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Game 121 WPA: ATL fans = Filly fans. Nats 2, RFB 3

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Some truly classless behavior in the stands tonight. Isn't the synchronized stereotyping enough? Protip: don't give a standing ovation to a pitcher who threw at someone's head.

I understand that baseball players have long memories.
I understand that baseball players have long memories.
Kevin C. Cox

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Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

  • Tough luck: Taylor Jordan (+4.2%) goes 6 IP with 3 Ks and 3 BBs, giving up no ER.  Yeah, two runs score because of errors, of course.
  • WPA the hard way: Bryce Harper (+11.1%) is 1-2 with a double, a walk, and two HBP--both above the numbers.  Apparently, standing quietly in the batter's box is a way to show someone up?
  • Payback: Jayson Werth (+18.1%) follows up the second Harper HBP with a game-tying, RBI single in the aeyth (+25.7%).
  • Like old times (in a good way): Craig Stammen (+14.2%) throws 2 perfect innings in relief with 3 Ks, while Drew Storen (+13.0%) gives up a hit but no runs in the 9th with 2 Ks to keep it tied, earning shutdowns for both.
  • If you can throw 95, throw 95: Ian Krol (-37.0%) gets one out in the 10th before giving up the losing solo shot (-42.5%).
  • The opposite of "clutch" might exist: Denard Span (-34.5%) is 0-5 with 3 Ks and 5 LOB (4 of which were in scoring position), plus a popped-up bunt.  STOP! BUNTING! (And if you're going to bunt, BUNT IT ON THE GROUND.) Ian Desmond (-22.3%) GDPs and strands a bunch, too.