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Game 133 WPA: The King is dead. Long live the Nats! DC 8, SEA 2

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Chalk this one up under, "most unexpected win of the year."

"You da man!" "Yes. Yes, I am da man." (Not an actual quote.)
"You da man!" "Yes. Yes, I am da man." (Not an actual quote.)
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Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

  • As of old: Jordan Zimmermann (+7.5%) gives up 2 runs in 6 IP, fanning 8 and walking one. That's a decent outing.
  • Getting it started: Anthony Rendon (+15.5%) has a perfect night, going 4-4 with a walk and a first-inning solo shot to get the Nats on the board (+10.6%).
  • The DH is still an abomination: Jayson Werth (+18.4%) smacks a two-out, two-run, go-ahead bomb in the third to put the Nats ahead for good (+23.4%).
  • Piling on: Ian Desmond (+12.6%) cranks a fourth-inning solo dinger to tack on (+11.1%), while WIlson Ramos jacks one of his own two batters later (+9.0%).
  • Straight-up stat-padding: Bryce Harper (+9.9%) is 3-4 on the night, getting in on the aerial attack with a two-out, aeyth-inning solo homer (+3.7%). Ramos follows with his second of the night in the next AB (+1.9%).
  • [Sad trombone]: Adam LaRoche (-4.5%) is 0-4 with a sac fly, with one of the Nats' TWO (2!!) Ks on the night.
  • More Ks than the King: Drew Storen (+5.0%) throws a 9-pitch, two-strikeout, scoreless 7th, but there isn't enough WPA left for him to get a shutdown for it.

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