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Cubs Heroes and Goats: World Series Game 5

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The series goes back to Cleveland as Aroldis Chapman records his first-ever eight-out save to take the top spot of the Heroes by a landslide in the Cubs' 3-2 win on Sunday night.

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How about a couple of defensive gems from Game 5?

Oh, and David Ross still has a cannon.

Graphs for World Series Game 5 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 177 Chart 2016

Stats for World Series Game 5:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Chapman

2.2

1

0

0

0

4

2.52

.404

J Lester

6

4

1

2

0

5

0.96

.090

C Edwards Jr.

0.1

1

0

0

0

0

2.36

-.038

Total

9

6

1

2

0

9

1.57

.456

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Bryant

3

1

1

1

1

1

2

0.75

.123

A Rizzo

3

1

1

0

0

1

0

0.81

.054

A Russell

4

0

2

0

1

0

1

1.04

.045

B Zobrist

3

1

1

0

0

1

0

1.19

.024

J Baez

4

0

1

0

0

0

3

1

-.006

M Montero

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.4

-.010

D Fowler

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.68

-.012

D Ross

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

1.69

-.015

W Contreras

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.72

-.018

A Chapman

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.91

-.024

J Lester

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.93

-.047

J Heyward

4

0

1

0

0

0

3

0.93

-.070

Total

30

3

7

1

3

3

14

0.93

.044

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 5: Leading off the bottom of the fourth inning, Kris Bryant sends a Trevor Bauer fastball into the first row of the bleachers in left-center field to tie the game at 1-1. WPA impact: +.141.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Aroldis Chapman (.404 / .380). Not only was it Chapman's first-ever eight-out save, it was also his first-ever eight-out appearance; his previous record was a seven-out game earlier this season while he was still a member of the Yankees, and as coincidence would have it, that game was also against the Indians. It's also only the second time in his career that he's posted a WPA above .400 in a single game, and only the second time that any Cub has done it in the postseason since Hank Borowy pitched the final four innings of Game 6 of the 1945 World Series.
  • Hero - Kris Bryant (.123). What better time to drive in your first run of the World Series... the Cubs desperately needed a shot in the arm, and Bryant was there to start things off.
  • Sidekick - Jon Lester (.090 / .043). Another strong postseason outing, allowing only four hits over six innings while not walking anyone and striking out five.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jason Heyward (-070). The single in the eighth past Jason Kipnis along with the two stolen bases didn't come close to making a dent in his three strikeouts earlier in the game.
  • Goat - Carl Edwards Jr. (-.038). He didn't have any leash in this game and possibly could have avoided the podium had it not been for the passed ball from...
  • Kid - Willson Contreras (-.018). ...who gets the final step for what seemed like an innocent groundout to start the seventh. Once again, karma has a way of balancing things out.

RANKINGS THROUGH WORLD SERIES GAME 5:

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

2

2

0

10

Jon Lester

2

1

1

9

Javier Baez

1

2

2

9

Kris Bryant

1

2

1

8

Willson Contreras

1

1

1

6

Kyle Hendricks

1

1

1

6

Ben Zobrist

1

1

0

5

Jake Arrieta

1

1

0

5

Aroldis Chapman

1

0

2

5

Justin Grimm

1

0

1

4

Jason Heyward

0

2

0

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

Mike Montgomery

0

0

2

2

Dexter Fowler

0

0

2

2

Pedro Strop

0

0

1

1

Kyle Schwarber

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Ben Zobrist

1.5

3.5

1

12.5

Jason Heyward

3

0

2

11

Addison Russell

1

4

0

11

Dexter Fowler

1

2

2

9

Anthony Rizzo

1

1

2

7

Javier Baez

2

0

0

6

John Lackey

1.5

0.5

0

5.5

Aroldis Chapman

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

Willson Contreras

0

0

3

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

Jon Lester

9

2

7

0.983

Kris Bryant

8

1.5

6.5

0.615

Kyle Hendricks

6

0

6

0.410

Anthony Rizzo

10

7

3

0.119

Javier Baez

9

6

3

0.480

Willson Contreras

6

3

3

0.233

Justin Grimm

4

1

3

0.123

Travis Wood

3

0

3

0.070

Aroldis Chapman

5

3

2

0.265

Jake Arrieta

5

3

2

0.154

Mike Montgomery

2

0

2

0.130

Miguel Montero

3

1.5

1.5

0.273

Carl Edwards Jr.

3

2

1

0.053

Kyle Schwarber

1

0

1

0.119

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

John Lackey

2

5.5

-3.5

-0.227

Jason Heyward

4

11

-7

-0.286

Dexter Fowler

2

9

-7

-0.176

Ben Zobrist

5

12.5

-7.5

-0.362

Addison Russell

2

11

-9

-0.317