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Game 18 WPA: Cleaning up. Washington Nationals beat New York Mets 6-3 to sweep series on Murphy grand slam, 8-inning Scherzer outing

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Max pitched well, gopher balls aside, and Murphy returned to his hitting ways.

MLB: Washington Nationals at New York Mets Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

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(What do these graphs and percentages mean?)

  • Trouble with the long ball, but not too much trouble: Max Scherzer (+23.1%) gives up 3 runs over 8 innings pitched with 9 strikeouts and a single walk.
  • It got late early: Daniel Murphy (+19.1%) drives in the winning runs with one out in the first, swatting a grand slam to right center (+23.5%).
  • This is some classy veteran junk-timing: Ryan Zimmerman (+15.7%) cranks a two-run bomb off the facing of the second deck in left field and into the hands of an ecstatic young Nats fan with two outs in the aeyth (+19.2%).
  • “Saves” are dumb: Koda Glover (+7.8%) gives up a leadoff single (where by “gives up,” I mean, “deals with Oliver Perez’ inherited runner”) but gets 3 quick outs afterward for a scoreless 9th and a shutdown.

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