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Cubs Heroes and Goats: World Series Game 3

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The Cubs once again couldn't find an answer to the Indians' pitching, with a game-ending strikeout by Javier Baez sending him to the top of the Goats as the Cubs lost 1-0 on Friday night.

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Graphs for World Series Game 3 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 175 Chart 2016

Stats for World Series Game 3:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Grimm

0.2

0

0

0

0

0

3.4

.195

K Hendricks

4.1

6

0

0

2

6

1.38

.078

M Montgomery

0.2

0

0

0

0

0

0.88

.046

A Chapman

1

0

0

0

0

2

0.47

.035

P Strop

0.2

0

0

0

0

1

0.54

.027

C Edwards Jr.

1.2

2

0

1

1

1

1.91

-.103

Total

9

8

0

1

3

10

1.4

.278

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Heyward

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

6.04

.097

J Soler

3

0

2

0

0

0

1

1.13

.071

A Rizzo

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.56

.066

K Hendricks

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.71

-.017

D Fowler

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.97

-.031

K Schwarber

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.81

-.044

M Montero

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.66

-.046

K Bryant

3

0

0

0

0

1

2

1.26

-.062

A Russell

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.71

-.132

W Contreras

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

2.13

-.141

B Zobrist

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

2.42

-.167

J Baez

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

3.61

-.373

Total

33

0

5

0

0

1

8

2.07

-.778

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 3: With two on and two out in the bottom of the ninth, Javier Baez swings at a high fastball from Cody Allen but comes up short, striking out to end the game in a 1-0 Cubs' loss. WPA impact: -.235.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Justin Grimm (.195). I don't know if he'll ever be in a position of more importance than he found himself in this one; one out, inheriting a bases-loaded jam with the Indians' hottest hitter of the World Series in Francisco Lindor due up, and got him to hit into a 4-6-3 double play on a 3-2 breaking pitch. That's a fist pump that's well-deserved.
  • Hero - Jason Heyward (.097). This might have to be a double fruit-basket, one to Mike Napoli for botching a play on a grounder to his right, and then another to Cody Allen for an uncontested steal of second base to put the Cubs in that second-and-third situation in the bottom of the ninth.
  • Sidekick - Kyle Hendricks (.078 / .061). It isn't any consolation, but to be completely honest the final score could have been a lot worse as Hendricks was navigating traffic all night long.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Javier Baez (-.373). The kind of night that you want to learn from but never think about again: three opportunities with a runner in scoring position and two out that ended in a popout, a groundout, and that painful whiff to end Game 3.
  • Goat - Ben Zobrist (-.167). Everything gets magnified in the bottom of the ninth of a 1-0 game; his strikeout after Anthony Rizzo singled to start the inning ended up landing him on the second step.
  • Kid - Willson Contreras (-.141). It was more of an old-fashioned 0-for-4 that did Contreras in with three grounders -- including one in the bottom of the ninth as well -- and a flyout to center.

RANKINGS THROUGH WORLD SERIES GAME 3:

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

1

6

Ben Zobrist

1

1

0

5

Jake Arrieta

1

1

0

5

Justin Grimm

1

0

1

4

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

Jason Heyward

0

1

0

2

Aroldis Chapman

0

0

2

2

Mike Montgomery

0

0

2

2

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

Ben Zobrist

1

3

1

10

Dexter Fowler

1

2

2

9

Jason Heyward

2

0

2

8

Anthony Rizzo

1

1

2

7

Javier Baez

2

0

0

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

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

Willson Contreras

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

pWPA

Jon Lester

8

2

6

0.893

Kyle Hendricks

6

0

6

0.410

Willson Contreras

6

1

5

0.350

Kris Bryant

6

1.5

4.5

0.492

Javier Baez

9

6

3

0.480

Justin Grimm

4

1

3

0.123

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

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

Albert Almora Jr.

0

3

-3

-0.035

Jorge Soler

0

3

-3

-0.075

Ben Zobrist

5

10

-5

-0.239

Jason Heyward

2

8

-6

-0.249

Dexter Fowler

1

9

-8

-0.208

Addison Russell

2

11

-9

-0.317