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Game 55 WPA: Time for a new streak. Nats 7, Cubs 5

Roark gave up some dingers, but the bullpen was solid and the bats came through to keep the Nats ahead.

I don't know why this isn't a picture of Danny Espinosa.
I don't know why this isn't a picture of Danny Espinosa.
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150605-55 WPA

Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

(What do these graphs mean?)

  • More 6th-startery than I would have thought: Tanner Roark (-6.7%) can't keep the ball in the yard, giving up a total of 4 runs over 5.2 IP with 6 Ks and no walks, but 3 HRs.
  • Early offense: Danny Espinosa (+19.7%) is 2-4 with a three-run jack in the 2nd to get the Nats on the board and ahead (+13.9%) and a fourth-inning double to set up another two runs (+6.6%).
  • More hitting up the middle: Ian Desmond (+11.6%) is also 2-4 with a needless second-inning double to put two RISP for the Espy's subsequent dinger (+11.4%).
  • Ima get his crazy P-Nats bobblehead: Wilson Ramos (+13.1%) is 2-4 with two-out, RBI double in the 7th to drive in the eventual winning run (+11.2%).
  • Shutdowns: Casey Janssen (+9.1%) and Blake Treinen (+6.6%) combine for scoreless 7th and ayeth innings, respectively, with 3 Ks and no walks between them.

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