- I blame Stras for setting a bad example: Tanner Roark (-21.9%) vividly illustrates the problems with P2C as he walks 3, strikes out 3, and gets BABIP'd for 9 hits and 3 runs in 4 IP.
- Would-be savior: Daniel Murphy (+28.6%) belts a game-tying, three-RBI triple off the base of the wall in right field to get the Nats back into the game in the first (+25.5%).
- Not helping with the bats: Wilson Ramos (-19.2%) and Michael Taylor (-20.6%) combine to go 0-9 with 3 Ks and 6 LOB. Jayson Werth (-15.3%) is 0-3 with a walk and 6 LOB.
- Stat-padding, already? Bryce Harper (+6.5%) is 1-3 with two walks and a 7th-inning solo shot to get the Nats within two (+7.8%).
So, did Barksdale bet the Marlins tonight?
His zone kinda seemed to favor the Marlins pitchers on the inside edge of the zone to righties, didn't it? Let's check pitch F/X:
Gee, I see a lot more red triangles in the right-handed hitter's box where the green squares are. Probably just a coincidence. Say, Lance, I hear Ramos know a good LASIK guy.
Tonight's WPA brought to you by you jerks are going to share my pain tonight: