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Game 61 WPA: Clowns exorcised? Nats 7, Twins 0

NN has some command issues (or some umpire issues) but still cruises through 7. The bats finally come alive, and some clown fielding and baserunning ends up doing no harm.

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Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

  • Rock steady: Jordan Zimmermann (+27.3%) pitches a 7-inning shutout, fanning 8 and walking 2. Nice.
  • Clown/not-clown: Anthony Rendon (+18.9%) makes up for a dropped pop-up by going 2-3 with a walk, a go-ahead RBI single (+21.2% with a bonus run scoring on an error), and a two-out, two-run double to finish putting the game out of reach in the 5th (+2.2%).
  • Ralliers: Jayson Werth (+7.4%) is 2-3 with a walk, Adam LaRoche (+7.6%) is 2-3 with a two-out RBI single to start the 5th-inning scoring binge (+6.6%) and Ian Desmond (+6.7%) is 3-4 with a bases-loaded, two-run single.
  • Welcome to the party: Jeff Kobernus (+2.0%) is 2-4 with a walk and his first MLB hits, but gets himself doubled off on a hit-and-run fly out (-5.6%).