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Game 160 WPA: Lovin' teh leftees. Nats win, attempt to glue thin veneer of respectability on terrible season of crushed expectations

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Gio was interesting in the most Nats-bullpen sort of way, but put together a solid start. The bullpen wavered slightly but held strong, and the left mashers came up with the necessary D1NG3RZ!!

"Yeah! We win games all by ourselves!" (Not an actual quote.)
"Yeah! We win games all by ourselves!" (Not an actual quote.)
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Source: FanGraphs

(What do these graphs mean?)

  • Tightrope walking: Gio Gonzalez (+32.0%) somehow gets through six scoreless with 7 Ks and an inning in which he walked the bases loaded.
  • Lefties we love, #1: Matt den Dekker (+8.8%) is 1-3 with a walk, a TOOTBLAN, a double, and a nice catch on a ball over his head.
  • Lefties we love, #2: Clint Robinson (+19.5%) is 2-4 with a massive solo shot into the upper deck in RF to put the Nats ahead in the top of the seventh (+22.6%).
  • Eventful inning: Blake Trienen (-8.8%) melts down in the 7th, getting one out and putting two on. Matt Grace (-18.0%) doesn't quite defuse the jam, letting in the tying run (-25.9%) and leaving with runners-corners and two outs for the his own jam. Rafael Martin (+8.4%) comes on the finish the inning with no more runs in and earn a shutdown.
  • Lefties we love, #3: Bryce Harper (+42.2%) hits a two-run bomb to the upper deck in RF to put the Nats ahead with two down in the ayeth (+42.6%).
  • No drama, only outs: Casey Janssen (+6.9%) throws a 1-2-3 aeyth, while Felipe Rivero (+6.8%) strikes out the side in the 9th. Both earn shutdowns.

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