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Game 139 WPA: Yaaaay, $1 Hot dogs! Nats lose, are planning to open catering business in the offseason*.

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Strasburg had a pretty solid start, Storen was craptastic again in relief, and Harper was the vast majority of the offense (and it wasn't enough).

Cheer up, Drew! Maybe someone saved you some dollar hot dogs in the club house.
Cheer up, Drew! Maybe someone saved you some dollar hot dogs in the club house.
Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports


Source: FanGraphs

(What do these graphs mean?)

  • Quality, for what quality counts: Stephen Strasburg (+5.1%) lets in 2 runs in 7.1 IP with an eye-watering 13 Ks and 1 walk, exiting with a runner on, who scores, of course.
  • Does anyone else on this team hit? Bryce Harper (+27.2%) is 3-4 with a solo shot to get the Nats on the board with two outs in the first (+11.4%), a double to set up a go-ahead run in the 4th (+7.8%), and a solo moon shot like Dunn used to hit to the upper deck over the home bullpen to get the Nats within one with two down in the aeyth (+9.9%).
  • Well, at least he didn't walk anyone: Drew Storen (-35.5%) picks up his second spectacular meltdown in as many days, giving up the go-behind dinger on his second pitch in relief of Stras (-36.7%).
  • And nobody in this bullpen can pitch: Jonathon Papelbon (-7.0%) lets in a run to earn his own meltdown in the 9th, although it hardly ended up mattering.
  • Terrible trio: Ian Desmond (-9.4%), Wilson Ramos (-8.3%), and Danny Espinosa (-7.1%) combine to go 1-12 with 7 Ks and 2 LOB.

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*The part about the catering business may be speculation on my part.