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Game 31 WPA: There’s that bullpen collapse. Washington Nationals lose 6-5 to Philadelphia Phillies but win series.

Roark had a decent outing, Werth was superb, and the bullpen... not so much.

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Image courtesy Fangraphs.

(What do these graphs and percentages mean?)

  • Another wasted outing: Tanner Roark (+10.4%) throws gives up 2 runs (none earned) in six innings, walking 3 and fanning 5.
  • Second-best “Turner”: Trea Turner (-15.4%) is 0-5 with 2 Ks.
  • First-best Werth: Jayson Werth (+31.1%) is 4-5 with a double, a first-inning solo shot to put the Nats ahead early (+10.2%), and a two-run tater to regain the lead with two outs in the 5th (+26.3%).
  • Also good: Anthony Rendon (+8.8%) singles in a run with one out in the 7th, also advancing a runner to set up another run (+13.2%).
  • Off the closer short-list: Matt Albers (-59.8%) melts down pretty heinously, giving up a three-run bomb to tie the game in the aeyth (-44.6%), and leaving with two on and no outs in the 9th.
  • Moving up the closer short-list: Enny Romero (+31.4%) comes on to defuse Albers’ jam, working around a single to end the inning and send the game to extras.
  • Closers are dumb: Blake Treinen (-36.5%) earns the final meltdown of the evening, loading the bases with one out before giving up the losing sac fly.

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