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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 43

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Randal Grichuk's walk-off winner lands Adam Warren on the top spot on the Goat podium in Monday night's game.

Some nights it's the other guys who get the shower at the plate.
Some nights it's the other guys who get the shower at the plate.
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Lots of bumps and spikes in the Monday graph. Watch your step...

Graphs for Game 43 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 43 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 43:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lackey

7

4

1

3

1

9

1.28

-.093

A Warren

1.2

1

1

1

0

2

1.56

-.271

Total

8.2

5

2

4

1

11

1.33

-.364

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

B Zobrist

4

1

3

0

0

1

0

1.25

.270

M Montero

3

0

2

0

1

1

1

1.58

.231

D Fowler

4

0

1

0

0

1

0

1.12

.026

J Soler

3

1

0

0

0

0

2

1.06

-.034

A Russell

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

1.5

-.040

T La Stella

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.77

-.048

J Baez

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.78

-.073

J Lackey

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.21

-.093

K Bryant

4

1

0

0

0

1

1

1.27

-.110

A Rizzo

5

0

1

0

1

0

0

2.11

-.265

Total

35

3

9

0

3

4

6

1.45

-.136

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 (.270). The guy just keeps on hitting; since April 26, he's put up a gaudy .410 / .495 / .639 / 1.134 slash line.
  • Hero - Miguel Montero (.231). Got the Cubs back to a tie game with his single in the fourth.
  • Sidekick - Dexter Fowler (.026). Once again the last Cub standing on the positive side of the ledger.  It's harder to win when there are only three players in plus-WPA territory.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Adam Warren (-.271). Gets the dreaded "One Strike Away" label, even if it would have only sent the game to extras.  But if he gets that strike and is done for the night, he's on the other side of the podium by a long shot.
  • Goat - Anthony Rizzo (-.265).  For the Strat-O-Matic Baseball fans out there, you remember the feared "Line out into as many outs as possible" spot that appears on every player card.  That's basically what happened to Rizzo there in the ninth.  Maybe it's time to change dice...
  • Kid - Kris Bryant (-.110). He got jobbed kinda hard on that strikeout in the ninth. There were two pitches closer to the zone that were called balls before the final pitch that he got rung up on.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 43: Montero joins the double-digit positive club, while Rizzo finds himself in unfamiliar territory in the middle of the second pack.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

5

4.5

3.5

27.5

Addison Russell

3

6

2

23

Ben Zobrist

5

2

3.5

22.5

Jake Arrieta

6

1

0

20

Jon Lester

5

2

0

19

Kris Bryant

1.5

4.5

4

17.5

Dexter Fowler

1

2

9

16

Miguel Montero

3.5

2

0.5

15

Jason Hammel

4

0

1

13

Kyle Hendricks

2

1

1

9

Jorge Soler

1

1

4

9

Jason Heyward

0

4

0

8

Tommy La Stella

0

2

3.5

7.5

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

1

6

Travis Wood

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

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

Addison Russell

6

2

3

25

Dexter Fowler

5

3

3

24

Kris Bryant

3.5

5.5

2

23.5

Jorge Soler

4

2

7

23

Anthony Rizzo

3

6

2

23

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

Adam Warren

2

0

0

6

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

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

Miguel Montero

15

5

10

Jason Hammel

13

3

10

Ben Zobrist

22.5

15.5

7

Anthony Rizzo

27.5

23

4.5

Hector Rondon

7

3

4

Kyle Hendricks

9

6

3

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Travis Wood

5

4

1

Adam Warren

6.5

6

0.5

Justin Grimm

3.5

3

0.5

John Lackey

6

6

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Pedro Strop

6

7

-1

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

Addison Russell

23

25

-2

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Spencer Patton

0

2

-2

Javier Baez

4

9

-5

Kris Bryant

17.5

23.5

-6

David Ross

1

8

-7

Dexter Fowler

16

24

-8

Jorge Soler

9

23

-14

Jason Heyward

8

33

-25