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Game 90 WPA HOT TAKE: Rendon still not all-star. Nats beat Reds 10-7

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Scherzer is pretty okay, but it’s not like he’s Gio. Rendon is also quite good at baseball.

Washington Nationals v Cincinnati Reds
“[GRUNT!]” (Actual quote.)
Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

Image courtesy Fangraphs.

(What do these graphs and percentages mean?)

  • He is almost as good at pitching as Gio: Max Scherzer (+31.9%) throws 6 scoreless with 10 Ks despite 4 walks. Why didn’t you leave him in, Dusty?
  • The other way: Daniel Murphy (+13.8%) doubles in a run with two down in the 4th to get the Nats on the board and in the lead (+13.9%).
  • Two-out rally is best rally: Anthony Rendon (+21.6%) smacks a two-run bomb to left center after Murphy’s hit (+18.4%).
  • Junk time is best time: Ryan Raburn (+0.9%) crushes a solo shot out to left-center to lead off the 7th (+4.7%).
  • Not-an-all-star cashes in all the all-stars: Rendon jacks a no-doubt grand slam out to left center with one out in the 7th to pad his stats but good (+0.9%).
  • Not to belabor this, but NOT an all-star: In addition to the dingers mentioned above, Rendon is 3-3 on the night with a pair of walks.
  • No meltdown, no shutdown: Trevor Gott (-4.2%) gives up 5 runs in the 9th without getting an out, but then Matt Grace (+3.8%) gets three quick outs to end it.