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Game 11 WPA: It's gotta be the gloves! Nats 7, FF 2

Scherzer seems to be pretty good at pitching, and Harper can hit okay (at least when he borrows someone else's batting gloves). That was enough.

Zim is going to want those gloves back, dude.
Zim is going to want those gloves back, dude.
Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

150417-11 WPA

Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

(What do these graphs mean?)

  • I like the new guy: Max Scherzer gives up 1 run in 8 IP with 9 Ks and no walks. Acceptable.
  • Zim wants his gloves back: Bryce Harper (+22.3%) is 1-2 with a pair of walks and a towering, three-run bomb to straightaway center to put the game away in the first (+22.9%).
  • Yeah, but he had another error: Ian Desmond (+7.9%) is 3-4 with a HBP.
  • I refuse to believe: Danny Espinosa (+7.8%) hits a solo bomb way out to straightaway center to pad the lead in the 4th (+7.5%).
  • Triumphant debut: Felipe Rivero (+0.2%) fans 2 but gives up a run in the 9th to finish the game.
  • New moon: Jayson Werth (-7.4%) is the WPA laggard on the night, going 0-5 with 7 LOB.

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