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Game 152 WPA: Lost opportunities. Nats lose, manage to summarize season of futile promise in single maddening game

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Throw as hard as you want. It won't matter.
Throw as hard as you want. It won't matter.
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Source: FanGraphs

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  • Not last year's guy: Tanner Roark (-13.4%) gives up a nearly-insurmountable three runs in 5 IP with two walks and a punch-out.
  • His first [of, we hope, many] big-WPA play: Trea Turner (+12.8%) smacks a pinch-hit double in the 5th to set up the Nats' first two runs.
  • Are there PEDs that work for defense? Yunel Escobar (+20.0%) is 3-5 with a 5th-inning RBI single to get the Nats within one (+11.2%) and a 7th-inning RBI double to put the Nats [briefly] ahead (+15.2%).
  • Win some, lose some: Wilson Ramos (+15.7%) hits a game-tying solo shot in the 7th (+25.6%), but strikes out in the middle of a two-on rally in the ayeth after that Nats [inevitably] fell behind (-11.7%).
  • Not set up for success: Blake Treinen (-48.8%) melts down in the aeyth, giving up a platoon-disadvantaged go-behind home run (-44.3%).
  • STOP! BUNTING! After Clint Robinson leads off the ayeth with a pinch hit double (+15.3%), Ian Desmond (-23.2%) manages to bunt (!) into a lead-runner-snuffing FC (-16.9%).
  • The BABIP gods are jealous of his beard, I'm pretty sure: Jayson Werth (-18.5%) is 0-4 with 3 LOB and a GDP.

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