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Game 40 WPA: It's what Zim does. Nats 8, NY 6

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Gio was no bueno tonight after a promising start, but, wow, did the team pick him up.

"I am hitting a walkoff home run." (Not an actual quote, although it could be.)
"I am hitting a walkoff home run." (Not an actual quote, although it could be.)
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150519-40 WPA

Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

(What do these graphs mean?)

  • Right off the cliff: Gio Gonzalez (-45.5%) gets 9 quick outs to start the game then implodes, giving up 6 runs with 2 walks and a strikeout over a total of 5 IP.
  • Early offense: Ian Desmond (+7.3%) lines a solo shot just over the out of town scoreboard to put the Nats ahead in the first (+11.2%).
  • Speaking of off the cliff: Bryce Harper (-9.3%) is 1-4 with a walk, a line-drive solo homer in the first (+10.1%), two Ks, and a rally-snuffing GDP in the 5th (-13.3%).
  • Still giving us more Escobar: Yunel Escobar (+23.5%) is the WPA dark horse tonight, going 2-3 with two walks and a 5th-inning RBI single to get the Nats within one (+13.5%).
  • There's that power: Wilson Ramos (+4.9%) cranks a towering solo bomb over the visiting bullpen to tie the game in the 6th (+20.6%).
  • Lights out: Blake Treinen (+13.1%) earns a shutdown with two scoreless innings after Gio exits. Drew Storen (+12.4%) gets a shutdown with a scoreless 9th, while Matt Grace (+12.4%) gets one with a scoreless 10th.
  • It's kind of his thing: Ryan Zimmerman (+28.0%) lines a two-run, two-out, walkoff bomb off the RF foul pole.

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