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Game 59 WPA HOT TAKE: Ross to bullpen—ARE YOU CRAZY?! Joe throws gem in Nats’ 6-1 win over Os.

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Joe fights the hitters instead of himself, putting in his best start of the year in spite of the anemic (for him) run support.

Baltimore Orioles v Washington Nationals
“RAAAAR! I STRIEKZ YU OWT!” (Not an actual quote.)
Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Image courtesy Fangraphs.

(What do these graphs and percentages mean?)

  • Who IS this guy? Joe Ross (+18.0%) gives up one run (!) over seven 1/3 innings (!!) with no walks and 12 Ks (!!!).
  • Full-blown panic: Trea Turner (+12.3%) walks to lead off the game (+3.5%), then steals 2nd (+2.4%), then steals 3rd (+2.7%), then scores on a Bryce Harper (+8.3%) single (+5.5%) for the early lead. Trea leads a double steal in the 2nd (+1.9%), setting up a sac fly run.
  • Please continue to prove me wrong: Michael Taylor (+12.4%) doubles in a pair of runs later in the first to put the Nats up by 4 (+12.9%).
  • Back into the swing of junk time: Stephen Drew (+10.8%) is 2-2 with an RBI single in the first (+8.5%) and a rocket of a solo shot into the second deck above the home bullpen in RF in the 5th (+1.7%).

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