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Cubs Heroes and Goats: NLCS Game 4

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The Cubs' offense came back to life in spectacular fashion on Wednesday night, with Willson Contreras' run-scoring single breaking the ice and earning him top Hero honors in the Cubs' 10-2 win.

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In the midst of all of the offense, one of the cooler moments from Game 4...

Graphs for NLCS Game 4 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 170 Chart 2016

Stats for NLCS Game 4:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lackey

4

3

0

2

3

3

0.89

.119

M Montgomery

2

2

0

0

0

2

1.3

.004

C Edwards Jr.

0.2

0

0

0

1

1

0.03

.001

P Strop

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.02

.001

T Wood

0.1

0

0

0

1

0

0.05

.001

H Rondon

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.01

.000

Total

9

6

0

2

5

8

0.71

.126

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

W Contreras

5

1

1

0

1

0

2

0.75

.203

J Baez

3

1

1

0

1

1

0

0.56

.099

A Russell

5

2

3

1

2

0

0

0.65

.071

A Rizzo

5

2

3

1

3

0

2

0.43

.027

B Zobrist

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0.46

.023

M Montgomery

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.52

.020

K Bryant

2

1

0

0

0

2

1

0.38

.002

A Almora

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

J Soler

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

D Fowler

5

1

2

0

1

0

0

0.51

-.001

J Lackey

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.6

-.029

J Heyward

5

0

0

0

1

0

2

0.78

-.041

Total

40

10

13

2

9

3

8

0.54

.374

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 NLCS Game 4: With two on and nobody out in the top of the fourth, the Cubs get on the board first as Willson Contreras drops a single into left field to score Ben Zobrist, with a wild throw home by Andrew Toles allowing Contreras to move to second. WPA impact: +.166.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Willson Contreras (.203). Gained the rest of his ground in the second inning on a hard grounder to short that was nabbed by a diving Corey Seager, which was followed by Chase Utley dropping Seager's throw to second on a force attempt.
  • Hero - John Lackey (.119 / .090). Wiggled his way out of a couple of early situations with a runner on second -- one thanks to a heads-up throw by Contreras to pick off Justin Turner at second base -- but there was no cushion to be given to him after walking the first two batters to start the fifth with the Cubs holding a 5-0 lead.
  • Sidekick - Javier Baez (.099). Made his first two plate appearances both count by drawing a walk in the second and hitting a single in the fourth to set the table for Contreras.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jason Heyward (-.041). You know, it may have been yet another grounder to second by Heyward in the fourth inning, but the fact that it also gave the Cubs their second run was pretty big in my book. Unfortunately for him, his 0-for-5 night still ended up putting him at the top without much of a fight.
  • Goat - Dexter Fowler (-.001). Definitely a tough-luck podium spot for Fowler, who had a 2-for-5 night but unfortunately got both of his hits after the Cubs had built at least a three-run lead.
  • Kid - Albert Almora Jr. (.000). Just to make the tough luck even tougher, there was a three-way tie at zero for the final podium spot which I ended up giving to Almora by executive decision, and it's only because his flyout came with a runner on base while Jorge Soler had a groundout with the bases empty. Hector Rondon was the other candidate, but his scoreless ninth inning would have been worth a positive benefit if the score were closer than eight runs.

RANKINGS THROUGH NLCS GAME 4:

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Kris Bryant

1

1

1

6

Javier Baez

1

1

1

6

Willson Contreras

1

1

1

6

Jon Lester

1

1

0

5

Travis Wood

1

0

0

3

Miguel Montero

1

0

0

3

Carl Edwards Jr.

1

0

0

3

Anthony Rizzo

1

0

0

3

Ben Zobrist

0

1

0

2

Jake Arrieta

0

1

0

2

Kyle Hendricks

0

1

0

2

John Lackey

0

1

0

2

Aroldis Chapman

0

0

2

2

Mike Montgomery

0

0

2

2

Justin Grimm

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Addison Russell

0

4

0

8

Anthony Rizzo

1

1

2

7

Ben Zobrist

1

1

0

5

Dexter Fowler

1

1

0

5

Jason Heyward

1

0

2

5

Aroldis Chapman

1

0

0

3

John Lackey

1

0

0

3

Pedro Strop

1

0

0

3

Jake Arrieta

1

0

0

3

David Ross

0

1

0

2

Miguel Montero

0

0

1.5

1.5

Justin Grimm

0

0

1

1

Albert Almora Jr.

0

0

1

1

Kris Bryant

0

0

0.5

0.5

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

pWPA

Javier Baez

6

0

6

0.758

Willson Contreras

6

0

6

0.491

Kris Bryant

6

0.5

5.5

0.518

Jon Lester

5

0

5

0.754

Carl Edwards Jr.

3

0

3

0.091

Travis Wood

3

0

3

0.070

Mike Montgomery

2

0

2

0.130

Kyle Hendricks

2

0

2

0.087

Miguel Montero

3

1.5

1.5

0.273

Justin Grimm

1

1

0

-0.072

Jake Arrieta

2

3

-1

-0.070

John Lackey

2

3

-1

-0.104

Aroldis Chapman

2

3

-1

-0.139

Albert Almora Jr.

0

1

-1

0.000

David Ross

0

2

-2

-0.199

Ben Zobrist

2

5

-3

-0.159

Pedro Strop

0

3

-3

-0.251

Anthony Rizzo

3

7

-4

-0.331

Dexter Fowler

0

5

-5

-0.165

Jason Heyward

0

5

-5

-0.245

Addison Russell

0

8

-8

-0.391