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Game 142 WPA: The triumphant return of cat daddy3000! Nats win 2-1.

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Fister was nails over 7 innings, Matty practiced his playoff bullpen management, and DROOOOOOOOO got it done. Also, just enough offense. THINK OF THE BABY RACCOONS!

WON'T SOMEONE THINK OF THE BABY RACCOONS!!
WON'T SOMEONE THINK OF THE BABY RACCOONS!!

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Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

  • Work on the K-BB: Doug Fister (+44.7%) gets through 7 scoreless with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts.
  • Jumping out early: Ian Desmond (+2.6%) is 1-4 with a first-inning RBI single to get the Nats on the board (+10.0%).
  • [Rizzo points to head]: Asdrubal Cabrera (+5.6%) doubles to put runners 2nd/3rd with no outs in the 7th (+7.9%).
  • Junk-timer: Anthony Rendon (+1.2%) beats out the back end of a bases-loaded DP grounder to drive in an irrelevant insurance run in the 7th.
  • Lever-pull #1: Matt Thornton (-12.2%) comes in to defuse a two-out, two-on situation in the ayeth, but gives up a seeing-eye RBI single to get tagged with a meltdown.
  • Lever-pull #2: Craig Stammen (+11.9%) gets a pop-up to end the 8th and earn a shutdown.
  • They're not booing: Drew Storen (+15.1%) strikes out the side the end the game and notch a shutdown.

Now is the time on the WPA when we dance: