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Cubs Heroes and Goats: World Series Game 2

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The Cubs evened the World Series at one game apiece on Wednesday night, with Jake Arrieta providing five-plus innings of one-run ball to pick up his first Superhero of the postseason in the Cubs' 5-1 win.

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It's a different kind of hot take.

Graphs for World Series Game 2 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 174 Chart 2016

Stats for World Series Game 2:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Arrieta

5.2

2

0

1

3

6

0.67

.224

M Montgomery

2

2

0

0

1

4

0.5

.062

A Chapman

1.1

0

0

0

1

2

0.22

.026

Total

9

4

0

1

5

12

0.55

.312

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

3

2

1

0

1

2

0

0.55

.129

K Schwarber

4

1

2

0

2

1

2

0.67

.119

B Zobrist

4

1

2

0

1

1

0

0.59

.099

A Russell

4

0

1

0

1

1

0

0.45

.030

W Contreras

3

0

0

0

0

2

0

0.53

.007

J Heyward

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.16

-.008

J Baez

5

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.59

-.025

K Bryant

5

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.51

-.026

D Fowler

5

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.66

-.063

J Soler

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.93

-.075

Total

37

5

9

0

5

8

8

0.58

.188

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 World Series Game 2: With one out and one on in the top of the first, Anthony Rizzo turns on a fastball from Trevor Bauer and sends it off the wall in right field on a hop for a double, scoring Kris Bryant and putting the Cubs ahead early 1-0. WPA impact: +.116.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Jake Arrieta (.224). He had a lot of long counts in Game 2, but two hits and three walks over five-plus innings is still a good night on the hill. Especially in a game of this magnitude.
  • Hero - Anthony Rizzo (.129). The middle of the order definitely got the job done, with Rizzo's double in the first leading the way...
  • Sidekick - Kyle Schwarber (.119). ...while the legend continues to grow for the Warbird, knocking in two runs with two singles and adding a walk as well.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jorge Soler (-.075). It had been a while since the double play overlords claimed a victim, but apparently it was time to collect once again as the 4-6-3 moved Soler to the top of the heap.
  • Goat - Dexter Fowler (-.063). He did find his way into the hit column for the first time in the World Series, but it came at the tail end of a 1-for-5 night with the Cubs ahead by four.
  • Kid - Kris Bryant (-.026). I guess you could call this the Bryant Maneuver in reverse... he got a hit in his first plate appearance of the game and then just slowly slid from there.

RANKINGS THROUGH WORLD SERIES GAME 2:

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Javier Baez

1

2

2

9

Jon Lester

2

1

0

8

Anthony Rizzo

1

2

0

7

Kris Bryant

1

1

1

6

Willson Contreras

1

1

1

6

Kyle Hendricks

1

1

0

5

Ben Zobrist

1

1

0

5

Jake Arrieta

1

1

0

5

Travis Wood

1

0

0

3

Miguel Montero

1

0

0

3

Carl Edwards Jr.

1

0

0

3

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

Kyle Schwarber

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Addison Russell

1

4

0

11

Dexter Fowler

1

2

2

9

Jason Heyward

2

0

2

8

Ben Zobrist

1

2

1

8

Anthony Rizzo

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

Jorge Soler

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

Kris Bryant

0

0

1.5

1.5

Justin Grimm

0

0

1

1

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

Kyle Hendricks

5

0

5

0.332

Kris Bryant

6

1.5

4.5

0.492

Carl Edwards Jr.

3

0

3

0.091

Travis Wood

3

0

3

0.070

Jake Arrieta

5

3

2

0.154

Mike Montgomery

2

0

2

0.130

Miguel Montero

3

1.5

1.5

0.273

Kyle Schwarber

1

0

1

0.119

Anthony Rizzo

7

7

0

-0.063

Justin Grimm

1

1

0

-0.072

John Lackey

2

3

-1

-0.104

Aroldis Chapman

2

3

-1

-0.139

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

Jorge Soler

0

3

-3

-0.075

Dexter Fowler

1

9

-8

-0.208

Jason Heyward

0

8

-8

-0.346

Addison Russell

2

11

-9

-0.317