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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 12

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The Goat podium race was tight, but a combination of missed opportunities, bad luck, and batting order position landed Dexter Fowler at the top of the list on Sunday.

Full disclosure:  This is Dexter Fowler from Saturday belting a three-run homer.  Sometimes you take what the photo people have to give to you.
Full disclosure: This is Dexter Fowler from Saturday belting a three-run homer. Sometimes you take what the photo people have to give to you.
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Some days, when things don't go as you hope, and the breaks are beating the boys... you just need a little cute factor.

Graphs for Game 12 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 12 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 12:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lester

7.1

4

1

1

2

10

0.85

.221

A Warren

0.2

0

0

0

0

1

1.21

.050

J Grimm

1

1

1

1

0

3

0.39

-.071

Total

9

5

2

2

2

14

0.82

.200

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lester

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.02

.099

J Soler

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.66

-.015

J Heyward

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

1.21

-.026

T La Stella

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.22

-.031

M Montero

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.81

-.044

J Baez

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.57

-.056

A Rizzo

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.44

-.063

D Ross

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.65

-.083

B Zobrist

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.4

-.151

K Bryant

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.61

-.160

D Fowler

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.51

-.170

Total

30

0

3

0

0

1

9

1.37

-.700

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 THREE HEROES: The run of pitcher bumps moves up to four as the .099 hitting of Jon Lester is moved out.

  • Superhero - Jon Lester (.221). Hard to ask for much more from his outing on Sunday without being really, really greedy.
  • Hero - Adam Warren (.050). Finished up the eighth inning without any issues.  And seeing how that's all that was needed to make the second step of the Hero podium...
  • Sidekick - Jorge Soler (-.015). ...the second Anti-Hero of the season becomes a little less surprising. In case you were wondering, there was only one Anti-Hero in all of 2015. I'm still blaming cosmic forces.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Dexter Fowler (-.170). The great play by Trevor Story to rob Fowler of a hit in the ninth certainly hurt, but the flyout in the sixth after Lester's leadoff double did a larger amount of damage. And the only thing that separated him from the third member of the Goats today after that was being the leadoff hitter of the inning.
  • Goat - Kris Bryant (-.160). That last swing of the game was a pretty rough one.
  • Kid - Ben Zobrist (-.151). Also a member of the sixth-inning missed opportunity club, he provided a brief moment of excitement in the ninth before his flyball was caught just short on the warning track.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 12: The march of the starting pitchers continues with Lester moving into a tie for third.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

1

1.5

1.5

7.5

Miguel Montero

1.5

1

0.5

7

Addison Russell

1

2

0

7

Jorge Soler

1

1

2

7

Jake Arrieta

2

0

0

6

Jason Hammel

2

0

0

6

Jon Lester

2

0

0

6

Dexter Fowler

0

1

3

5

Kris Bryant

0.5

1.5

0

4.5

Adam Warren

0

2

0

4

Kyle Hendricks

1

0

0

3

Jason Heyward

0

1

0

2

Matt Szczur

0

1

0

2

Ben Zobrist

0

0

1

1

Hector Rondon

0

0

1

1

Justin Grimm

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Tommy La Stella

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Addison Russell

3

0

1

10

Jason Heyward

1

3

0

9

Anthony Rizzo

1.5

1.5

1

8.5

Dexter Fowler

2

0

1

7

Ben Zobrist

1

1

2

7

Kris Bryant

0.5

2.5

0

6.5

Jorge Soler

1

1

0

5

John Lackey

1

0

0

3

Trevor Cahill

1

0

0

3

Matt Szczur

0

1

0

2

Miguel Montero

0

1

0

2

Pedro Strop

0

1

0

2

Tommy La Stella

0

0

2

2

David Ross

0

0

1

1

Jon Lester

0

0

1

1

Kyle Hendricks

0

0

1

1

Kyle Schwarber

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Jake Arrieta

6

0

6

Jason Hammel

6

0

6

Miguel Montero

7

2

5

Jon Lester

6

1

5

Adam Warren

4

0

4

Jorge Soler

7

5

2

Kyle Hendricks

3

1

2

Hector Rondon

1

0

1

Justin Grimm

1

0

1

Matt Szczur

2

2

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Anthony Rizzo

7.5

8.5

-1

Tommy La Stella

1

2

-1

David Ross

0

1

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Dexter Fowler

5

7

-2

Kris Bryant

4.5

6.5

-2

Pedro Strop

0

2

-2

Addison Russell

7

10

-3

John Lackey

0

3

-3

Trevor Cahill

0

3

-3

Ben Zobrist

1

7

-6

Jason Heyward

2

9

-7