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Game 119 WPA: Only mostly LOB. Nats win 4-1.

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Stras was pretty solid, but the LOB were driving me CRAZYBALLS until the Nats finally started cashing 'em in, and they cashed in enough.

"RAAAAR! I PITCHEZ EFFEKTIVELEE!" (Not an actual quote.)
"RAAAAR! I PITCHEZ EFFEKTIVELEE!" (Not an actual quote.)
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Source: FanGraphs

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  • You gotta help yourself out, dude: Stephen Strasburg (+34.4% pitching, -17.7% hitting) fans 5, walks none and gives up a single unearned run over 7 IP.  He's 0-3 with 4 LOB at the plate, including a bases-loaded K to end the 6th (-11.6%).
  • Rally time! Ian Desmond (+11.8%) doubles to put runners 2nd/3rd with no outs in the 6th and the Nats down by one (+14.4%).
  • Or not: Wilson Ramos (-12.4%) lines out to short with the bases loaded in the 6th (-11.0%) after an intentional walk in front of him, part of his 5 LOB on the night.
  • Sloppy, but I'll take it: Bryce Harper (+0.7%) scores the tying run on a WP with two down in the 7th, although Yunel Escobar (+8.2%) TOOTBLANs on the play to end the rally (+3.1%).
  • Sir Lawrence Oleadoffier: Jayson Werth (+30.1%) is 2-5 with a double and a two-out, two-run triple to put the Nats ahead in the aeyth (+34.9%).
  • Fidgety and effective: Casey Janssen (+11.5%) holds the lead with a shutdown aeyth on 7 pitches.
  • Is Rendon looking rested yet? Danny Espinosa (-15.0%) is 0-5 with 2 LOB.
  • [Rizzo points to head]: Jonathon Papelbon (+6.1%) finally gets a leveragy spot and he juuuust ekes out a shutdown with a 1-2-3 ninth.

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