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Game 32 WPA: Big news! It's the 9th inning! Nats win 5-4.

Strasburg seemed like he might have been a little distracted on a couple of pitches. The bullpen and bats combined to pick him up.

One of my top three lefty sluggers on this team.
One of my top three lefty sluggers on this team.
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Source: FanGraphs

  • Dude, if someone offers you a deal, you better take it: Stephen Strasburg (-21.8%) pounds on the three true outcomes, fanning 11, walking 4, and giving up 4 runs (all via dingers) over 7 innings pitched.
  • Doesn't anyone else get any RBI on this team? Daniel Murphy (+24.3%) is the man on the spot, single in a run to get the Nats within one with two outs in the 4th (+10.8%), then clubbing a two-out, two-run bomb to right to get the Nats within one again in the 6th (+19.6%).
  • LOBster roll: Ryan Zimmerman (-21.6%) does not make them pay, going 0-4 with 5 LOB.
  • Ejected: Danny Espinosa (+8.7%) singles to put runners corners and set up the tying run in the 7th (+19.3%). Bryce Harper (+0.4%) is 0-2 with a pair of walks.
  • Bounce back: Blake Treinen (+8.3%) comes on with one on, no out in the aeyth and gets a pair of outs to earn a shutdown, including a huge caught stealing at third (+12.3%).
  • They call him the defuser (no one actually calls him this): Felipe Rivero (+18.9%) gets out of a two-on, two-out jam in the aeyth and then gets two outs in the ninth to earn a shutdown.
  • He thrives in the majik aeyth: Clint Robinson has a pinch-hit solo shot to go ahead in the ayeth get the walkoff (+42.4%).

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