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Cubs Heroes and Goats: World Series Game 1

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A hitless night for Addison Russell -- combined with a big missed opportunity in the seventh inning -- landed him on the top spot of the Goats in the Cubs' 6-0 loss on Tuesday night.

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Yet another reason to love Grandpa Rossy.

Also, don't forget to tune in an hour earlier for Game 2 on Wednesday:

Graphs for World Series Game 1 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 173 Chart 2016

Stats for World Series Game 1:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

P Strop

0.2

0

0

0

0

1

0.3

.017

T Wood

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

0.15

.004

J Grimm

1

2

0

2

1

1

0.12

.003

H Rondon

0.1

2

1

1

0

0

0.08

-.024

J Lester

5.2

6

1

3

3

7

0.77

-.124

Total

8

10

2

6

4

9

0.58

-.124

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

B Zobrist

4

0

3

0

0

0

0

0.77

.111

J Baez

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

1.31

.036

K Schwarber

3

0

1

0

0

1

2

1.25

.011

M Montero

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.02

.000

K Bryant

3

0

0

0

0

1

2

0.64

-.028

C Coghlan

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

-.053

D Ross

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.42

-.064

A Rizzo

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.71

-.071

W Contreras

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.92

-.093

D Fowler

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.97

-.096

A Russell

4

0

0

0

0

0

3

1.33

-.128

Total

34

0

7

0

0

2

15

1.06

-.376

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 World Series Game 1: With the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the first, Jose Ramirez hits a squibber toward third base for an infield single, scoring Francisco Lindor and giving the Indians the early 1-0 lead. WPA impact: -.098.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Ben Zobrist (.111). The king of table-setting in Game 1, racking up three of the Cubs' six hits with a double (.062 WPA) and two singles.
  • Hero - Javier Baez (.037). It was looking like a one-way ticket to the Goat podium for Baez before his single in the seventh (.107 WPA) to load the bases with nobody out.
  • Sidekick - Pedro Strop (.017). Landed the final spot on the Heroes with the two outs that he recorded to end the sixth and start the seventh, which ended up being just enough to edge out...
  • Honorable Mention - Kyle Schwarber (.011). ...who had a nice first day back at the office, booming a double off of the wall in right field in the fourth and drawing a walk off of Andrew Miller in the seventh. His two strikeouts ended up killing his podium chances, though (-.085 WPA), primarily because both of them came with runners in scoring position.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Addison Russell (-.128). He wasn't the only Cub to go 0-for-4 in Game 1, but that strikeout in the seventh (-.087 WPA) definitely proved to be the most damaging part of his evening.
  • Goat - Jon Lester (-.124). It was all about the first inning for Lester (-.160 WPA); the first two outs came easily enough, but then a two-out single from Lindor was followed by two walks, the 35-foot single from Ramirez, and a ball that Brandon Guyer took off of his back knee to put the Cubs in an early 2-0 hole.
  • Kid - Dexter Fowler (-.096). One of the other two 0-for-4 outings in Game 1 -- along with Anthony Rizzo -- but his first two plate appearances carried more weight, particularly his strikeout in the third (-.031 WPA) with David Ross on first.

RANKINGS THROUGH WORLD SERIES GAME 1:

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Javier Baez

1

2

2

9

Jon Lester

2

1

0

8

Kris Bryant

1

1

1

6

Willson Contreras

1

1

1

6

Anthony Rizzo

1

1

0

5

Kyle Hendricks

1

1

0

5

Ben Zobrist

1

1

0

5

Travis Wood

1

0

0

3

Miguel Montero

1

0

0

3

Carl Edwards Jr.

1

0

0

3

Jake Arrieta

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

Dexter Fowler

0

0

1

1

Pedro Strop

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Addison Russell

1

4

0

11

Jason Heyward

2

0

2

8

Ben Zobrist

1

2

1

8

Anthony Rizzo

1

1

2

7

Dexter Fowler

1

1

2

7

Aroldis Chapman

1

0

0

3

John Lackey

1

0

0

3

Pedro Strop

1

0

0

3

Jake Arrieta

1

0

0

3

Javier Baez

1

0

0

3

Albert Almora Jr.

0

1

1

3

David Ross

0

1

0

2

Jon Lester

0

1

0

2

Miguel Montero

0

0

1.5

1.5

Justin Grimm

0

0

1

1

Kris Bryant

0

0

0.5

0.5

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

pWPA

Javier Baez

9

3

6

0.853

Jon Lester

8

2

6

0.893

Willson Contreras

6

0

6

0.491

Kris Bryant

6

0.5

5.5

0.518

Kyle Hendricks

5

0

5

0.332

Carl Edwards Jr.

3

0

3

0.091

Travis Wood

3

0

3

0.070

Mike Montgomery

2

0

2

0.130

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

Anthony Rizzo

5

7

-2

-0.192

Pedro Strop

1

3

-2

-0.234

David Ross

0

2

-2

-0.199

Ben Zobrist

5

8

-3

-0.072

Albert Almora Jr.

0

3

-3

-0.035

Dexter Fowler

1

7

-6

-0.145

Jason Heyward

0

8

-8

-0.346

Addison Russell

2

11

-9

-0.317