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In a game that had many hitting candidates for the top spot of the Goat podium, it was Dexter Fowler's strikeout to start the ninth that ended up pushing him to the front in the Cubs' 1-0 loss on Sunday night.

Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

On the lighter side...

Graphs for NLCS Game 2 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 168 Chart 2016

Stats for NLCS Game 2:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

C Edwards Jr.

0.2

0

0

0

0

0

2.04

.091

K Hendricks

5.1

3

1

1

4

5

0.81

.087

M Montgomery

1

0

0

0

2

1

1.39

.052

P Strop

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.89

.048

A Chapman

1

0

0

0

1

0

0.92

.035

Total

9

3

1

1

7

6

0.94

.313

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

1.15

.010

K Hendricks

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.48

-.012

M Montero

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.22

-.031

J Soler

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.58

-.039

J Baez

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.97

-.043

W Contreras

3

0

1

0

0

0

2

1.6

-.058

A Russell

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.42

-.101

K Bryant

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.18

-.116

J Heyward

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.73

-.128

B Zobrist

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.84

-.130

D Fowler

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.65

-.164

Total

29

0

2

0

0

1

10

1.4

-.813

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 Gonzalez Mishap of NLCS Game 2: In what turns out to be the only run of the game, Adrian Gonzalez leads off the bottom of the second inning with a home run to left-center to put the Dodgers ahead 1-0. WPA impact: -.110.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Carl Edwards Jr. (.091). There's a huge assist due to Javier Baez for this podium spot for his heads-up play on a soft liner that he turned into a double play to end a potential threat in the sixth.
  • Hero - Kyle Hendricks (.087 / .075). He only made the one mistake, but he also did find himself in a lot of deep counts over the course of the game.
  • Sidekick - Mike Montgomery (.052). It wasn't clean, but once again the scoreless seventh takes the final podium spot.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Dexter Fowler (-.164). It's the curse of the leadoff hitter in a close game; all four of his plate appearances came with the bases empty, but he ended up taking the top spot due in large part to his strikeout for the first out of the ninth.
  • Goat - Ben Zobrist (-.130). His opportunity came in the seventh with nobody out and Anthony Rizzo on first, but struck out looking.
  • Kid - Jason Heyward (-.128). Had perhaps the biggest chance of the evening with two on and two out in the fifth, but popped out to third to end the inning.

RANKINGS THROUGH NLCS GAME 2:

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Javier Baez

1

1

0

5

Jon Lester

1

1

0

5

Kris Bryant

1

0

1

4

Travis Wood

1

0

0

3

Miguel Montero

1

0

0

3

Carl Edwards Jr.

1

0

0

3

Willson Contreras

0

1

1

3

Ben Zobrist

0

1

0

2

Jake Arrieta

0

1

0

2

Kyle Hendricks

0

1

0

2

Aroldis Chapman

0

0

2

2

Mike Montgomery

0

0

2

2

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

1

1

2

7

Addison Russell

0

3

0

6

Ben Zobrist

1

1

0

5

Aroldis Chapman

1

0

0

3

John Lackey

1

0

0

3

Pedro Strop

1

0

0

3

Dexter Fowler

1

0

0

3

David Ross

0

1

0

2

Jason Heyward

0

0

2

2

Justin Grimm

0

0

1

1

Kris Bryant

0

0

0.5

0.5

Miguel Montero

0

0

0.5

0.5

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

pWPA

Jon Lester

5

0

5

0.754

Javier Baez

5

0

5

0.659

Kris Bryant

4

0.5

3.5

0.503

Willson Contreras

3

0

3

0.288

Carl Edwards Jr.

3

0

3

0.091

Travis Wood

3

0

3

0.070

Miguel Montero

3

0.5

2.5

0.348

Mike Montgomery

2

0

2

0.130

Jake Arrieta

2

0

2

0.105

Kyle Hendricks

2

0

2

0.087

Aroldis Chapman

2

3

-1

-0.139

Justin Grimm

0

1

-1

-0.083

David Ross

0

2

-2

-0.199

Jason Heyward

0

2

-2

-0.204

Ben Zobrist

2

5

-3

-0.159

Dexter Fowler

0

3

-3

-0.164

John Lackey

0

3

-3

-0.223

Pedro Strop

0

3

-3

-0.251

Addison Russell

0

6

-6

-0.286

Anthony Rizzo

0

7

-7

-0.399