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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 46

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Although David Ross hit a milestone homer on Friday, it was Jorge Soler's 2-for-4 day with his own booming blast that moved him to the top of the Hero pack in the Cubs' rainy 6-2 victory.

He hit the ball REAL hard.
He hit the ball REAL hard.
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Congrats on 100 career homers, David Ross!

Graphs for Game 46 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 46 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 46:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lester

6.1

6

0

1

2

7

0.95

.137

T Cahill

1.2

3

0

0

0

3

0.73

.027

H Rondon

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.28

.013

P Strop

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

9

10

0

1

2

10

0.86

.176

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Soler

4

1

2

1

2

0

2

0.62

.223

D Ross

4

1

1

1

3

0

2

0.58

.175

B Zobrist

4

1

2

0

0

0

1

0.39

.053

J Baez

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0.45

.020

A Russell

3

1

0

0

0

1

2

0.37

.000

D Fowler

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.45

-.033

J Lester

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.43

-.034

M Szczur

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.41

-.040

K Bryant

3

1

1

1

1

1

0

0.59

-.041

Total

33

6

10

3

6

2

9

0.48

.324

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 - Jorge Soler (.223). His mammoth shot off of the video board was beyond impressive, but it was his run-scoring single in the first that provided the difference in the first and second steps on the podium.
  • Hero - David Ross (.175). Is it me, or does he seem to be playing like he's 29 instead of 39 right now?
  • Sidekick - Jon Lester (.137). A very nice bounceback outing after his shortest of the season in his previous effort.

THE THREE GOATS: For the sixth time this season, Lester causes a podium bump as his -.034 hitting is moved out.  It's the fifth bump on the Goat podium to go along with his one bump from the Heroes.

  • Billy Goat - Kris Bryant (-.041). He did put one onto Waveland, but it made the game 6-1 and his previous two missed chances with a runner on second ended up doing enough damage to put him on the Goat side of the fence.  And he ended up on the top step...
  • Goat - Matt Szczur (-.040). ...primarily as a result of Szczur's single in the eighth which gave Szczur the .002 WPA necessary to move from the top step down to the second one.
  • Kid - Dexter Fowler (-.033). Also had a big hit with his triple to right, but it was after the score was already 5-1.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 46: Soler moves out of the double-digit negatives, meeting Fowler at the second-to-last spot on the chart.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

5

4.5

3.5

27.5

Ben Zobrist

5

2

4.5

23.5

Addison Russell

3

6

2

23

Kris Bryant

2.5

4.5

4

20.5

Jake Arrieta

6

1

0

20

Jon Lester

5

2

1

20

Dexter Fowler

1

2

9

16

Miguel Montero

3.5

2

0.5

15

Jason Hammel

4

0

2

14

Jorge Soler

2

2

4

14

Kyle Hendricks

2

1

1

9

Hector Rondon

1

2

2

9

Jason Heyward

0

4

0

8

Tommy La Stella

0

2

3.5

7.5

Adam Warren

0

2.5

1.5

6.5

John Lackey

2

0

0

6

David Ross

1

1

1

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

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Jason Heyward

6

8

1

35

Addison Russell

7

2

3

28

Kris Bryant

4.5

5.5

2

26.5

Dexter Fowler

5

3

4

25

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

Adam Warren

2

1

0

8

David Ross

1

2

1

8

Travis Wood

2

0

1

7

Pedro Strop

1

2

0

7

John Lackey

2

0

0

6

Kyle Hendricks

1

1

1

6

Trevor Cahill

1

1

0

5

Matt Szczur

0

2

1

5

Miguel Montero

0

2

1

5

Jon Lester

1

0

1

4

Tim Federowicz

1

0

1

4

Hector Rondon

1

0

0

3

Jason Hammel

0

1

1

3

Justin Grimm

0

1

1

3

Clayton Richard

0

0

3

3

Spencer Patton

0

1

0

2

Jake Arrieta

0

0

1

1

Kyle Schwarber

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Jake Arrieta

20

1

19

Jon Lester

20

4

16

Jason Hammel

14

3

11

Miguel Montero

15

5

10

Ben Zobrist

23.5

15.5

8

Hector Rondon

9

3

6

Anthony Rizzo

27.5

23

4.5

Kyle Hendricks

9

6

3

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

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

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Tommy La Stella

7.5

9

-1.5

Adam Warren

6.5

8

-1.5

David Ross

6

8

-2

Travis Wood

5

7

-2

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Clayton Richard

1

3

-2

Spencer Patton

0

2

-2

Matt Szczur

2

5

-3

Addison Russell

23

28

-5

Javier Baez

4

9

-5

Kris Bryant

20.5

26.5

-6

Dexter Fowler

16

25

-9

Jorge Soler

14

23

-9

Jason Heyward

8

35

-27