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Game 85 WPA: Needs more [Nats] runs. Nats lose 2-3.

Gio pitched pretty well, but the bats couldn't manage more than a two-run lead, and the bullpen couldn't hold it.

Tonight's not on you, man.
Tonight's not on you, man.
Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports


Source: FanGraphs

(What do these graphs mean?)

  • Quality: Gio Gonzalez (+11.9%) goes 6+ IP, giving up 1 run on 5 Ks and 3 walks and working out of some jams.
  • Unclutch (if that existed): Jose Lobaton (-30.4%) GDPs twice, more notably with two on in the fifth and the Nats down by one (-15.4%).
  • Clutch (if that existed): Tyler Moore (+7.8%) hits a two-out double the other way to drive in the tying run after LOBatron's GDP (+15.3%). Michael Taylor () follows up with another two-out hit (through the shift!) to drive in a go-ahead run (+14.9%).
  • I was never worried: Aaron Barrett (+18.0%) comes into the 7th with one on and no outs and earns a shutdown with 2 Ks and a popup to preserve the one-run lead.
  • I should have been more worried: Matt Thornton (-21.6%) gives up a game-tying double to lose the lead in the aeyth and earn a meltdown (-36.3%).
  • Definitely not worried enough: Tanner Roark (-37.7%) gets one too few strikeouts in the 9th, giving up the walkoff solo shot to earn a meltdown (-53.1%).

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