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Game 108 WPA: Gut punch. Nats lose.

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NN finally puts together a good game with some reasonable run support, only to have Storen blow it. Ouch.

It is the lot of the high-leverage guy to be tarred with your failures, but DUDE.
It is the lot of the high-leverage guy to be tarred with your failures, but DUDE.
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Source: FanGraphs

(What do these graphs mean?)

  • Just like old times: Jordan Zimmermann (+30.4%) gives up one run over 6.2 IP with 6 Ks and no walks. Enjoy your no-decision!
  • Up and down: Danny Espinosa (-1.8%) doubles and takes third on an error to set up the Nats' first run with one out in the first (+9.2%). He flies out with one on and one out and the Nats down by one in the 9th (-10.2%).
  • Like old times (part 2): Ryan Zimmerman (+11.4%) doubles in a run to put the Nats up by two in the 4th (+11.5%).
  • Wait, believe now, or not? Ian Desmond (+11.6%) is 1-3 with an RBI double, a walk, and a SB.
  • [Rizzo points to head]: Drew Storen (-66.3%) loads the bases with two outs in the ayeth and gives up the go-behind grand slam (-63.0%), earning a meltdown in spectacular fashion.
  • Also unhelpful: Wilson Ramos (-12.4%) is 0-4 with 3 LOB. Michael Taylor (-13.4%) is 0-4 with a strike out to end the ayeth with a runner on third (-10.8%).

Tonight's WPA brought to you by it wasn't a good idea when the Beatles and the Monkeys tried it, either, and besides Madness did this so much better with just a blue screen, which is not to say it isn't a good track: