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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 160

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Making his first start in over two years, it was the five scoreless innings from Jake Buchanan that led him to not only his first ever podium appearance, but also the top of the Heroes in the Cubs' 7-3 win on Friday.

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Two homers in 30 seconds! That's called efficiency.

Graphs for Game 160 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 160 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 160:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Buchanan

5

2

0

0

1

3

1

.287

J Smith

1

1

0

0

0

1

1.14

.080

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

0

2

0.09

.007

C Edwards Jr.

1

1

1

2

0

2

0.19

.003

T Cahill

1

1

0

1

0

0

1.39

-.051

Total

9

5

1

3

1

8

0.87

.326

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

B Zobrist

4

3

3

2

3

0

0

0.82

.212

D Fowler

2

1

0

0

0

2

0

1.04

.062

A Russell

3

0

1

0

1

1

0

0.69

.050

T La Stella

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.45

.018

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.01

.000

M Montero

3

1

1

0

0

1

1

0.64

-.004

K Bryant

4

1

1

0

1

0

0

0.97

-.009

J Buchanan

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.46

-.012

J Baez

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.25

-.013

A Rizzo

4

1

1

0

2

0

1

0.79

-.021

J Heyward

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.71

-.049

C Coghlan

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.58

-.061

Total

33

7

8

2

7

4

4

0.76

.174

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 Ramirez Catalyst of Game 160: With the game still scoreless -- and with the Cubs still hitless -- heading into the top of the fifth, Ben Zobrist starts the inning with his 16th home run of the season, this one to right field to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. WPA impact: +.142.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Jake Buchanan (.287 / .275). Remember all of those times that the Cubs would be facing a new starter and were doomed seemingly every time that it happened? It's kind of nice seeing it go the other way once in a while, isn't it?
  • Hero - Ben Zobrist (.212). Why hit just one homer to right when you can hit a second one for the same price?
  • Sidekick - Joe Smith (.080). And once again, the scoreless seventh is good for the final spot of the podium. People are going to start petitioning to pitch this inning if this trend keeps up.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Chris Coghlan (-.061). He had one chance with a runner in scoring position and grounded out on a hard hit to short; aside from that, there weren't any major opportunities for him in this one.
  • Goat - Trevor Cahill (-.051). Only gave up a double in his inning of work but it ended up scoring as a result of a wild pitch and a groundout afterward.
  • Kid - Jason Heyward (-.049). He's still got a chance to get himself back out of the minus-50 club, but he's going to need one appearance on one of the top two steps of the Hero podium to do it.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 160: All of the action aside from Buchanan once again occurs on the bottom side of the chart, with Smith doing his best to make it back to even ground before the regular season ends.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

15

21.5

12

100

Kris Bryant

9.5

16.5

15

76.5

Addison Russell

12

11

15

73

Jon Lester

19

3.5

2.5

66.5

Ben Zobrist

9

9

14

59

Kyle Hendricks

12

6

3

51

Dexter Fowler

4

11.5

14.5

49.5

Jake Arrieta

13.5

2.5

1

46.5

Javier Baez

5

7

8

37

Jason Heyward

4

9

7

37

Jason Hammel

9

2

5

36

Miguel Montero

6.5

5

3.5

33

John Lackey

8

2

2

30

Jorge Soler

4

4

8

28

Willson Contreras

5

3

3

24

Travis Wood

4

4

2

22

Tommy La Stella

3

4

4.5

21.5

David Ross

2

6

3.5

21.5

Hector Rondon

2.5

3.5

6

20.5

Matt Szczur

2

2

2

12

Adam Warren

1

3.5

1.5

11.5

Trevor Cahill

1

3

2.5

11.5

Chris Coghlan

2

2

1

11

Pedro Strop

1

2

2

9

Justin Grimm

0

1.5

5.5

8.5

Albert Almora Jr.

2

1

0

8

Carl Edwards Jr.

0

3

2

8

Rob Zastryzny

2

0

1.5

7.5

Aroldis Chapman

0

2

2.5

6.5

Mike Montgomery

1

1

1

6

Joe Smith

0

1

4

6

Jake Buchanan

1

0

0

3

Clayton Richard

0

1

1

3

Felix Pena

0

1

0.5

2.5

Jeimer Candelario

0

1

0

2

Joel Peralta

0

1

0

2

Munenori Kawasaki

0

1

0

2

Ryan Kalish

0

1

0

2

Tim Federowicz

0

1

0

2

Spencer Patton

0

0

1.5

1.5

Gerardo Concepcion

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Addison Russell

15

15

17.5

92.5

Jason Heyward

16

15

10.5

88.5

Kris Bryant

15.5

15.5

11

88.5

Ben Zobrist

9.5

14.5

13

70.5

Anthony Rizzo

7

18

7.5

64.5

Dexter Fowler

12

8

7

59

Javier Baez

8

9

14.5

56.5

Jorge Soler

6

5

11

39

Willson Contreras

4.5

6.5

6

32.5

Miguel Montero

3

8

4

29

Matt Szczur

1.5

5.5

9

24.5

Jason Hammel

6

2

2

24

David Ross

3

4

6.5

23.5

Travis Wood

5

1

5

22

Pedro Strop

4

4

1

21

John Lackey

5

1

3

20

Jake Arrieta

5

1

2

19

Adam Warren

4

2

0

16

Justin Grimm

4

1

2

16

Trevor Cahill

2

4

1

15

Albert Almora Jr.

2

2

5

15

Hector Rondon

3

2

1

14

Tommy La Stella

2

1

6

14

Chris Coghlan

2

2

3.5

13.5

Jon Lester

3

1

1

12

Kyle Hendricks

2

2

1

11

Mike Montgomery

2

1

1

9

Carl Edwards Jr.

1

2

1

8

Joe Smith

1

2

0

7

Aroldis Chapman

2

0

0

6

Clayton Richard

1

0

3

6

Tim Federowicz

1

0

1

4

Jeimer Candelario

0

2

0

4

Brian Matusz

1

0

0

3

Joel Peralta

1

0

0

3

Gerardo Concepcion

0

1

0

2

Rob Zastryzny

0

1

0

2

Spencer Patton

0

1

0

2

Kyle Schwarber

0

0

1

1

Munenori Kawasaki

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Jon Lester

66.5

12

54.5

Kyle Hendricks

51

11

40

Anthony Rizzo

100

64.5

35.5

Jake Arrieta

46.5

19

27.5

Jason Hammel

36

24

12

John Lackey

30

20

10

Tommy La Stella

21.5

14

7.5

Hector Rondon

20.5

14

6.5

Rob Zastryzny

7.5

2

5.5

Miguel Montero

33

29

4

Jake Buchanan

3

0

3

Felix Pena

2.5

0

2.5

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Munenori Kawasaki

2

1

1

Aroldis Chapman

6.5

6

0.5

Travis Wood

22

22

0

Carl Edwards Jr.

8

8

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Spencer Patton

1.5

2

-0.5

Joe Smith

6

7

-1

Joel Peralta

2

3

-1

Gerardo Concepcion

1

2

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

David Ross

21.5

23.5

-2

Jeimer Candelario

2

4

-2

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Chris Coghlan

11

13.5

-2.5

Mike Montgomery

6

9

-3

Clayton Richard

3

6

-3

Brian Matusz

0

3

-3

Trevor Cahill

11.5

15

-3.5

Adam Warren

11.5

16

-4.5

Albert Almora Jr.

8

15

-7

Justin Grimm

8.5

16

-7.5

Willson Contreras

24

32.5

-8.5

Dexter Fowler

49.5

59

-9.5

Jorge Soler

28

39

-11

Ben Zobrist

59

70.5

-11.5

Kris Bryant

76.5

88.5

-12

Pedro Strop

9

21

-12

Matt Szczur

12

24.5

-12.5

Addison Russell

73

92.5

-19.5

Javier Baez

37

56.5

-19.5

Jason Heyward

37

88.5

-51.5