Game 5 WPA: Needs more beer. Nats 2, RFB 6

He may not drink, but this game sure drove me to. - Mitchell Layton

Me, not the game. Because that was a sobering outing. A Zim throw goes awry, Stras gets lit up, and the Nats strand many runners. Not much to like. Also, a TOOTBLAN.

Zim left game with shoulder soreness. Because this night couldn't get any better!

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Via Fangraphs

  • Not so great: Stephen Strasburg (-43.5%) only makes it through 4.1 IP with 6 Ks and 3 BBs, giving up 3 ER (6 R, 2 of which scored after RZim's throwing error).
  • Our modicum of hope: Adam LaRoche (+29.3%) is 1-2 with a pair of walks and a first-inning, two-run moon shot into the third deck in RF (+18.8%).
  • Least valuable player: Bryce Harper (-15.3%) is 0-4, although his WPA gets unfairly dinged for Jose Lobatan getting thrown out at home trying to tag on a shallow fly to CF (-8.8%).

Hey, kids, remember Jim Joyce? Is he a bum?

Oh, my, yes. Check out tonight's strike zone maps:

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via www.brooksbaseball.net

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via www.brooksbaseball.net

Nats don't get the outside corner to RHH, but ATL gets the inside corner, and what's going on with the outside corner to LHH?  Pick a strike zone, Jim, and use the same one for both teams.

What captures my pain tonight? I was hoping not to have to bust this out so soon, but you forced my hand, Nats.  TOOTBLAN!!!


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