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Cubs Heroes and Goats: NLCS Game 5

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Jon Lester comes up big once again, gutting out seven innings of one-run ball to pick up his second Superhero of the postseason in the Cubs' 8-4 win.

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The eighth inning in a nutshell:

One win to go.

Graphs for NLCS Game 5 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 171 Chart 2016

Stats for NLCS Game 5:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lester

7

5

0

1

1

6

1.15

.263

A Chapman

1

2

0

2

1

0

0.23

.002

P Strop

1

2

0

1

0

0

0.11

.001

Total

9

9

0

4

2

6

0.86

.267

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Russell

5

2

2

1

2

0

2

1.01

.202

J Baez

5

1

3

0

3

0

1

1.27

.122

A Rizzo

5

0

2

0

1

0

1

0.82

.072

W Contreras

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.34

.023

D Ross

2

0

1

0

0

1

0

0.97

.009

K Bryant

5

1

2

0

1

0

2

0.84

.008

A Almora

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.39

.002

D Fowler

5

2

2

0

1

0

0

0.89

.000

B Zobrist

2

1

0

0

0

3

1

0.81

-.016

J Lester

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.2

-.089

J Heyward

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.13

-.101

Total

39

8

13

1

8

4

9

0.94

.233

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 5: With one on and one out in the top of the sixth, Addison Russell breaks a 1-1 tie by taking a Joe Blanton slider deep into center field to give the Cubs a 3-1 lead. WPA impact: +.256.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Jon Lester (.263 / .174). He's come up huge so far this postseason: three starts, 21 innings pitched, two earned runs allowed, Game Scores of 77, 73, and 62. That's called getting it done.
  • Hero - Addison Russell (.202). Man, that homer was a massive lift for him in this game; he'd struck out on a large serving of sliders in his first two plate appearances before breaking out with the big lumber in the sixth.
  • Sidekick - Javier Baez (.122). What else can you say about him; another fantastic night both at the plate (3-for-5, three RBI) and in the field, including a superb barehanded play on an Adrian Gonzalez bunt attempt in the seventh.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jason Heyward (-.101). There's no sugar-coating it; Heyward had an absolutely miserable night at the plate. Five plate appearances with a runner in scoring position, two bad strikeouts -- I mean, really ugly bad -- and two popouts.
  • Goat - Ben Zobrist (-.016). Drew three walks in the game but was done in by a hard liner to end the fifth that was caught on the run by Yasiel Puig.
  • Kid - Dexter Fowler (.000). It's two tough-luck Goats in a row for Fowler, who reaches the podium on consecutive days with a 2-for-5 performance in each game and a combined WPA in the two games of -.001.

RANKINGS THROUGH NLCS GAME 5:

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Jon Lester

2

1

0

8

Javier Baez

1

1

2

7

Kris Bryant

1

1

1

6

Willson Contreras

1

1

1

6

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

Addison Russell

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

Jason Heyward

2

0

2

8

Addison Russell

0

4

0

8

Ben Zobrist

1

2

0

7

Anthony Rizzo

1

1

2

7

Dexter Fowler

1

1

1

6

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

Jon Lester

8

0

8

1.017

Javier Baez

7

0

7

0.880

Willson Contreras

6

0

6

0.491

Kris Bryant

6

0.5

5.5

0.518

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

Pedro Strop

0

3

-3

-0.251

Anthony Rizzo

3

7

-4

-0.331

Ben Zobrist

2

7

-5

-0.175

Addison Russell

2

8

-6

-0.189

Dexter Fowler

0

6

-6

-0.165

Jason Heyward

0

8

-8

-0.346