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Game 33 WPA: Let every reliever have a chance to fail. Washington Nationals lose 5-4 to Baltimore Orioles in another late bullpen collapse, waste Scherzer gem.

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Max pitched a pretty good one, and the Nats got a few big hits, but not enough to hold off the now-apparently-inevitable bullpen problems.

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(What do these graphs and percentages mean?)

  • You have to go the distance if you want a win: Max Scherzer (+30.9%) gives up 2 runs over 8 IP, striking out 11 and walking 2.
  • Jump out: Daniel Murphy (+10.5%) smacks a second-inning solo shot to get the Nats an early lead (+10.5%).
  • It’s almost enough to make me forget the goatee: Adam Lind comes up big with a pinch-hit, three-run bomb to regain the lead in the ayeth (+35.1%).
  • Scratch off another potential closer: Enny Romero (-47.7%) gets rattled after a “balk,” and lets in two runs to send the game to extras and earn a meltdown.
  • Lone bright spot: Oliver Perez (+9.7%) gets a big strike out to help defuse a two-on jam in the 10th and earn a shutdown.
  • No Cinderellas in THIS bullpen: Justin Turner (-10.1%) finishes extricating the Nats from the 10th, throws a scoreless 11th, then gives up three hits in the 12th to lose it and turn that good work into a meltdown.
  • Figures of demerit: Ryan Zimmerman (-15.9%) is 1-5 with 2 LOB. Jayson Werth (-14.2%) is 0-4 with a walk. Trea Turner (-28.1%) is 1-6, getting saddled with the WPA for an inning-ending fly-out DP when Brian Goodwin TOOTBLANs in the 12th (-14.2%).

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