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Game 46 WPA: Needz moar old men. Nats 2, Cubs 3

NN help it as long as he could, but sometimes Nats gotta Nat. TOOTBLANs, errors, and relief pitches left up, whatcha gonna do?

Let's focus on the positives.
Let's focus on the positives.
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150526-46 WPA

Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

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  • Like old times: Jordan Zimmermann (+21.7%) gives up 1 run in 7 IP with 5 Ks and 3 walks. Enjoy your no-decision!

  • Young man strength: Bryce Harper (+1.6%) hits a game-tying solo shot to lead off the 7th (+21.4%).
  • Old man strength: Denard Span (+28.4%) cranks a go-ahead solo shot in the aeyth (+31.0%).
  • Meltdown: Aaron Barrett faces one batter in the aeyth and gives up the game-tying solo shot (-32.3%).
  • Shutdown: Matt Thornton (+9.8%) keeps it tied in the aeyth.
  • Meltdown: Matt Grace (-37.7%) gives up the walkoff in the 9th, although Desi's error doesn't help.
  • And yet, unhelpful: Yunel Escobar (+0.9%) somehow manages a positive-WPA night, going 1-2 with a walk, a HBP, a SB, a pickoff, and a CS to end a 9th-inning rally (-9.7%).

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