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Game 28 WPA: Jelly legs. Nats lose 2-5.

Ross has a pretty good start, but you gotta score runs to win, kids. Also, it helps to catch fly balls and to not fall to pieces defensively in the later innings.

Don't get caught leaning.
Don't get caught leaning.
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Source: FanGraphs

(What do these graphs mean?)

  • ZIMMERMANN'D: Joe Ross (+0.5%) gives up 2 runs in 6 2/3 innings pitched with 9 Ks, 2 walks, and a HBP. Notwithstanding the net positive WPA, enjoy your loss, loser.
  • Patient/impatient: Bryce Harper (+0.9%) is 1-1 with three walks, getting picked off with no outs in the fourth (-7.1%).
  • Tonight's WPA leader: Clint Robinson draws a pinch-hit walk to put two on with no outs in the aeyth (+10.7%).
  • Rally killers: Michael A. Taylor (-12.4%) is 1-4 but fails to walk the bases loaded in the ayeth by flailing at pitches out of the zone until he Ks (-9.7%). Anthony Rendon (-21.9%) follows up with an inning-ending GDP (-14.7%).
  • The 0-fer was the least of it: Ryan Zimmerman (-7.7%) is 0-4 with a pair of errors that ended up costing 3 runs.
  • Now the errors hurt: Jayson Werth (-6.4%) cranks a no-doubt, two-out, two-run bomb into the LF corner in the 9th (+0.2%), the junk-timer.

Tonight's WPA brought to you by romance is dead but charmingly melodic: