Nats Recaps: Doghouse's WPA Posts + More
Washington, D.C. resident Doghouse takes a look at how each game was decided, play-by-play, pitch-by pitch
Scherzer was a bit wobbly, for him, but he got a Joe Ross level of run support with a record(s) number(s) of dinger(s).
Gio put together his umpteenth solid start of the year, despite some clowniness behind him, and the Nats’ bats came alive in the majik aeyth.
Gio struggled on the mound and the rest of the Nats did nothing at the plate and it was like 2009 all over again, man.
Edwin Jackson puts up a quality start in his triumphant return, while the new bullpen pieces are effective, and Bam Bam hits all the baseballs.
Roark overcomes clowny fielding and umpiring to put up a good start, while the dingers rain (from the Nats, to be specific).
Scherzer is pretty okay, but it’s not like he’s Gio. Rendon is also quite good at baseball.
Gio gets 25 outs and allows no runs, and his fellow Nats oblige with run support and some big ol’ Bryce bombs.
Scherzer pitched a pretty good game, but hung-over Nats can’t hit that much, and a bleary-eyed bullpen is similarly unhelpful.
Joe fights the hitters instead of himself, putting in his best start of the year in spite of the anemic (for him) run support.
Pitching was sufficient, because the bats were ridonkulus.
Ross got lit up, and they’re turning Fedde into a reliever? AL ball is soooo boring!
Max went the distance, Zim went yard, and that’s all she wrote.
Roark had a nice bounce-back outing, but Rendon continues to rawk, and the bullpen was refreshingly uninteresting.
You know, I’m kind of surprised Oliver Perez doesn’t have more balks.
Gio worked out of his jams and the dingers should have been sufficient, but the “A” bullpen was anything but...
Roark struggled a bit, but the bullpen was decent, and then Bam-Bam got the walk-off dinger.
Strasburg struggled a bit, but the big story was the dramatic 9th-inning comeback.
Game 33 WPA: Let every reliever have a chance to fail. Nats lose 5-4 to Os in another late bullpen collapse, waste Scherzer gem.
Max pitched a pretty good one, and the Nats got a few big hits, but not enough to hold off the now-apparently-inevitable bullpen problems.
Gio dug a big hole early, dug some more later, and the rest of the Nats didn’t do enough to fill it in.
Stras was a bit shaky and the bullpen was uneven, but there were enough dingers to get the W.
Max pitched well and helped himself at the plate, while the Nats managed not to leave EVERY runner on base.
The Nats racked up a franchise-record 11 runs in one inning. That’s good times.
Roark looked a little shaky there at the end, but the bullpen didn’t let it get away, and the Nats kept tallying runs.
Trea hit for the cycle for the first time since teh Gooz did it in 2008.
(Jacob) Turner did yoeman work in his spot start, but the bullpen couldn’t hold it.
Game 18 WPA: Cleaning up. Nats beat Mets 6-3 to sweep series on Murphy slam, 8-inning Scherzer outing
Max pitched well, gopher balls aside, and Murphy returned to his hitting ways.
Gio had a solid outing, the bullpen was (again?!) nails, and Turner got right back into it.
Roark had a decent outing, but the relief work was sharp tonight, and some patient Nats help win it in extras.
Stras was solid, Zim looked vintage, and there were nifty defensive plays across the outfield.
Game 14 WPA: Extra salami. Nats deliver 14-4 pummeling with barrage of grand-slam home runs, endless hits
Ross had a pretty nice 2017 debut, but the story of this game was TEH SLAMZ!