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Game 15 WPA: The triumphant debut of Matt Grace. Nats 5, SCA 7

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Fister had a rough outing, but the Nats did their best to pick him up. After some solid relief work, Treinen kinda blew it and Martin is already in his sophomore slump. Grace did okay, though. Kid looks promising, no fear at all.

"Yayyy! We got a new lefty! Up top!" (Not an actual quote.)
"Yayyy! We got a new lefty! Up top!" (Not an actual quote.)
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150422-15 WPA

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(What do these graphs mean?)

  • The anti-Gio: Doug Fister (-13.1%) gets punished for almost every baserunner when he can't keep the ball down, walking 2, fanning 3, and giving up 5 runs (4 ER) in 6 IP. Keep the ball on the ground, Dougie.
  • He only has so much Escobar to give: Yunel Escobar (+21.1%) hits a game-tying, two-out, three-run double in the 3rd (+29.6%), but it's his only hit of the night.
  • Enjoy your first shutdown: Matt Grace (+8.2%) keeps it tied with a scoreless 7th.
  • His bullpen role is, "meltdown": Blake Treinen (-22.2%) shows some flashes, but one of his walks comes around to put the Nats behind before his 2 Ks and a groundout get him out of the aeyth.
  • Second appearance slump: Rafael Martin (-7.0%) strikes out the side in the 9th, but gives up a solo shot to put the Nats down by two.
  • Unhelpful at the plate: Wilson Ramos (-10.7%) and Danny Espinosa (-10.2%) combine to go 0-8.

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