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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 26

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Ben Zobrist capitalizes on a golden opportunity in the third inning -- and sends out another fruit basket -- to take his second Superhero award of the season.

"Hello, Edible Arrangements?  It's Ben again."
"Hello, Edible Arrangements? It's Ben again."
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Graphs for Game 26 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 26 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 26:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lester

5.2

8

0

0

2

5

1.12

.216

P Strop

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.59

.042

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.19

.014

A Warren

1.1

2

1

2

0

1

0.51

-.001

Total

9

11

1

2

2

8

0.91

.271

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

B Zobrist

5

1

1

1

3

0

0

0.91

.227

D Fowler

4

0

1

0

0

1

0

0.53

.058

A Rizzo

5

3

3

1

1

0

1

0.73

.051

J Baez

5

0

3

0

2

0

0

0.61

.040

A Russell

4

0

2

0

0

1

0

0.3

.024

R Kalish

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.34

-.003

K Bryant

4

1

1

0

0

1

0

0.63

-.004

J Soler

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.32

-.009

D Ross

2

0

0

0

0

2

1

0.68

-.041

J Lester

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.59

-.046

T La Stella

4

1

1

0

0

0

2

0.9

-.069

Total

37

6

12

2

6

5

4

0.64

.229

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 (.227). I do have to put the fruit basket tag on this Superhero for Zobrist only because his homer was possible as a result of Andrew McCutchen not hanging onto the ball on Anthony Rizzo's sinking liner. Whether or not McCutchen's drop should have been an error is an entirely different story, but it doesn't change the subsequent event one way or the other.
  • Hero - Jon Lester (.216).  Once again got himself out of a couple of huge pickles primarily by inducing four swinging strikeouts in the fourth and fifth innings.
  • Sidekick - Dexter Fowler (.058).  Set the table a couple of times early in the game.

THE THREE GOATS: There's a bump on the Goat podium as Lester's -.046 hitting is moved out.  It's the fourth time in Lester's six starts that his hitting has caused a bump, three times from the Goats and once from the Heroes.

  • Billy Goat - Tommy La Stella (-.069).  I'm telling you... there's something about the two-spot in the order.
  • Goat - David Ross (-.041).  But he does get a high-five for picking off Sean Rodriguez at first.
  • Kid - Jorge Soler (-.009).  The guy pinch-hits in two separate games in the series and ends up on the Goat podium both times. How's that for tough luck.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 26: Lester fights his way back into a tie for second at the top of the chart while La Stella falls to outside of the cellar door.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

4

4.5

1.5

22.5

Jake Arrieta

5

0

0

15

Addison Russell

2

4

1

15

Jon Lester

4

1

0

14

Dexter Fowler

1

2

6

13

Ben Zobrist

2

1

3

11

Jason Hammel

3

0

1

10

Kris Bryant

0.5

2.5

2

8.5

Jorge Soler

1

1

3

8

Miguel Montero

1.5

1

0.5

7

Jason Heyward

0

3

0

6

Adam Warren

0

2

1

5

Hector Rondon

0

1

2

4

John Lackey

1

0

0

3

Kyle Hendricks

1

0

0

3

Matt Szczur

0

1

0

2

Pedro Strop

0

1

0

2

Tim Federowicz

0

1

0

2

Tommy La Stella

0

0

2

2

David Ross

0

0

1

1

Justin Grimm

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Jason Heyward

4

7

0

26

Addison Russell

5

1

3

20

Kris Bryant

1.5

4.5

1

14.5

Jorge Soler

2

2

3

13

Dexter Fowler

3

0

2

11

Ben Zobrist

1

2

3

10

Anthony Rizzo

1.5

1.5

2

9.5

Tommy La Stella

2

0

3

9

John Lackey

2

0

0

6

David Ross

1

1

1

6

Trevor Cahill

1

1

0

5

Miguel Montero

0

2

1

5

Kyle Hendricks

1

0

1

4

Pedro Strop

0

2

0

4

Hector Rondon

1

0

0

3

Javier Baez

0

1

1

3

Matt Szczur

0

1

1

3

Jon Lester

0

0

1

1

Kyle Schwarber

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Travis Wood

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Jake Arrieta

15

0

15

Anthony Rizzo

22.5

9.5

13

Jon Lester

14

1

13

Jason Hammel

10

0

10

Adam Warren

5

0

5

Dexter Fowler

13

11

2

Miguel Montero

7

5

2

Tim Federowicz

2

0

2

Ben Zobrist

11

10

1

Hector Rondon

4

3

1

Justin Grimm

1

0

1

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Kyle Hendricks

3

4

-1

Matt Szczur

2

3

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Travis Wood

0

1

-1

Pedro Strop

2

4

-2

John Lackey

3

6

-3

Javier Baez

0

3

-3

Addison Russell

15

20

-5

Jorge Soler

8

13

-5

David Ross

1

6

-5

Trevor Cahill

0

5

-5

Kris Bryant

8.5

14.5

-6

Tommy La Stella

2

9

-7

Jason Heyward

6

26

-20