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Game 49 WPA: Hit by pitch(es). Nats 5, Plunkers 8

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GIo did okay, until they plunked him. Bryce was sitting, because he got plunked yesterday. Taylor went yard, so I'm sure they'll get around to plunking him. And then Janssen imploded.

Not HBP, but maybe pitching as if he had been.
Not HBP, but maybe pitching as if he had been.
David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

150529-49 WPA

Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

(What do these graphs mean?)

  • Plunked (twice): Gio Gonzalez (-27.4%) only gets one out in the 6th after getting HBP on his pitching arm. He gives up 4 runs in 5.1 IP with 6 Ks and 2 walks.
  • Brief lead, part one: Ryan Zimmerman (-4.1%) singles in a run to get the Nats ahead in the first (+10.4%).
  • Old man clutch (if "clutch" existed): Denard Span (+13.4%) hits a game-tying RBI single in the 5th (+15.4%).
  • The 'A' is for 'brief lead, part two': Michael Taylor (+30.4%) cranks a three-run bomb off the facing of the second deck in LF to put the Nats ahead with two outs in the 6th (+37.2%).
  • Shutdowns: Blake Treinen (+8.8%) gets the last two outs in the 6th without letting any furthers runs in, while Matt Thornton (+9.8%) works a 1-2-3 seventh.
  • One of the meltier meltdowns to date: Casey Janssen (-71.0%) does himself no favors by walking two, failing to cover first on an infield hit, and giving up 4 runs in the aeyth to puts the Nats far behind.

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