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Game 52 WPA: When it rains it pours. Nats 5, Fish 8

Zimmermann wasn't sharp, the offense stranded a ton of runners, and the bullpen was only solid until it imploded. This was a team effort.

Rough night.
Rough night.
Greg Fiume


Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

  • Did I mention, "not sharp?" Jordan Zimmermann (-21.2%) gives up 4 R (3 ER) in 5 IP, with 3 Ks and 1 BB. P2C is not a path to consistent success.
  • Hairy-chested: Nate McLouth (+39.8%) has himself a proverbial "day," going 4-4 with a steal, a walk and a two-out, two-run double to get the Nats on the board in the 6th (+14.8%).
  • Also rallying: Denard Span (+21.3%) gets the Nats within one on a run-scoring, bases-loaded, two-out ROE in the 6th (+13.7%), then loads the bases with no outs in the aeyth with a bunt single (+11.5%).
  • When does the power come back? Wilson Ramos (+17.2%) continues his recovery, going 3-6 with a game-tying solo shot in the 7th (+25.8%).
  • The FAIL! It burns! Anthony Rendon (-28.1%) strikes out with the bases loaded and no outs in the aeyth (-9.8%), as well as flying out to leave 'em loaded in the 6th (-12.9%). He has 8 LOB on the night.
  • Also not succeeding: Jayson Werth (-18.1%) pops out in the aeyth with the bases loaded and one out (-14.4%). Adam LaRoche (-17.2%) grounds out the end the inning (-13.1%).
  • Solid: Tyler Clippard (+10.1%) and Rafael Soriano (+12.8%) throw shutdown ayeth and ninth innings to keep in tied.
  • Fire, gas, TNT: Jerry Blevins (-21.9%) only gets one out in the 10th, loading the bases for Aaron Barrett (-26.6%), who cashed in all of Blevin's runners and one of his own to put the Nats behind for good.

Tonight's WPA post brought to you by catastrophic art criticism (or perhaps cultural rebellion).