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Astros allergy to .500 baseball continues: Nationals 13 - Astros 2

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The suggestion from the game thread, I think, rings true: this is likely one of those outlier games of which little can be made of.  To say that our pitching simply just didn't have it is a mild understatement and the same could easily be said of our offense.

Rather than lament our chance to pull out a victory and move into the yet to be reached mantle of a winning baseball team in 2009, I'll just let the WPA graph do all the talking for a game that simply makes you simultaneously scratch your head and consider beating it against a wall a few times to jar the image of back-to-back-to-back homeruns:

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via www.fangraphs.com

Of course, even if we do write this one off as "that's baseball," the loss is not without its repercussions:


NL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
St. Louis 48 41 .539 0 Lost 1
Milwaukee 44 42 .511 2.5 Lost 2
Chicago 42 42 .500 3.5 Won 1
Houston 43 44 .494 4 Lost 1
Cincinnati 42 44 .488 4.5 Lost 1
Pittsburgh 38 48 .441 8.5 Lost 2

(updated 7.11.2009 at 9:09 PM CDT)


And that, to me, is what hurts the most about this loss.

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