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Game 54 WPA: Cleaning up. Nats win 7-2.

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The Nats started this game with a roster-adjusted chance of winning over 70%, and between Scherzer dealing and the lineup raking, it kept getting better.

Gonna git you out, son. (Not a quote.)
Gonna git you out, son. (Not a quote.)
Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports


Source: FanGraphs

(What do these graphs mean?)

  • Squeezed: Max "Oh, THAT HR/9 problem" Scherzer (+30.5%) gives up 2 runs in 8 IP with 11 Ks and 2 walks (at least one of which was due to a rather curious strike zone).
  • Early payback: Ryan "The children call me, 'Zim'" Zimmerman (+11.9%) doubles in a run with two out in the first to put the Nats ahead (+11.4%).
  • He's not really an inside-the-park type: Wilson "Lazer Eyez" Ramos (+23.7%) is 3-4 with an RBI single in the 4th (+7.4% and a three-run bomb the other way in the 6th (+10.7%).
  • Is someone chasing you? Danny "He's right behind me, isn't he?" Espinosa (-3.5%) pulls a solo shot to left to pad his stats while he can (+2.0%).

Bonus Graph: Is Dana DeMuth cross-eyed (or corrupt)?

The solid line is the rule book zone, the dashed line is the "usually called" zone. Red are called strikes, green are called balls, triangles are the Nats. The view is from the catcher's perspective. DeMuth wasn't giving Max the inside corner to lefties. Neither was he giving him anything inside of the middle of the plate, apparently.

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