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Cubs Heroes and Goats: NLCS Game 1

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The offense may have once again not been able to figure out Matt Harvey, but the four runs given up by Jon Lester put him at the top of the Goat podium for Game 1.

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Well, the Cubs lost Game 1 of the NLDS and came back to win that series... will the same happen again in the NLCS?

Graphs for NLCS Game 1 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 168 Chart 2015

Stats for NLCS Game 1:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T Cahill

0.2

0

0

0

0

1

0.1

.005

C Richard

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

0.17

.004

J Grimm

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

0.07

.002

J Lester

6.2

8

2

4

1

5

0.86

-.225

Total

8

8

2

4

1

6

0.77

-.214

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

S Castro

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

1.67

.103

A Rizzo

2

1

0

0

0

1

0

1.15

.064

M Montero

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.34

.020

D Ross

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

1.36

-.002

K Bryant

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.48

-.017

C Coghlan

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.73

-.017

K Schwarber

4

1

1

1

1

0

1

0.64

-.021

J Soler

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

1.18

-.026

J Lester

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.5

-.076

T La Stella

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.78

-.088

D Fowler

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.98

-.092

J Baez

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.79

-.133

Total

31

2

5

1

2

3

10

1.16

-.286

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 - Starlin Castro (.103). Gave the Cubs a huge boost with his run-scoring double in the fifth, but might have given it right back on the single that followed.
  • Hero - Anthony Rizzo (.064). Setting the table by getting plunked may not be advisable, but it worked in this case.
  • Sidekick - Miguel Montero (.020). Provided one last chance in the ninth with his two-out single, but nothing came of it.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jon Lester (-.225). A victim of bad momentum and bad run support in the early innings combined with running out of gas in the later ones.
  • Goat - Javier Baez (-.133). Part of it was the single in the fifth where Castro was thrown out at home, but just as big of a part of it was his strikeout in the seventh with two on.
  • Kid - Dexter Fowler (-.092). Couldn't find his way on base, even when he drilled one off of Matt Harvey.
CURRENT PLAYOFF TOTALS:

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Jorge Soler

1

1

0

5

Kyle Schwarber

0

2

1

5

Starlin Castro

1

0

1

4

Anthony Rizzo

0

2

0

4

Jake Arrieta

1

0

0

3

Javier Baez

1

0

0

3

Jon Lester

1

0

0

3

Kris Bryant

1

0

0

3

Travis Wood

0

1

0

2

Dexter Fowler

0

0

2

2

Addison Russell

0

0

1

1

Miguel Montero

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Kris Bryant

1

2

0

7

Anthony Rizzo

1

0

2

5

Dexter Fowler

0

1

2

4

Jake Arrieta

1

0

0

3

Jon Lester

1

0

0

3

Kyle Hendricks

1

0

0

3

Trevor Cahill

1

0

0

3

Jason Hammel

0

1

0

2

Javier Baez

0

1

0

2

Starlin Castro

0

1

0

2

Miguel Montero

0

0

1

1

Tommy La Stella

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Jorge Soler

5

0

5

Kyle Schwarber

5

0

5

Starlin Castro

4

2

2

Travis Wood

2

0

2

Javier Baez

3

2

1

Addison Russell

1

0

1

Jake Arrieta

3

3

0

Jon Lester

3

3

0

Miguel Montero

1

1

0

Anthony Rizzo

4

5

-1

Tommy La Stella

0

1

-1

Dexter Fowler

2

4

-2

Jason Hammel

0

2

-2

Kyle Hendricks

0

3

-3

Trevor Cahill

0

3

-3

Kris Bryant

3

7

-4