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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 41

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The shortest outing of the season for a Cubs' starting pitcher sends Jon Lester to the top of the Goats for the first time this season.

Some days it's a lonely feeling out there on the mound.
Some days it's a lonely feeling out there on the mound.
Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

No better sentiment than this one.

Graphs for Game 41 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 41 2016

Stats for Game 41:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T Cahill

2.1

1

0

0

1

3

0.21

.024

C Richard

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.09

.006

T Wood

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.09

.004

J Grimm

1

1

0

0

1

0

0.11

.004

J Lester

2.2

6

1

5

3

1

0.86

-.382

Total

8

9

1

5

5

4

0.46

-.344

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Bryant

4

1

2

1

1

1

0

0.64

.107

T La Stella

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.64

.017

B Zobrist

5

0

2

0

0

0

0

0.48

.004

D Ross

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.56

.002

J Soler

3

1

1

0

0

1

1

0.79

-.004

T Cahill

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.19

-.005

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.27

-.006

D Fowler

5

1

3

1

1

0

0

0.78

-.017

A Russell

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.62

-.034

T Federowicz

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.42

-.034

J Lester

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.84

-.044

J Baez

4

0

1

0

1

0

1

0.99

-.055

A Rizzo

5

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.74

-.086

Total

36

3

10

2

3

4

8

0.72

-.156

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 - Kris Bryant (.107). Tried to keep the game interesting with a homer to straightaway center field.  But then the third inning happened.
  • Hero - Trevor Cahill (.024).  He's getting pretty good at this multiple-inning outing thing; five of his last seven outings have been two innings or more, and those are also the only five outings he's had this season of that length.
  • Sidekick - Tommy La Stella (.017).  How you know it's one of those days:  A two-out pinch-hit walk gets you the final stair.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jon Lester (-.382).  Not much to be said here; it was just a clunker.
  • Goat - Anthony Rizzo (-.086).  The only 0-for-5 performance of the day.
  • Kid - Javier Baez (-.055).  His flyout with two on in the third did most of the damage, and his run-scoring single in the eighth likely kept him from the second step on the platform.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 41: Bryant continues his climb back to even ground on the chart while Lester falls short in his attempt to regain first place.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

5

4.5

3.5

27.5

Addison Russell

3

6

2

23

Jake Arrieta

6

1

0

20

Ben Zobrist

4

2

3.5

19.5

Jon Lester

5

2

0

19

Kris Bryant

1.5

4.5

4

17.5

Dexter Fowler

1

2

8

15

Jason Hammel

4

0

1

13

Miguel Montero

3.5

1

0.5

13

Jorge Soler

1

1

4

9

Jason Heyward

0

4

0

8

Tommy La Stella

0

2

3.5

7.5

Kyle Hendricks

2

0

1

7

Hector Rondon

1

1

2

7

Adam Warren

0

2.5

1.5

6.5

John Lackey

2

0

0

6

Pedro Strop

1

1

0

5

Javier Baez

1

0

1

4

Trevor Cahill

0

2

0

4

Justin Grimm

0

0.5

2.5

3.5

Matt Szczur

0

1

0

2

Ryan Kalish

0

1

0

2

Tim Federowicz

0

1

0

2

Travis Wood

0

1

0

2

Clayton Richard

0

0

1

1

David Ross

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Jason Heyward

6

7

1

33

Kris Bryant

3.5

5.5

1

22.5

Addison Russell

5

2

3

22

Dexter Fowler

5

2

3

22

Jorge Soler

4

2

6

22

Anthony Rizzo

3

5

2

21

Ben Zobrist

1.5

3.5

4

15.5

Tommy La Stella

2

0

3

9

Javier Baez

0

2

5

9

David Ross

1

2

1

8

Pedro Strop

1

2

0

7

John Lackey

2

0

0

6

Kyle Hendricks

1

1

1

6

Trevor Cahill

1

1

0

5

Miguel Montero

0

2

1

5

Jon Lester

1

0

1

4

Tim Federowicz

1

0

1

4

Travis Wood

1

0

1

4

Adam Warren

1

0

0

3

Hector Rondon

1

0

0

3

Jason Hammel

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

2

2

Kyle Schwarber

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Jake Arrieta

20

0

20

Jon Lester

19

4

15

Jason Hammel

13

3

10

Miguel Montero

13

5

8

Anthony Rizzo

27.5

21

6.5

Ben Zobrist

19.5

15.5

4

Hector Rondon

7

3

4

Adam Warren

6.5

3

3.5

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Addison Russell

23

22

1

Kyle Hendricks

7

6

1

Justin Grimm

3.5

3

0.5

John Lackey

6

6

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Trevor Cahill

4

5

-1

Matt Szczur

2

3

-1

Clayton Richard

1

2

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Tommy La Stella

7.5

9

-1.5

Pedro Strop

5

7

-2

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Travis Wood

2

4

-2

Spencer Patton

0

2

-2

Kris Bryant

17.5

22.5

-5

Javier Baez

4

9

-5

Dexter Fowler

15

22

-7

David Ross

1

8

-7

Jorge Soler

9

22

-13

Jason Heyward

8

33

-25