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Cubs Heroes and Goats: NLDS Game 1

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In a battle of badly-timed double plays, Anthony Rizzo edges just ahead of Kris Bryant to take the top of the Goat podium in Game 1.

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In case you were watching the game at home and were wondering whether or not the pitch graphic on the screen was accurate when it came to the wide strikes... yes, the strike zone against righties was definitely wide. But at least it was consistent in its width, though:

RH Strike Zone Game 1

Gotta love those offset camera angles on television.

Graphs for NLDS Game 1 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 164 Chart 2015

Stats for NLDS Game 1:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lester

7.1

5

1

3

1

9

0.71

.107

P Strop

0.2

1

1

1

0

0

0.15

-.041

Total

8

6

2

4

1

9

0.65

.066

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Schwarber

3

0

2

0

0

1

0

0.81

.097

A Russell

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.37

.040

J Soler

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.14

.008

C Denorfia

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.3

-.007

C Coghlan

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.83

-.060

J Lester

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.29

-.062

D Ross

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.62

-.073

S Castro

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.23

-.089

D Fowler

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.16

-.118

K Bryant

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.32

-.149

A Rizzo

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.53

-.152

Total

28

0

3

0

0

2

10

1.15

-.566

Writer's Note: The daily selections of the three Heroes and three Goats are based solely on the top three and bottom three WPA scores for the game. The selections are not based on my subjective opinion.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Jon Lester (.107). I honestly thought that the homer to Tommy Pham in the eighth was going to knock him out of the top spot, but he was able to hang on to it nonetheless. And honestly, you can't ask for much more out of a Game 1 performance than what he gave without being excessively greedy.
  • Hero - Kyle Schwarber (.097). Two games in the playoffs and two second steps on the Heroes. That's a very nice start.
  • Sidekick - Addison Russell (.040). He had the only other hit on the night, so it's pretty much his step by default.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Anthony Rizzo (-.152). Now I know what the Pirates felt like in the Wild Card game: very few opportunities arose and when they did they were shut down by double plays, with a big one coming here...
  • Goat - Kris Bryant (-.149). ...and another big one coming here.
  • Kid - Dexter Fowler (-.118). Three more feet and the tone of the game would have been completely different, but his long fly to right came up just short.
Time for Game 2. Let's hope that Kyle Hendricks can keep that groundball magic working one more time.