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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 48

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The starting rotation continues to shine as John Lackey's four-hit outing over seven innings leads him to the top of the Hero podium in Sunday's game.

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Are these numbers any good?

Graphs for Game 48 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 48 2016

Stats for Game 48:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lackey

7

4

1

1

4

6

0.54

.200

T Wood

0.2

1

0

0

0

0

0.07

.003

J Grimm

1

1

1

1

0

1

0.07

.002

P Strop

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

0.06

.002

Total

9

6

2

2

4

7

0.42

.207

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

3

1

2

0

1

1

0

0.67

.111

M Montero

3

1

2

1

2

1

0

0.25

.103

B Zobrist

4

1

1

1

3

0

2

0.74

.086

J Heyward

4

1

1

0

0

1

1

0.42

.043

D Fowler

3

1

1

0

0

2

0

0.27

.026

T La Stella

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.000

J Lackey

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.13

-.010

M Szczur

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.15

-.016

A Russell

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.21

-.020

K Bryant

3

2

2

0

1

1

1

0.6

-.030

Total

32

7

10

2

7

6

10

0.37

.293

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 - John Lackey (.200). It's the sixth outing this season in which he's had a Game Score of 65 or better, which is the most that he's had in the first 48 games of any season in his career. His next-closest total was four in both 2014 and 2015.
  • Hero - Anthony Rizzo (.111). Hey, even the bloop singles will do. They look just as good on the box score.
  • Sidekick - Miguel Montero (.103). Made his mark on the right-field video board in the second inning.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Kris Bryant (-.030). I don't know what Kris did to irk the WPA gods, but I think he's paid his penance by now; it's his third straight day at the top of the Goats with a WPA better than -.050. And once again, it was all in that first at-bat.
  • Goat - Addison Russell (-.020). The only thing really separating him and...
  • Kid - Matt Szczur (-.016). ...him on the day was batting order position.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 48: Lackey climbs back into positive territory while Bryant looks for a better brand of rum to appease the WPA deities.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

5

5.5

3.5

29.5

Ben Zobrist

5

2

5.5

24.5

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

Miguel Montero

3.5

2

1.5

16

Dexter Fowler

1

2

9

16

Jason Hammel

4

0

2

14

Jorge Soler

2

2

4

14

Kyle Hendricks

3

1

1

12

Jason Heyward

0

5

0

10

John Lackey

3

0

0

9

Hector Rondon

1

2

2

9

Tommy La Stella

0

2

3.5

7.5

Adam Warren

0

2.5

1.5

6.5

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

Kris Bryant

6.5

5.5

2

32.5

Addison Russell

7

3

3

30

Dexter Fowler

5

3

4

25

Anthony Rizzo

3

7

2

25

Jorge Soler

4

2

8

24

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

Matt Szczur

0

2

2

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

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

Miguel Montero

16

5

11

Jason Hammel

14

3

11

Ben Zobrist

24.5

15.5

9

Kyle Hendricks

12

6

6

Hector Rondon

9

3

6

Anthony Rizzo

29.5

25

4.5

John Lackey

9

6

3

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Justin Grimm

3.5

3

0.5

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

6

-4

Javier Baez

4

9

-5

Addison Russell

23

30

-7

Dexter Fowler

16

25

-9

Jorge Soler

14

24

-10

Kris Bryant

20.5

32.5

-12

Jason Heyward

10

35

-25