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Cubs Heroes and Goats: World Series Game 6

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The 2016 World Series will go the distance, thanks in large part to the six runs driven in by Addison Russell en route to his first Superhero of the postseason in the Cubs' 9-2 win on Tuesday night.

Can you say... pumped?
Can you say... pumped?
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It's the second of November. Three days before my father's birthday. And the Cubs will be playing Game 7 of the World Series.

The Cubs will be playing Game 7 of the World Series.

Holy (expletive deleted), the Cubs will be playing the seventh game of the World Series.

ONE. MORE. GAME. I honestly don't know how I'm going to make it through the day.

Graphs for World Series Game 6 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 178 Chart 2016

Stats for World Series Game 6:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Arrieta

5.2

3

1

2

3

9

0.43

.108

A Chapman

1.1

1

0

1

1

1

0.29

.028

M Montgomery

1

1

0

0

1

0

0.33

.011

P Strop

0.2

1

0

0

1

0

0.04

.002

T Wood

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

0.02

.001

Total

9

6

1

3

6

10

0.35

.150

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Russell

5

1

2

1

6

0

1

0.67

.262

K Bryant

5

2

4

1

1

0

0

0.27

.100

B Zobrist

4

2

2

0

0

1

1

0.43

.047

A Rizzo

5

3

3

1

2

0

0

0.27

.025

K Schwarber

4

1

1

0

0

1

0

0.25

.007

J Baez

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.14

-.010

J Heyward

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.19

-.021

W Contreras

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.28

-.026

D Fowler

5

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.27

-.034

Total

39

9

13

3

9

3

6

0.31

.350

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 6: With two on and two out in the top of the first, Addison Russell hits a routine fly ball to right-center field, but a miscommunication between Tyler Naquin and Lonnie Chisenhall leads to the ball falling in between them for a two-run double, giving the Cubs an early 3-0 lead. WPA impact: +.166.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Addison Russell (.262). Oh, and then there was also the pitch from Dan Otero that Russell absolutely destroyed for a grand slam to put the Cubs up by seven.
  • Hero - Jake Arrieta (.108). Am I the only person that stopped breathing for the entirety of the fourth inning? I have to imagine that there was a giant wind gust that swept through Chicago from everyone simultaneously exhaling after Arrieta struck out Tyler Naquin with the bases loaded to end the frame.
  • Sidekick - Kris Bryant (.100). Let's not forget the moonshot that Bryant hit to start the scoring. You think that he was just a bit happy to get moved down to the third spot in the order? The 4-for-5 night might provide a clue.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Dexter Fowler (-.034). The only plate appearance of Fowler's that really had any WPA impact on the game was his first one; his other four outs in his 0-for-5 night had a combined WPA result of -.012.
  • Goat - Willson Contreras (-.026). The same was true for Contreras; he only ended up on the second spot because his flyout to end the first came with Russell on third base at the time.  Otherwise, it would have been...
  • Kid - Jason Heyward (-.021). ...who was definitely helped out by the fact that all four of his plate appearances came after the Cubs had already tacked three runs on the board. But he definitely gets a handful of style points for his diving catch on a Jose Ramirez liner in the fourth and his cannon to nab Roberto Perez at second in the ninth.

RANKINGS THROUGH WORLD SERIES GAME 6:

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

2

9

Jake Arrieta

1

2

0

7

Willson Contreras

1

1

1

6

Kyle Hendricks

1

1

1

6

Ben Zobrist

1

1

0

5

Addison Russell

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

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

3

12

Dexter Fowler

2

2

2

12

Addison Russell

1

4

0

11

Anthony Rizzo

1

1

2

7

Javier Baez

2

0

0

6

John Lackey

1.5

0.5

0

5.5

Willson Contreras

0

1

3

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

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

Kris Bryant

9

1.5

7.5

0.715

Jon Lester

9

2

7

0.983

Kyle Hendricks

6

0

6

0.410

Jake Arrieta

7

3

4

0.262

Anthony Rizzo

10

7

3

0.119

Javier Baez

9

6

3

0.480

Justin Grimm

4

1

3

0.123

Travis Wood

3

0

3

0.070

Aroldis Chapman

5

3

2

0.265

Mike Montgomery

2

0

2

0.130

Miguel Montero

3

1.5

1.5

0.273

Willson Contreras

6

5

1

0.207

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

Addison Russell

5

11

-6

-0.055

Ben Zobrist

5

12.5

-7.5

-0.362

Jason Heyward

4

12

-8

-0.307

Dexter Fowler

2

12

-10

-0.210