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Game 74 WPA: Not bad for a ST game. Nats win 5-2.

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He's set such a high barrier that you forget that an outing like Scherzer's tonight actually qualifies as "dealing," you know. Also, Matt denDekker hit an improbably deep home run.

They say the game after 2 CGs is a stinker like tonight's, amirite?
They say the game after 2 CGs is a stinker like tonight's, amirite?
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Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

(What do these graphs mean?)

  • Completing his game: Max Scherzer (+28.4% pitching, +4.9% hitting) "only" goes 8 IP (which was maybe one too many), giving up 2 runs, fanning 7 and walking none. He's 1-2 at the plate with a sac bunt, an advance on a WP, and a run scored on a shallow sac fly.
  • He must think catcher wins are a stat: Wilson Ramos (+17.1%) beats out on an infield single (!) for a two-out RBI in the first to get the Nats the early lead (+10.4%), then follows up with a run-scoring ROE with two outs in the 5th to put the Nats up by 3 (+8.9%).
  • The stat-padding started early: Matt den Dekker (+0.0%) hits a two-run bomb 15 rows back in the RF power alley to put the Nats up by 5 in the 6th (+6.4%). Wait, a denDinger? Almost an upper-Dekker?  Inconceivable!
  • Homeward bound: Michael Taylor (+10.5%) is 2-5 with a double and two runs scored.

Tonight's WPA brought to you by the return of the part of the WPA where we DANCE: