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Game 99 WPA: Well, a bit less bad. Nats 5, Bucs 6

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Haren almost did okay and the Nats came close to rallying enough. Baby steps?

He does not like your tone.
He does not like your tone.


Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

  • Free passes, man: Dan Haren (-28.1%) fans 6, walks 1, and hits 1 over 5 IP, but the walk and the HBP both come around to score on HRs, comprising the losing margin of his 5 ER on the night.
  • The "other" three true outcomes: Adam LaRoche (+9.1%) is 1-2 with a walk, a solo shot, a HBP, and 3 runs scores (all on HRs).
  • Not giving up on this team: Jayson Werth (+18.2%) is 2-4 with a pair of two-run dingers, one in the 7th (+11.0%) and one in the 9th to get the Nats within one (+10.6%).
  • Grinding: Denard Span (+13.3%) hits a one-out double in the 9th to put himself in scoring position as the tying run (+16.6%).
  • Ground: Wilson Ramos (-10.6%) fans (-13.3%) and Steve Lombardozzi has PH ground out (-13.5%) to strand Span in the 9th.
  • Also bad today: Ian Desmond (-14.1%) is 0-4.