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Game 157: The problem with pitching to contact. Nats 4, Mets 7

Who was the most effective pitcher today? Was it the one who struck out 5 batters? I think it was.

Next time, strike 'em all out!
Next time, strike 'em all out!
Mitchell Layton

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Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

  • NEEDZ MOAR KAYZ: Blake Treinen (-17.2%) gets charged for 4 runs, making it through 4 1/3 innings on 8 hits, a K and a walk.
  • Conventional rally: Adam LaRoche (+3.4%) singles to put runners corners in the 4th, whereup Ian Desmond (+0.5%) drives in the tying run with a sac fly (-7.9%).
  • Unconventional rally: Danny Espinosa (+9.9%) singles to put two on the 5th (+7.3%), takes second on a Nate Schierholtz (+11.9%) pinch-hit RBI single, takes third on a two-baserunner balk (+7.2%), and finally scores on a Michael Taylor (-7.9%) two-RBI single to tie the game (+13.4%).
  • LOOGY FAIL: Xavier Cedeno (-8.8%) melts down trying to get out of the fifth, Slatening in two of Treinen's baserunners.
  • LOOGY WIN! Jerry Blevins (+15.5%) throws two scoreless with 5 (five!) Ks to earn a shutdown.
  • Set up fell down: Tyler Clippard (-36.5%) melts down in the ayeth, only getting two outs and letting in the losing runs.