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Game 161 WPA: Same, old same-old. Nats win, considerably thicken veneer of credibility on terrible season of crushed expectations

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Max is quite extraordinary, but I think I will actually miss Dan Uggla the most next season, not least because his presence vastly enhanced my LASIK heckle for the HP ump.

I don't even care if Patrick already used this photo.
I don't even care if Patrick already used this photo.
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Source: FanGraphs

(What do these graphs mean?)

  • [Yawn] SEEN IT. Max Scherzer (+53.6%) fans 17, walks none, and allows a single baserunner on a Yunel Escobar throwing error for his second no-hitter of the season. It's tired--show us something new!
  • WPA is normally not so generous with this sort of inning: Clint Robinson (+6.8%) singles to put runners corners in the 6th (+11.1%), then Wilson Ramos (+2.0%) hits a sac fly for the game-winning run (+5.1%).
  • If you're only going to hit two HRs in a season, they're not usually both so memorable: Dan Uggla (+14.9%) makes the most of his fill-in duty at 2B, with a HBP, a nice snag of the one hard-hit ball the defense had all night, and a solid solo shot in the 7th to pad his stats (+13.3%) like the junk-timer he is.

Tonight's WPA brought to you by the Duke of Washington and his superior grasp of  NYC geography: