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Nationals/Cardinals NLDS Game 1 Recap: Nat Gio World.

Highest WPA: Tyler Moore, .466
Lowest WPA: Danny Espinosa, -.246

Good news if you’re a Nats fan: the team that wins game 1 of a division series goes on to win the series 70% of the time. Or something. That’s just a little stat that I picked up while filtering through all the rage about this awful, awful division series format on the Internet this afternoon. Also, better news: the Nats won this afternoon. Forgot to mention that, wasn’t sure it was implied. Gio Gonzalez didn’t make it easy for Nationals rooters, as he walked seven batters, including four in the second inning, where the two Cardinal runs scored. However, the Cardinals’ offense failed to achieve a “big” inning and those two runs had to hold up until the eighth, where an error and a few weak liners put the Nationals back on top for good. While there was tense moment or two as Tyler Clippard allowed a runner into scoring position in the bottom of the inning, the Nationals’ bullpen held the fort and Washington took the first game on the road, guaranteeing them home-field advantage for the rest of the series (even though they’re the higher-seeded team) if they should lose game 2.

A good day for Beltway baseball. Does “Beltway baseball” sound clever? Wanna end this on a high note.

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  1. October 7, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Would have been better to save it for after the Orioles game, assuming it ever happens.

  2. October 7, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    This is the postseason, can’t worry about tomorrow.

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