May 8, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) receives congratulations from Washington Nationals third base coach Bo Porter (16) after LaRoche hit a two run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Nationals Top 10 Hits of 2012: #2 Adam LaRoche


There were a lot of big hits this year for the Washington Nationals and there were a lot of big wins. This list is sorted by WPA which is Win Probability Added. It means that Jayson Werth‘s walk-off homerun in Game Four of the NLDS is not in the Top 10 because it was a tie game in the bottom of the inning meaning the swing of WPA was not big enough. This list is for games where Washington went from a low chance of winning to a high chance.

Next up is Number 2.

Adam LaRoche: May 8 vs Pittsburgh

The situation: 3-2 Pirates, Top 9, Runner on 1st
Pitcher: Joel Hanrahan

The result: +0.59

LaRoche’s home run was, believe it or not, in a losing effort as Rod Barajas would hit a walk-off shot in the bottom of the inning. However, this is what this list is about, going from a low chance of winning to a high chance. In fact the only way this could have swung the game more is if it was to win the game in a walk-off, which transitions to Number One…

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