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Game 6 WPA: See what league-average offense can do? Nats 4, FF 3

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The Nats finally score an average amount runs (albeit not until extras), which proves to be plenty sufficient for a win. Let's continue with this "scoring runs" thing, Nats.

This was not the most important offense of the day.
This was not the most important offense of the day.
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150412-6 WPA

Via Fangraphs. (What do these graphs mean?)

  • Reliable (so far): Max Scherzer has a shaky outing, giving up an ER while fanning 8 and walking 2 in 6 IP.
  • Early offense: Bryce Harper (+1.1%) hits solo shot the other way just over the LF fence to put the Nats up in the first.
  • Poor relief: Xavier Cedeno (-17.2%) melts down in the 7th, giving up the game-tying solo bomb (-25.3%) before getting out of the inning.
  • Better relief: Craig Stammen (+9.6%) and Aaron Barrett (+12.0%) get the game to extras with shutdown ayeth and 9th innings, respectively.
  • [Rizzo points to head]: Yunel Escobar (+40.1%) has a heroic 10th, doubling the lead off the inning (+17.5%) and later scoring the go-ahead run on a wild pitch (+8.2%).
  • INsurance: Clint Robinson (+8.9%) is second in hitting WPA, going 3-5 with a 10th inning double, eventually scoring the winning tally on a Wilson Ramos (-5.9%) RBI single (+8.2%).
  • Keeping it interesting: Drew Storen (+7.3%) takes us for a ride, walking the first two batters in the bottom of the 10th and giving up a run, but holding the lead--thanks in a part to a Ryan Zimmerman (+2.8%) diving play to stop the tying RBI and end the game (+15.5%).

Today's WPA brought to you by the march back toward .500: