- Pitcher wins are still dumb: Tanner Roark (-10.2%) gives up 2 runs in 4 1/3 innings pitched with a K and 3 walks. Maybe Dusty shouldn't have pushed him so hard at the end of the regular season.
- From G04+ to H3r0 in the blink of eye (or two innings): Jose Lobaton (+18.7%) GDPs with the bases loaded to end the 2nd with the Nats behind by one (-16.8%). However, he atones by belting a two-out, three-run homer into the visiting bullpen to put Nats ahead from behind in 4th and drive in the winning runs (+36.5%).
- Wharez teh POWARR?!?!?! Daniel Murphy (+22.7%) is 3-3 with a walk and two RBIs to pad his playoff stats.
- Two true-outcome hitter: Danny Espinosa (+7.6%) is 0-2 with 2 Ks, 2 HBP, and a run scored.
- Big time: Marc Rzepczynski (+13.1%) get four outs in the 5th and 6th, stranding two inherited runners to earn a shutdown--despite leaving with two of his own on base.
- Platoon shmatoon: Blake Treinen (+8.9%) gets four straight outs in the 7th and aeyth innings for a shutdown of his own.
Apparently the high strike is a thing now
Look, I don't like to chirp about the zone when the Nats win, but Chris Guccione seems to have a different diagram of the strike zone in his copy of the rule book.
"Don't call strikes below the knees," should not be interpreted as, "call strikes at eye level." For once the problem is less inconsistency than it is a zone only marginally related to the location of the plate and the height of the batter.
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