Game 29 WPA: Bearded comeback. Nats 5, FF 3

Even in the dark, the Beard has power. - Mitchell Leff

The Nats get behind early for what seems like the zillionth time in 29 games, but then they hold the line. And they chip away. And chip away.

Chart_9__medium

Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

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

  • Wolf-bit: Stephen Strasburg (-5.3% pitching, +1.5% hitting) goes 6 IP with 5 Ks and 1 BB... and 3 R (0 ER) from a first-inning, two-out bomb that came 3 pitches after a dropped foul fly (-24.3%). He has a sac bunt and walk at the plate.
  • Junk-timer: Tyler Moore (+2.4%) hits a leadoff homer in the 3rd to get the Nats on the board (+8.3%).
  • Keeping it close: Jerry Blevins (+6.0%) juuuuust manages to earn a shutdown by getting the last two outs in the 7th after coming in with a runner on 2nd.
  • Small-baller: Denard Span (+15.2%) gets the Nats within one with an RBI groundout in the 5th (-1.5%), hits a leadoff double in the aeyth (+14.8%) then steals 3rd (+7.9%) to set up the tying run.
  • BeardbeardbeardGOATEE: Anthony Rendon () drives in Span for the tying RBI (+9.2%). Jayson Werth (+19.8%) follows THAT with a double (+9.9%), then Adam LaRoche (-1.8%) dutifully delivers the go-ahead RBI single (+16.5%). Ian Desmond () doubles in another run to put the Nats up by two (+10.6%).
  • Man of decision: Rafael Soriano (+8.9%) walks the first better, but gets a runner-interference double play to clean it up, followed by an easy foul pop for the shutdown.
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Federal Baseball

You must be a member of Federal Baseball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Federal Baseball. You should read them.

Join Federal Baseball

You must be a member of Federal Baseball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Federal Baseball. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker