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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 32

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Sometimes you go kablooey in a big, big way. That was the seventh inning in a nutshell, leading Pedro Strop to the top of the Goat podium in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader.

Not pictured:  The pitcher that was the cause of these smiling faces.
Not pictured: The pitcher that was the cause of these smiling faces.
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Fun fact from earlier in Game 1:

Graphs for Game 32 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 32 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 32:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Hendricks

6.2

6

0

2

1

8

1.02

.152

C Richard

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.09

.007

N Ramirez

1.1

1

0

1

3

2

0.79

-.022

P Strop

0

3

1

3

2

0

1.39

-.686

Total

9

10

1

6

6

10

0.97

-.549

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

B Zobrist

3

1

2

0

1

2

0

1.08

.207

A Russell

4

2

2

0

1

1

1

0.98

.164

A Rizzo

3

0

1

0

1

2

0

1.13

.088

D Fowler

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.99

.048

T Federowicz

4

0

1

0

1

0

1

1.22

.008

J Baez

4

1

0

0

0

0

0

1.14

-.016

R Kalish

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.85

-.022

J Heyward

4

0

1

0

0

1

2

1.48

-.062

K Hendricks

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.3

-.087

J Soler

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.06

-.093

K Bryant

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.48

-.185

Total

35

4

9

0

4

6

5

1.19

.049

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:

  • Superhero - Ben Zobrist (.207).  The guy's been an on-base machine lately, reaching four times in this game on two singles and two walks.
  • Hero - Addison Russell (.164).  Got on base three times himself including a run-scoring double to give the Cubs the lead in the fourth.
  • Sidekick - Kyle Hendricks (.152).  Aside from the first inning, it was one heck of a day for him.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Pedro Strop (-.686).  Oof. And if you missed the game, here's how you put up a -.686 WPA: five batters faced, one runner inherited, wild pitch, infield single plus an error, walk, three-run homer, single, walk.  All with two out.
  • Goat - Kris Bryant (-.185).  Four of his five plate appearances came with runners in scoring position; all four came up empty.
  • Kid - Jorge Soler (-.093).  He did have a double, but the popout in the first with runners on the corners proved to be too much to overcome.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 32: Zobrist takes another step upward on the charts while Bryant sinks back into the spot outside of the cellar door.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

4

4.5

3.5

24.5

Addison Russell

3

5

1

20

Ben Zobrist

4

1

3

17

Jon Lester

4

2

0

16

Jake Arrieta

5

0

0

15

Dexter Fowler

1

2

6

13

Kris Bryant

0.5

2.5

4

10.5

Jason Hammel

3

0

1

10

Jorge Soler

1

1

3

8

Kyle Hendricks

2

0

1

7

Miguel Montero

1.5

1

0.5

7

Hector Rondon

1

1

2

7

Adam Warren

0

2.5

1.5

6.5

Jason Heyward

0

3

0

6

Tommy La Stella

0

2

2

6

Javier Baez

1

0

0

3

John Lackey

1

0

0

3

Justin Grimm

0

0.5

1.5

2.5

Matt Szczur

0

1

0

2

Pedro Strop

0

1

0

2

Ryan Kalish

0

1

0

2

Tim Federowicz

0

1

0

2

David Ross

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Jason Heyward

4

7

1

27

Addison Russell

5

2

3

22

Kris Bryant

2.5

5.5

1

19.5

Jorge Soler

2

2

5

15

Dexter Fowler

3

1

2

13

Anthony Rizzo

2.5

1.5

2

12.5

Ben Zobrist

1

2

3

10

Tommy La Stella

2

0

3

9

David Ross

1

2

1

8

Pedro Strop

1

2

0

7

John Lackey

2

0

0

6

Trevor Cahill

1

1

0

5

Miguel Montero

0

2

1

5

Kyle Hendricks

1

0

1

4

Travis Wood

1

0

1

4

Adam Warren

1

0

0

3

Hector Rondon

1

0

0

3

Tim Federowicz

1

0

0

3

Javier Baez

0

1

1

3

Justin Grimm

0

1

1

3

Matt Szczur

0

1

1

3

Spencer Patton

0

1

0

2

Clayton Richard

0

0

1

1

Jason Hammel

0

0

1

1

Jon Lester

0

0

1

1

Kyle Schwarber

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Jon Lester

16

1

15

Jake Arrieta

15

0

15

Anthony Rizzo

24.5

12.5

12

Jason Hammel

10

1

9

Ben Zobrist

17

10

7

Hector Rondon

7

3

4

Adam Warren

6.5

3

3.5

Kyle Hendricks

7

4

3

Miguel Montero

7

5

2

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Dexter Fowler

13

13

0

Javier Baez

3

3

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Justin Grimm

2.5

3

-0.5

Matt Szczur

2

3

-1

Tim Federowicz

2

3

-1

Clayton Richard

0

1

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Addison Russell

20

22

-2

Spencer Patton

0

2

-2

Tommy La Stella

6

9

-3

John Lackey

3

6

-3

Travis Wood

0

4

-4

Pedro Strop

2

7

-5

Trevor Cahill

0

5

-5

Jorge Soler

8

15

-7

David Ross

1

8

-7

Kris Bryant

10.5

19.5

-9

Jason Heyward

6

27

-21