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Game 162 WPA: The triumphant debut of Spencer Kieboom. Nats win 10-7.

Max was shaky, doing better at the plate than on the mound. Fortunately, the rest of the Nats were also busy with the bats.

"It's Kieboom's world, we just live in it." (Not an actual quote.)
"It's Kieboom's world, we just live in it." (Not an actual quote.)
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Source: FanGraphs

(What do these graphs mean?)

  • I don't care, pitcher wins are dumb: Max Scherzer (-27.7% pitching, +17.1% hitting) coughs up 5 runs in 5 IP, fanning 7 and walking 2 to earn his 20th meaningless pitcher win. At the plate, he's 2-2 with a two-run single in second (+9.4%) and another 2-run singles in the fourth (+9.8%).
  • More like this, please: Danny Espinosa (+30.3%) hits a two-out, two-run dinger to stretch the Nats' lead in the 5th enough to eventually win (+18.7%).
  • Un-resolving the playoff roster: Reynaldo Lopez (-16.7%) does not cover himself with glory in the ayeth, getting only two outs before giving up two runs and leaving with two men on to earn a meltdown.
  • Getting back into the groove? Sammy Solis (+10.4%) comes up to get to the last out of the ayeth with a big K to quash a rally and earn a shutdown.
  • K'BOOM goes the patience! Spencer Kieboom (+0.9%) draws a walk in the ayeth in his first MLB plate appearance, eventually coming around to score the Nats' 10th run.
  • Also meritorious: Trea Turner (+11.6%) is 1-3 with a pair of walks and a SB. Wilmer Difo (+14.3%) is 1-3 with a walk and a SB.