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Game 81 WPA: Good trend at the half. Nats 13, Mets 2

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The Nats have the lineup equivalent of youth soccer: everyone hits! Gio's great start is "wasted" by being pretty much unnecessary--heck, Haren at his worst might have been able to win this game.

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Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

  • Someone's getting some overdue support: Gio Gonzalez (+18.5%) makes it through 7 shutout innings on 7 Ks and 2 BBs.
  • Apology worthy: Adam LaRoche (+10.9%) is 1-3 with a walk and a solo blast off the upper deck advertising billboard in RF to lead off the 2nd and give the Nats the early lead (+11.4%).
  • #Steak: Ian Desmond (+12.0%) is 2-4 with an RBI double in the 2nd to extend the Nats' lead (+11.6%) and a two-run jack in ninth-inning sooper junk time (+0.0%).
  • Stat padderz: Kurt Suzuki (+4.2%) is 2-5 with an RBI single in the 2nd (+4.5%) and a two-run jack in the aeyth (+0.5%). Jayson Werth (+7.5%) is 2-3 with 2 walks, a double, and a 3rd-inning solo shot (+4.9%). Denard Span (+6.1%) is 3-5 with a pair of doubles, including one for a 2nd-inning RBI (+7.2%).
  • No WPA for you: Ian Krol (+0.0%) gives up a pair of runs in low-leverage WPA wasteland, but manages to hold a 10+ run lead for two innings... earning no WPA at all.