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Game 107 WPA: Is Desi back? Nats win 8-3

Joe Ross is earning a place in the bigs while Ian Desmond seems to have finally realized it's a contract year.

I understand he's starting a modern dance troupe in the offseason. (This is not true.)
I understand he's starting a modern dance troupe in the offseason. (This is not true.)
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Source: FanGraphs

  • Poor Dougie: Joe Ross (+19.6%) gives up 1 run over 6 IP with 7 Ks and no walks. That's something we should see every 5 games.
  • Hit early and often: Ian Desmond (+18.0%) smacks a solo shot to put the Nats ahead in the first (+12.0%), hits a leadoff double in the fourth and scores (+5.9%), and even draws a walk!
  • Also having something of a resurgence: Wilson Ramos (+19.0%) is 2-5 with a two-out, two-RBI single for the winning margin in the 5th (+15.7%).
  • A little melty: Casey Janssen (-38.1%) melts down almost disastrously, giving up two runs and leaving the game with runners 2nd/3rd.
  • Effective: Matt Thornton (+27.2%) makes up for last night by getting the last two outs in the 7th to defuse Janssen's jam and earn a shutdown.
  • Pop off the bench: Ryan Zimmerman hits a pinch-hit RBI double with two out in the 7th (+10.2%).
  • Proof: Drew Storen (+6.6%) picks up another shutdown with a scoreless aeyth.
  • Hairy-chested stat-padder: Clint Robinson (-10.5%) hits his way into junk time, with a meaningless three-run jack in the aeyth (+1.9%).
  • Serial single-bagger: Bryce Harper (+13.6%) is 2-2 with three (3!) walks and two runs scored.

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