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Game 38 WPA: To the Max. Nats 4, Pads 1

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Scherzer was solid, the bats were serviceable, and the defense was tight. See how easy that win was, Nats?

Strikeouts may be closer than they appear.
Strikeouts may be closer than they appear.
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150516-38 WPA

Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

(What do these graphs mean?)

  • He's awfully good: Max Scherzer (+19.5%) throws 7 scoreless with 11 Ks, although he walks two. Work on that, Max.
  • More to give: Yunel Escobar (+14.7%) leads the position players in WPA night, going 2-4 with a double and a first-inning, RBI single for the early lead (+12.1%).
  • Why is WPA rewarding outs? Ryan Zimmerman (-1.9%) drives in the Nats' 2nd run with an RBI groundout in the first (+3.4%), while Denard Span (+1.2%) supplements his 2-4 with a sac fly in the fourth (+1.6%).
  • Other merit: Wilson Ramos (+6.8) is 1-3 with a walk and a two-out, RBI single in the first for the winning tally (+8.7%). Bryce Harper (+6.1%) is 2-3 with a walk and no homers.

Tonight's WPA courtesy of least essential director's cut ever: