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Game 58 WPA: Collapse. Nats lose 1-6

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Scherzer deserved better, but the rest of the Nats, maybe Harper and Yuni excluded, sure didn't. I'm looking at you two in particular, Desmond and Thornton!

"RAAAAR! I SLAETUNZ TEH STARTER!" (Not an actual quote.)
"RAAAAR! I SLAETUNZ TEH STARTER!" (Not an actual quote.)
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150610-58 WPA

Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

(What do these graphs mean?)

  • Unearned: Max Scherzer (-3.1%) is in a little too long and unlucky, giving up one run in 6.2 IP with 7 Ks and a walk before giving up the go-behind run on an error.
  • Out the long way: Bryce Harper (+9.8%) is 2-4 with a double and a game-tying solo shot with two outs in the 4th (+14.0%).
  • Extremely unhelpful: Matt Thornton (-16.1%) struggles get the last out in the 7th, too, cashing in both inherited runners and one of his own to put the game out of reach and earn a richly deserved meltdown.
  • Faces of the franchise: Ryan Zimmerman (-6.6%) and Anthony Rendon (-16.5%) combine to go 0-8 with 3 LOB.
  • Trying: Yunel Escobar (+6.1%) is 2-4 with a double.

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