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Game 20 WPA: Punchless. Nats lose 0-3.

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Gio was serviceable, if perhaps left in a bit too long (am I noticing a pattern?). The lineup was staggeringly ineffective.

This is not a man on the way to first base.
This is not a man on the way to first base.
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Source: FanGraphs

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  • Dread: Gio Gonzalez (-2.4%) leaves with the bases loaded and one out in the 7th, having already let in 2 runs with 5 Ks and 3 walks. You keep that bullpen fresh, Dusty.
  • Easy come, easy go: Sammy Solis (+4.1%) clears up Gio's jam with a timely GDP to escape the inning with no further damage, then he gives up a solo shot in the aeyth to put the Nats further behind and turn his shutdown into, "meh."
  • Particularly unhelpful: Jose Lobaton (15.2%) is 0-3 with 3 LOB, "leading" the Nats in offensive futility.
  • Presenting tonight's hitting WPA leader: Danny Espinosa (+3.7%) is hardly imposing, going 1-3 with a bunt single and walk, but it's more than anyone else on the team did.
  • Further ignominy: Jayson Werth (-9.9%) is 0-3 with 2 Ks and a LOB. Ryan Zimmerman (-9.6%) is 0-4 with 3 Ks and 2 LOB.

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