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Game 21 WPA: That went a little better. Washington Nationals beat Colorado Rockies 11-4, bullpen does better.

Roark looked a little shaky there at the end, but the bullpen didn’t let it get away, and the Nats kept tallying runs.

Washington Nationals v Colorado Rockies
Don’t break my heart this season, Zim.
Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Image courtesy Fangraphs.

(What do these graphs and percentages mean?)

  • Gasping to the finish line: Tanner Roark (+18.9%) struggles to make it through the last of 5 IP, walking four (and walking in a run!), fanning four, but only giving up 2 runs.
  • Here he comes to save the day: Adam Eaton (+9.4%) makes his sole hit of the night count, plating two with two outs in the in the 2nd to get the Nats ahead early (+15.5%)
  • Big night? WPA don’t care: Trea Turner (+3.7%) is 3-5 with an RBI double and a 5th-inning solo shot (+8.8%). Bryce Harper (8.4%) is 4-4 with a double.
  • Still the Face of the Franchise: Ryan Zimmerman (+20.4%) is tonight’s WPA winner, going 3-5 with a two-run homer in the 5th (+10.2%) and an RBI hit in the 7th.
  • Trickeration: Oliver Perez (+7.6%) throws a 1-2-3 6th inning with a strikeout to earn a shutdown and show that the bullpen can get it done.

Tonight’s WPA brought to you by Colorado: