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Game 62 WPA: Desmond does it. Nats 9, Giants 2

Yeah, Strasburg, blah blah. Did you see Desmond's ABs?

Good at baseball (shown here).
Good at baseball (shown here).
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Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

  • Not the star: Stephen Strasburg (+16.2%) gives up 1 ER in 6 IP with 7 Ks and no walks.
  • Also not the star: Jayson Werth (+5.8%) is 2-4 with a first-inning RBI double that put the Nats ahead for good (+7.7%).
  • Still not the stars: Wilson Ramos (+6.5%) is 2-4 with a double and a walk, while Denard Span (+9.7%) is 3-5 with two doubles and a triple!
  • Star... or SUPERSTAR?! Ian Desmond (+31.0%) comes up big again and again, going 3-5 with a RBI triple in the second (+14.5%), a two-out, two-RBI single in the third (+16.8%), and a two-run double in the 7th to pad his stats (+0.5%).