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Game 59 WPA: AL ball is weird. Nats win 11-4.

This game was a little over-determined, but Max was nails and the lineup just kept hitting.

"Who do the kids call, 'Zim?' Me, that's who." (Not an actual quote.)
"Who do the kids call, 'Zim?' Me, that's who." (Not an actual quote.)
Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Source: FanGraphs

(What do these graphs mean?)

  • He got to take a nap between every inning: Max "Superfluous (tonight)" Scherzer (+11.1%) throws 7 innings of unneeded (but welcome) shutout ball with 6 Ks and a walk.
  • Score early, often: Ryan "The Kids Call Him Zim" Zimmerman (+12.0%) cranks a two-run shot over the bullpen in LF to cap the Nats' four-run first inning (+13.7%).
  • Stat-pad early, often: Stephen "I exist, and I hit bombs" Drew (+5.6%) takes advantage of rare start to hit a junk-time solo bomb to lead off the 2nd (+4.9%), while Danny "Who's that behind me?" Espinosa (+3.2%) goes back-to-back with his own solo shot (+3.5%).
  • Now THIS is some junk-timing: Jayson "I am a DH-loving apostate" Werth (+8.1%) hits a three-run bomb in the aeyth to get the Nats into double digits (+0.2%).

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