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Game 70 WPA: Curve-ball battle! Nats lose 3-6

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Currrrve-ballss: the Nats can't throw them or hit them today, at least not enough, and it costs a game.

As ineffective as those unis are ugly.
As ineffective as those unis are ugly.
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Source: FanGraphs

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  • Not such a strong start: Gio "Sorry, kids, no gruel tonight" Gonzalez (-45.0%) struggles to miss bats and find the strike zone, giving up 5 runs over 5 1/3 innings pitched with 3 Ks, 4 walks, and 2 HBP.
  • Prototypical leadoff hitter: Michael "The 'A' is for, 'D!NGERZ'" Taylor (+37.9%) yanks a solo shot in the the LF corner on the first pitch of the game to get the Nats a brief early lead (+11.0%).
  • Picking up your pitcher: Danny "Why wouldn't I be the starting SS?" Espinosa (+9.3%) smashes a solo jack into center to get the Nats within one in the 5th. Two outs later, MAT pulls a second solo bomb into the LF corner to tie the game (+16.1%).
  • Not helping: Jayson "O-fer" Werth (-12.6%) is 0-4 with 2 Ks and 2 LOB. Ryan "Chase the high fastball like it owes you money" Zimmerman (-13.7%) is 0-4 with 2 Ks and 3 LOB.
  • Let's cling to our one bright spot: MAT is 4-4 with a double and a steal in addition to his two dingers.

Tonight's WPA brought to you by vintage perversity (part 1 of a series):