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Game 64 WPA: Nice outing all around. Nats win 4-1.

Scherzer flirts with a perfecto for 5 innings, then gets a surge of support after he allows a run.

"I CRUSH U!" (Not an actual quote.)
"I CRUSH U!" (Not an actual quote.)
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Source: FanGraphs

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  • I feel ashamed for being blasé about this outing: Max "$30 Million and I'm worth it" Scherzer (+22.9%) pitches seven innings of one-run ball with 11 strikeouts and no walks.
  • Aggressive baserunning: Bryce "I will not be walked" Harper (+5.3%) gets the Nats on the board with a run-scoring single+error, helped along by Jayson "If 'clutch' existed, I would be it" Werth's (+1.6%) late, hard slide going first-to-third™ that deflected the throw (+13.5%).
  • Give it to a kid, Sammy! Wilson "I hit it more harder" Ramos (+14.4%) cranks a solo shot into the home bullpen to get the lead right back in the 6th, bouncing the ball to Solis on the bench (+17.4%).
  • Scrappy guys, scrapping: Danny "Starting shortstop, and why wouldn't I be?" Espinosa (+8.3%) is 1-2 with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI. Ben "I'm a career .300 hitter, you know" Revere (+9.1%) is 2-4 with 2 SB and an RBI.
  • High-leverage: Shawn "Shouldn't I be pitching in these situations all the time?" Kelley (+5.0%) gets the last 5 outs to earn a save, although there just wasn't enough WPA left to get a shutdown.

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