Game 77 WPA: The triumphant debut of Taylor Hill. Nats 2, Brew 9

I'm thinking that pitching underhand may have been worth trying today. - Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Looks like the Nats had a heck of an extra-inning hangover. Maybe the pitchers who weren't pitching last night should have gone to bed early.

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Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

  • Bad approach: Stephen Strasburg (-42.3%) kept loading the bases and giving up dingers as he surrendered 7 ER over 4.2 IP with 2 Ks and 3 BBs.
  • Boom! Offense! Nate McLouth (-2.4%) hit a run-scoring FC to get the Nats ahead early and give us some brief hope (+7.8%).
  • BOOM!! OFFENSE!! Ian Desmond (+8.1%) is 2-4 with a two-out, RBI double to get the Nats within 2 in the fourth (+8.2%).
  • Welcome to bigs, kid: Taylor Hill (-0.8%) debuts to a runners-corners jam and a pile of innings to eat. He gives up 2 ER with a walk and a strikeout, but finishes the game with 3.1 IP to give everyone else a day to rest.

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