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Game 135 WPA: Smooth operation. Nats win.

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Gio had a strong outing, Bryce hates the baseballs, and Ian is still hitting.

Desi has the most WPA tonight, and he made good throws in the infield.
Desi has the most WPA tonight, and he made good throws in the infield.
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150905-135 WPA

Via Fangraphs

(What do these graphs mean?)

  • Nearly unhittable: Gio Gonzalez (+19.3%) walks four but fans 10 over 6 scoreless.
  • Hitty McHitterson, feeling hitterish: Ian Desmond (+19.8%) is 3-4 with a first-inning leadoff double (+7.2%), after which he eventually scores the Nats first run on a WP (+10.4%). Anthony Rendon (+8.0%) is 2-4 with an RBI double for the Nats second run (+9.8%).
  • He'll tell you when it's a strike: Bryce Harper (+13.0%) is 3-4 with a double and a two-run homer with two outs in the 3rd for the winning tallies (+13.4%).
  • No WPA for me, thanks: Ryan Zimmerman (-2.2%) drives in the Nats' 7th and 8th runs on a pair of outs that result in only stat-padding.
  • WPA does not respect clown plays: Wilson Ramos (+1.5%) o-fers tonight, but has a hilarious swinging bunt that gets misplayed into two runs (+2.7).

Tonight's WPA brought to you by whistling past the graveyard: