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Game 8 WPA: Less of a nail-biter. Nats 5, Sox 2.

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Double-N gets some good D and gets around a bunch of hits by not issuing any free passes. Harp hits a mammoth, rocket-assisted Dunn tribute bomb, Desi racks up extra bases, and Danny is kinda clutch.

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Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

  • P2Success: Jordan Zimmermann (+13.6%) gives up 2 ER in 7 IP, striking out 4, walking none, and working around 7 hits.
  • Bam! Bam! Bryce Harper (+19.2%) is 2-4 with a Dunnesque (only faster) solo bomb into the second deck to tie the game in the fourth (+14.4%).
  • Power in the middle: Ian Desmond (+14.5%) is 3-4 with two doubles and a triple (+9.3%). Danny Espinosa (+14.9%) is 2-4 with a double and an RBI single for the lead in the 4th (+14.1%).
  • Strange new respect: Kurt Suzuki (+6.1%) is 0-1 with three walks.