ks, 3 BBs and a HBP, giving up 6 ER, including 2 HRs. Not great.
  • [Rizzo points to head]: Last-minute signing Kevin Frandsen (+3.1%) is 2-4 with a double and a run scored (the Nats' only one on the day).
  • Your WPA leader: Bryce Harper (+4.7%) is 2-2 with a double, two walks, and a TOOTBLAN.
  • Stat-padded: Adam LaRoche (-3.8%) breaks his 0-fer-the-weekend with a junk-time solo shot to narrow the margin to 8 (+0.0%).

Bonus graph: Is Angel Hernandez bad at umpiring?

We all know he's not good on the basepaths or watching gloves, but can he call balls and strikes?  I mean, can he call them correctly? Red are called strikes, green are called balls, squares are Nats pitchers, triangles are the other guys. The solid rectangles are the rulebook strikezone and the dashed lines are the "as typically called" zones, with graphs for righty and lefty hitters. Umps typically call righty/lefty strikes zones differently.  Angel was clearly trying to get to the Early Bird special.

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via www.brooksbaseball.net

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via www.brooksbaseball.net

Great job, Angel! Let me know when your new glasses come in.

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