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Game 79 WPA: Back to six. Nats win 4-2.

Scherzer was throwing all his pitches where he wanted, fanning batters and keeping it in the yard. There wasn't a lot of offense, but Murf-dawg was enough all on his own. Bullpen drama only minor.

Pitchy resting face is real, and it may not be the pitcher's fault.
Pitchy resting face is real, and it may not be the pitcher's fault.
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Source: FanGraphs

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  • Max: Max "All pitches working" Scherzer (+38.8%) gives up a few fly balls to the warning track, but gets through 7 1/3 scoreless with 10 Ks and a walk, leaving with one on and one out.
  • Don't try to do too much: Daniel "Hits" Murphy (+11.4%) hits a curve up and in into the second deck in RF for a monster solo shot to put the Nats ahead in the 2nd (+11.0%). He engages in some blatant stat-padding in the ayeth with a two-run bomb into the home bullpen (+4.5%).
  • Not helping: Oliver "My delivery doesn't deceive every bat" Perez (-6.8%) earns a meltdown in the aeyth for turning a one-on, one-out situation into two-on, one-out jam.
  • WPA cuts you all the slack in the 9th if you don't give up the lead: Shawn "Gimme moar lefties" Kelley (+11.5%) gets the last out in the aeyth, stranding 2 RISP. He gives up three hits and two runs in the 9th to add some drama, but strikes out the side to end the game for a shutdown.

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