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NLDS Game 3 WPA: I'll wait. Nats win 8-3

Gio was about like usual for the postseason, which isn't great, but the bullpen was NAILS and the bats really came through.

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Source: FanGraphs

(What do these graphs mean?)

  • Lefty dominance? Gio Gonzalez (-14.0%) gives up 3 runs over 4 1/3 innings, with 4 Ks and only one walk.
  • Old man power: Jayson Werth (+31.6%) smacks an RBI double to tie the game in the third, taking third on the throw to set up the go-ahead run (+19.3%).
  • Young man power: Anthony Rendon (+12.1%) cranks a two-run dinger with one down in the 3rd for the eventual winning runs (+13.0%).
  • Lefty dominance: Sammy Solis (+12.1%) gets 5 outs in relief in the 5th and 6th, retiring righties and lefties alike with a K and a walk to earn a shutdown.
  • Righty dominance: Shawn Kelley (+23.8%) gets 5 outs in the 7th and aeyth with 3 Ks and no walks to earn a shutdown of his own.
  • Old man stat-padding: Werth hits a loooooong home run about 2/3s of the way up the bleachers in right center to lead off the 9th (+8.3%).
  • Also meritorious: Bryce Harper (+14.1%) is 1-2 with two walks, an RBI, a HBP, and a SB.

Tonight's WPA brought to you other things that took as long as tonight's game but may have turned the tide: