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Game 47 WPA: Like a BAWSS. Nats 3, Cubs 0

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Scherzer was a flat-out boss. The bullpen picked itself up, defense was solid, and the hitting was just enough. And then a little extra.

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150527-47 WPA

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(What do these graphs mean?)

  • Exemplar: Max Scherzer (+41.7% pitching, +0.7% hitting) strikes out 13 and walks 1, giving up no runs in 7 IP. He's 1-3 at the plate, and his AVG may be higher than his AVG against right now...
  • Three true outcomes: Bryce Harper (+17.7%) is 1-3 with 2 Ks, two walks, and a sixth-inning solo bomb to put the Nats ahead by two (+12.4%).
  • Bad trend: Matt Grace (-19.8%) gives up a double and a walk to start the aeyth, earning a quick hook and a meltdown.
  • Baller: Casey Janssen (+27.5%) earns the heck out of his shutdown, getting out of the aeyth with no runs allowed, including laying out to field a bunt.
  • Junk-timer: Danny Espinosa comes in as a defensive replacement and cranks a stat-padding solo shot in the 9th to put the Nats up by 3 (+3.9%).
  • WPA is not impressed: Ian Desmond (+3.4%) is 3-5 with a pair of doubles.

Tonight's WPA brought to you by the early-90's SLO fish-rap scene (represent for the Central Coast!):