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Game 68 WPA: Six games up. Nats win 7-5.

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Joe Ross had a quality start, Ollie not so much in relief, but Murphy's return to power and hits up and down the lineup provided runs enough to win.

Hits. (Shown here.)
Hits. (Shown here.)
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Source: FanGraphs

(What do these graphs mean?)

  • Serviceable with support: Joe Ross (+1.1%) gives up 3 runs over 6 IP with 6 Ks and 2 walks.
  • All he needed was a night off: Daniel "Hits" Murphy (+25.6%) puts the Nats ahead with a two-out, two-RBI double in the 3rd (+23.2%). He also leads off the sixth with a solo shot for the eventual winning run (+4.9%).
  • A certain level of confidence has always been warranted: Ryan "The Kids Call Him, 'Zim'" Zimmerman (+16.0%) has a walk and a two-out, two-run dinger to pad the lead in the 3rd (+14.3%).
  • Confuzzled: Oliver "Whirligig" Perez (-11.3%) puts runners 2nd/3rd without getting any outs to start the 7th, earning a meltdown. Blake "Cap'n Morgan" Treinen (+5.1%) cashes in both inherited runners but gets out of the inning with the lead intact, which just misses earning him a shutdown, and rightly so.
  • Shutdown: Sammy Solis (+7.5%) throws a scoreless ayeth.
  • Swiss Army Knife: Yusmeiro "Swiss Army Knife" Petit (+7.4%) shows his Swiss-Army-Knife-like flexibility by throwing a scoreless ninth to earn the save and a shutdown.

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