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Game 40 WPA: The return of Tony one-bag. Nats win 7-1.

Gio faded a bit toward the end, but the bullpen picked him up. Rendon and Werth seem to like the new order so far.

"Ima get that other bag, you just wait." (Not an actual quote.)
"Ima get that other bag, you just wait." (Not an actual quote.)
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Source: FanGraphs

(What do these graphs mean?)

  • Pithy pitching comment: Gio Gonzalez (+8.0%) leaves with the bases loaded and one out in the 7th after giving up one run, striking out 5 and walking one.
  • Prodigal second baseman: Daniel Murphy (+10.6%) hits a two-out RBI single to tie the game in the third (+13.6%).
  • Visiting third baseman: Anthony Rendon (+21.2%) is 2-3 with two walks and a two-out, two-RBI single to put the Nats ahead in the 5th (+24.7%).
  • "Defuser" defuses the Giam: Felipe Rivero (+13.1%) strands Gio's runners and earns a shutdown by getting the last two outs in the 7th and the first in the aeyth.
  • Liking the two-spot: Jayson Werth (+15.0%) is 2-2 with a double, a SB, three walks, and three runs scored.
  • AVG down, OBP up: Bryce Harper (+11.0%) is 0-1 with four walks. Also, he gave one of his bats to a kid in the stands after Dan Kolko was mean to him (mean to the kid, that is)*, and that's got to be worth something.

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*Dan Kolko was not actually mean to a kid, he just retrieved a bat Ramos flung into the stands so WIlson could use it to hit a two-out, two-RBI single in the 9th (+0.9%).