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Game 14 WPA: Worst check-swing call since Berkman. Nats win 3-1

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Ross comes out early, but the bullpen picks him up and the Nats sprinkle enough runs for a win. Good team effort.

Just pretend this is a picture of Yusmeiro Petit.
Just pretend this is a picture of Yusmeiro Petit.
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Source: FanGraphs

(What do these graphs mean?)

  • Blistering: Joe Ross (+10.3 pitching, +3.4% hitting) throws two scoreless with a walk before he's pulled for not striking anyone out*. He draws a walk and scores a run.
  • Us geezers call him, "Zim," too: Ryan Zimmerman (+4.1%) doubles in a run to put the Nats ahead with two down in the first, although he gets thrown out going for third (+8.5%).
  • What, no dingers? Bryce Harper (+6.9%) doubles in the Nats second run with two down in the 3rd (+11.8%).
  • Swinger: Yusmeiro Petit (+15.2%) fans three and walks none, giving up one run in 4 IP after coming in to pick up Ross and earn himself a shutdown.
  • Stop junk-timing and work on your OBP! Michael Taylor (+2.9%) hits a stat-padding solo shot with two down in the 5th (+9.4%).
  • Watching him makes me dizzy: Oliver Perez (+7.7%) use his confuzzling delivery to throw a scoreless 7th and earn a shutdown.
  • Sinkerballer sinkerballs: Blake Treinen (+8.3%) follows his formula (K, hit, GDP) to earn a shutdown in the aeyth.
  • Bounce-back: Jonathan Papelbon (+8.4%) ends the game with a particularly enormous K to earn a shutdown.

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*It is possible that Ross was pulled because he had a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand.