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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 161

The eight-game Superhero streak for Jon Lester comes to an end as he allows five runs in his final start of the regular season to take the top spot of the Goats in the Cubs' 7-4 loss on Saturday.

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Here's to the next thousand!

Graphs for Game 161 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 161 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 161:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

P Strop

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.37

.028

A Chapman

1

1

0

0

1

2

0.14

.006

H Rondon

1

3

0

2

1

1

0.38

-.075

J Lester

5

6

1

5

3

6

0.83

-.267

Total

8

10

1

7

5

9

0.62

-.307

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Heyward

3

1

1

0

2

1

2

0.74

.143

D Fowler

3

0

2

0

0

1

0

0.84

.108

A Rizzo

4

1

2

0

0

0

1

1.11

.023

J Lester

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.74

.022

M Kawasaki

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.14

-.004

T La Stella

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.39

-.010

C Coghlan

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.9

-.022

J Baez

4

0

1

0

1

0

1

1.01

-.032

A Russell

3

1

0

0

0

1

2

0.81

-.053

D Ross

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.15

-.087

B Zobrist

4

1

1

1

1

0

0

1.61

-.134

K Bryant

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.53

-.147

Total

33

4

8

1

4

3

9

1.02

-.193

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 Game 161: With a runner on second and nobody out in the bottom of the second, Eugenio Suarez sends one over the fence in the right-field corner for a two-run homer to extend the Reds' lead to 3-0. WPA impact: -.114.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Jason Heyward (.143). Please, Jason, if you do play in the regular season finale, please just don't end up in either of the top two spots of the Goat podium. I really want to throw away the key to the minus-50 club, but I can't do it just yet. Help me, Jason... you're my only hope.
  • Hero - Dexter Fowler (.108). Despite his two singles and a stolen base, it was actually his walk in the fifth that was his most pivotal moment in the game.
  • Sidekick - Pedro Strop (.028). It wasn't the scoreless seventh this time; Pedro just wanted to up the ante a bit, so he went with the scoreless sixth instead.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jon Lester (-.267 / -.245). It's been quite a while since Lester had a game where his WPA ended up below -.250; in fact, you have to go back to July 3 to find the last time that it happened.
  • Goat - Kris Bryant (-.147). The lone 0-for-4 on the day including a flyout to center with two on in the fifth.
  • Kid - Ben Zobrist (-.134). He was looking like a shoo-in for the second step after his bases-loaded lineout to right to end the fifth, but his solo shot in the eighth ended up being just enough to push him down to the final step.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 161: Despite the loss, Lester still keeps his membership for the plus-50 club and takes the top spot of the chart without a challenge from the rest of the pack.

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

Dexter Fowler

4

12.5

14.5

51.5

Kyle Hendricks

12

6

3

51

Jake Arrieta

13.5

2.5

1

46.5

Jason Heyward

5

9

7

40

Javier Baez

5

7

8

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

3

10

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

Kris Bryant

15.5

16.5

11

90.5

Jason Heyward

16

15

10.5

88.5

Ben Zobrist

9.5

14.5

14

71.5

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

Jon Lester

4

1

1

15

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

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

15

51.5

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

Dexter Fowler

51.5

59

-7.5

Justin Grimm

8.5

16

-7.5

Willson Contreras

24

32.5

-8.5

Jorge Soler

28

39

-11

Pedro Strop

10

21

-11

Ben Zobrist

59

71.5

-12.5

Matt Szczur

12

24.5

-12.5

Kris Bryant

76.5

90.5

-14

Addison Russell

73

92.5

-19.5

Javier Baez

37

56.5

-19.5

Jason Heyward

40

88.5

-48.5