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Game 45 WPA: Blake. Franking. Treinen. Nats 2, Cubs 1

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Roark did yoeman's work in a spot start, but Treinen really showed that he's emerged as a leverage guy. Also, Span and Ramos went yard, Matty played matchups right, and Drew did well.

This should be a picture of Blake Treinen, but there weren't any from today.
This should be a picture of Blake Treinen, but there weren't any from today.
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150525-45 WPA

Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

(What do these graphs mean?)

  • Versatile and effective: Tanner Roark (+15.1% pitching, +7.0% hitting) fans three and walks one over 5 IP, giving up 1 run. At the plate, he's 1-2 with an advance on a WP.
  • Quick out of the gate: Denard Span (+4.2%) is 1-3 with a solo shot to lead off the game (+10.8%).
  • Slow but steady: Wilson Ramos (+11.6%) belts a majestic fly ball out to the unfinished concrete bleachers in right-center for the winning run with two down in the 6th (+19.7%).
  • Long man: Blake Treinen (+18.4%) refutes every mean thing I've ever said about him with two scoreless innings in relief, striking out three and walking none to earn a shutdown.
  • Matchups: Matt Thornton (+5.9%) just misses credit for a shutdown with the first out of the aeyth, but Aaron Barrett (+7.0%) picks one up by getting the last two in that inning.
  • HIgh drama: Drew Storen (+17.6%) earns a shutdown with a scoreless 9th, hitting one and fanning one.

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