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Game 37 WPA: Tit for tat. Nats win 6-5 in back-and-forth contest.

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Max showed some resilience and the rest of the Nats kept answering back.

Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals - Game Two
“You are the man!” “No, sir, I beg to differ—it is YOU who are the man.” (Not an actual quote.)
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Image courtesy Fangraphs.

(What do these graphs and percentages mean?)

  • Rub some dirt on it: Max Scherzer (-7.6%) shakes off a 100mph line drive to the ankle to go 6 IP (including a 9-pitch, 3K “immaculate” inning right after getting tagged), giving up 3 runs with 8 Ks but no walks.
  • Expected: Bryce Harper (+23.6%) is 3-4 with a third-inning RBI single to get the Nats on the board (+5.8%) and a two-out, RBI double in the 5th to regain the lead (+16.3%).
  • A pleasant surprise: Brian Goodwin (+17.4%) hits a two-out, RBI double of his own in the 6th to regain the lead again (+17.4%).
  • Oof: Jacob Turner (-39.5%) lets in two runs in the ayeth to put the Nats behind and earn a meltdown.
  • Altogether unexpected (although maybe we should have a bit more faith): Michael Taylor (+44.1%) comes up with the big hit of the night, bouncing a two-run dinger off the left-field fair pole to regain the lead in the ayeth for the third and final time (+54.2%).
  • Closer material: Matt Albers (+16.4%) throws a 1-2-3 9th to hold the lead and earn a shutdown.

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