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Game 16 WPA: A real team loss. Nats 1, Mets 7

A Desmond error allows enough unearned runs to lose. Strasburg gives up enough earned runs to lose. Storen gives up enough runs in relief to lose. The Nats leave can't score enough runs to win, leaving most of 'em on base. It was ugly all around.


Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

  • Unsupported, but not dominant: Stephen Strasburg (-14.3%) is hardly helped by a pair of unearned first inning runs, struggling through 6 IP with 6 Ks and 2 BBs. However, he gives up a pair of solo shots that would have lost the game anyway.
  • Not clutch: Jayson Werth (-12.9%) GDPs to quash a nascent 6th-inning rally when the Nats were only down by two (-10.2%).
  • Slop counts: Steve Lombardozzi (+7.2%) leads the Nats in WPA with a bases-loading ROE with no outs in the 7th (+10.9%).
  • Really not clutch: Kurt Suzuki (-13.7%) helps prove "clutch" is not an actual skill, fanning with the bases juiced and no outs in the 7th, down by 3 (-9.5%). Roger Bernadina follows with a pop up (8.5%), then Denard Span (-8.6%) ground out (-8.1%).
  • Honorable mentions: Stras got his first hit of the year, a 3rd-inning double (+4.4%). Span caught almost everything. Chad Tracy (+4.3%) picked up an RBI for the Nats' sole run (+8.3%). Zach Duke (+1.0%) had a 1-2-3 7th.