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Cubs Heroes and Goats: NLDS Game 1

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While Javier Baez provided the game's only scoring in the eighth, it was the eight scoreless innings that preceded it from Jon Lester that sent him to the top of the Heroes in a huge 1-0 win in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday night.

Yeah, I'd be pretty pumped too after a game like that one.
Yeah, I'd be pretty pumped too after a game like that one.
Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

(11:45pm)

(Checks heart rate)

(Still over 100)

(Is that normal?)

(It's the playoffs, so... yes.)

Graphs for NLDS Game 1 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 163 Chart 2016

Stats for NLDS Game 1:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lester

8

5

0

0

0

5

1.11

.535

A Chapman

1

1

0

0

0

1

2.54

.155

Total

9

6

0

0

0

6

1.28

.690

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Baez

3

1

2

1

1

0

0

0.97

.294

K Bryant

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.68

.019

T La Stella

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.27

-.007

C Coghlan

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.37

-.009

J Lester

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.89

-.045

D Ross

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.91

-.048

A Russell

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.87

-.065

D Fowler

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.97

-.072

J Heyward

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.03

-.076

A Rizzo

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.15

-.084

B Zobrist

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.26

-.097

Total

27

1

3

1

1

0

10

0.93

-.190

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 NLDS Game 1: With a full count and one out in the bottom of the eighth, Javier Baez crushes a fastball into the wind in left field with enough oomph to get the ball into the basket and put the Cubs ahead 1-0. WPA impact: +.302.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Jon Lester (.535 / .490). He had a decent amount of traffic to navigate in the first four innings of the game, including the first three innings in which he allowed the lead runner to reach base, but he got a good amount of help from David Ross on a caught stealing and a pickoff to end two threats and then got out of a second-and-third jam in the fourth with a routine grounder to short. After that, he then proceeded to retire the next 12 batters in order. That's called bringing your A-game right there. Maybe even your A-plus-plus-game.
  • Hero - Javier Baez (.294). I'm pretty sure that people within a five-mile radius of Wrigley Field heard the ballpark erupt as soon as Baez made contact on that pitch in the eighth. Even Matt Vasgersian was going crazy for it. Thankfully he didn't break out a "Santa Maria" on it because that would have been a tad too much.
  • Sidekick - Aroldis Chapman (.155). It wasn't without its tense moments, including two straight 3-2 counts that ended in a check-swing strikeout and a jam-shot grounder to second, topped off by a smash first-pitch double by Buster Posey to up the collective heart rate a few notches, but in the end he got it done on a grounder to second with another nice play by Baez in the field.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Ben Zobrist (-.097). Got a bit of a visit from the BABIP overlords in this game as a hard shot to second was gobbled up by a diving Kelby Tomlinson to end the fourth with Kris Bryant on third.
  • Goat - Anthony Rizzo (-.084). Suffered a similar fate as he hit a sharp grounder to the right side that Tomlinson gathered up in short right. Also had a groundout before Zobrist's in the fourth that moved Bryant over to third.
  • Kid - Jason Heyward (-.076). Unlike his podium counterparts above, he didn't have any chances in this game with anyone on; it was just a game of two popouts and a routine grounder to first.

RANKINGS THROUGH NLDS GAME 1:

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Jon Lester

1

0

0

3

Javier Baez

0

1

0

2

Aroldis Chapman

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Ben Zobrist

1

0

0

3

Anthony Rizzo

0

1

0

2

Jason Heyward

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

pWPA

Jon Lester

3

0

3

0.535

Javier Baez

2

0

2

0.294

Aroldis Chapman

1

0

1

0.155

Jason Heyward

0

1

-1

-0.076

Anthony Rizzo

0

2

-2

-0.084

Ben Zobrist

0

3

-3

-0.097