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Game 30 WPA: Attack of the Stat Padders! Nats win 9-2.

Gio had a good start, the bullpen was nails, and the defense recovered from some shaky plays. Also, people hit a bunch of home runs. Whatever, you have power, we get it, already. (You're not fooling me, Espinosa!)

King Junk Time and Sir Stat-Padder.
King Junk Time and Sir Stat-Padder.
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150508-30 WPA

Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

(What do these graphs mean?)

  • Shakier than it looked: Gio Gonzalez (+12.3%) battles his own wildness and some shaky defense to turn in a strong, 7-inning, two-run performance, with 8 Ks, 1 walk, and a HBP.
  • Dinger: Jayson Werth (+6.7%) cranks a solo bomb 15 rows deep in the LF stands to get the Nats on the board in the fourth (+12.5%).
  • DINGER: Bryce Harper (+33.4%) floats a helium ball just over the fence in front of the Red Porch seats for a two-run homer to put the Nats ahead in the 6th (+35.8%).
  • D1NG3R! Danny Espinosa (+2.1%) joins the downtowners with a junk-time solo shot of his own into the visiting bullpen with the game well in hand in the 7th (+10.6%).
  • Painless: Matt Grace (+6.6%) allows a hit but follows up with a GDP and a groundout for a scoreless aeyth and a shutdown.
  • Now you're just stat-padding, you junk-timers: Harper yanks a three-run jack over the out of town scoreboard in the aeyth, but totally lower deck (+3.0%). Epsi joins in with a two-run johnson of his own later that inning (+0.4%).

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