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Game 34 WPA: How to avoid bullpen issues. Washington Nationals beat Baltimore Orioles 7-6 on dramatic Matt Weiters walkoff hit.

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Strasburg struggled a bit, but the big story was the dramatic 9th-inning comeback.

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Washington Nationals Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

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(What do these graphs and percentages mean?)

  • BABIP’d and bombed: Stephen Strasburg (-24.5%) gives up 5 runs over 6 IP, fanning 9 and walking 2.
  • Master of the two-out, two-run deficit: Michael Taylor (+7.2%) singles in with two down in the 4th to get the Nats within two (+8.8%), then lines a two-run dinger high off the back wall of the visiting bullpen to get them back within two with two down in the aeyth (+6.6%).
  • So typical: Jayson Werth (+20.8%) works 10 pitches into the first AB of the 9th before smashing the eleventh over the out-of-town scoreboard to get the Nats within one (+11.0%).
  • Rally: Bryce Harper (+27.1%) follows Werth with a double to put the tying run in scoring position (+24.4%). After an out and a walk, Anthony Rendon (+15.9%) singles to load the bases (+20.2%), then Matt Weiters (+50.5%) delivers his third hit of the night, a two-RBI single for the walkoff.

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