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…