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Game 139 WPA: So. Much. FAIL. Nats 8, FF 9

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Blame Sori if you want for this wasted offensive outburst and solid Strasburg start, but there's plenty of blame to go around tonight. ("Booooooo!" says Mrs. Doghouse.)

Mistakes were made (not necessarily shown here).
Mistakes were made (not necessarily shown here).
Jonathan Ernst

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Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

  • Enjoy the no-decision: Stephen Strasburg (+23.6% pitching, -0.3% hitting) gives up 1 run in 6 IP, fanning 5 and walking none. He's 1-2 at the plate, with a single and a run scored.
  • Early output: Adam LaRoche (+17.8%) is 1-2 with a walk and a second-inning, two-run homer to right center to put the Nats ahead (+18.8%).
  • It got comfortable fast: Anthony Rendon (+8.7%) is 2-4 with a pair of walks, his two-run double in the 5th only jogging the WPA needle slightly (+4.7%).
  • Meltdown the first: Rafael Soriano (-37.4%) embraces the worst of the hysterical fan narratives about him, giving up three runs in the ninth and making it hard to argue against vague hypothetical "changes."
  • The true fireman: Tyler Clippard (+15.8%) gets the last out in the 9th and keeps it tied in the 10th to earn a shutdown.
  • Meltdown the second: Craig Stammen (-34.5%) gives up the go-behind run in the 11th, thanks partly to some clown play in the outfield (-17.3%).
  • Meltdown the third: Jerry Blevins (-7.5%) gives up the eventual losing run on an RBI single. If only he could get lefties out.
  • A shot a redemption: Jayson Werth (-0.5%) singles to put runners corners in the 11th (+10.4%). Tyler Moore (+8.7%) singles in a run to get the Nats within one (+11.9%).
  • Final FAIL: Ian Desmond (-7.8%) is 1-4 with 2(!) walks, but strikes out with two on and one out in the 11th (-15.8%). Bryce Harper (-15.6%) caps his 1-5 + outfield-clown-play night by flying out to end the game (-16.1%).

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