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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 28

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The math was simple in Friday's game: Hit a homer; win a Hero podium spot. Hit two and take the top stair.

Hey, look!  It's two members of Friday's Hero podium!
Hey, look! It's two members of Friday's Hero podium!
Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Strike a pose, Dexter!

Graphs for Game 28 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 28 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 28:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lackey

7

6

1

2

1

11

0.88

.070

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

0

2

0.92

.069

C Richard

0.2

1

0

2

1

1

0.09

.001

J Grimm

0.1

2

1

2

0

1

0.33

-.050

Total

9

9

2

6

2

15

0.76

.090

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

B Zobrist

2

3

2

2

4

2

0

0.6

.292

T La Stella

4

1

2

1

2

0

0

0.52

.175

A Rizzo

2

2

1

1

1

2

0

0.42

.102

J Heyward

3

1

1

0

0

1

0

0.58

.036

J Lackey

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.27

.005

J Soler

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.11

-.003

D Ross

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.33

-.025

J Baez

4

0

0

0

0

0

3

0.48

-.048

D Fowler

4

0

1

0

1

0

1

0.62

-.055

K Bryant

4

0

0

0

0

0

3

0.69

-.068

Total

30

8

9

4

8

5

8

0.5

.410

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 (.292).  I'm pretty sure I heard him yell "The heck with your fruit baskets!!" after he hit the second one.
  • Hero - Tommy La Stella (.175).  Who's currently leading the team in OPS?  This guy at 1.087.
  • Sidekick - Anthony Rizzo (.102).  I don't think I've ever seen someone hit a homer off of one of the flags before. Sometimes you just have to dare to be different.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Kris Bryant (-.068).  A rough day at the plate with three strikeouts plus a hard-hit ball right into the shift.
  • Goat - Dexter Fowler (-.055).  He did have the run-scoring single late, but it didn't do much to offset the 0-for-3 in his first three plate appearances. He does get style points for his running catch into the wall in right-center, though.
  • Kid - Justin Grimm (-.050). Definitely made the game more interesting than it needed to be.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 28: Zobrist claws his way back into positive territory on the chart while Fowler and Grimm fall back to the starting line.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

4

4.5

2.5

23.5

Jake Arrieta

5

0

0

15

Addison Russell

2

4

1

15

Jon Lester

4

1

0

14

Ben Zobrist

3

1

3

14

Dexter Fowler

1

2

6

13

Jason Hammel

3

0

1

10

Kris Bryant

0.5

2.5

3

9.5

Jorge Soler

1

1

3

8

Miguel Montero

1.5

1

0.5

7

Kyle Hendricks

2

0

0

6

Jason Heyward

0

3

0

6

Tommy La Stella

0

2

2

6

Adam Warren

0

2

1

5

Hector Rondon

0

1

2

4

John Lackey

1

0

0

3

Matt Szczur

0

1

0

2

Pedro Strop

0

1

0

2

Tim Federowicz

0

1

0

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

1

27

Addison Russell

5

2

3

22

Kris Bryant

2.5

4.5

1

17.5

Dexter Fowler

3

1

2

13

Jorge Soler

2

2

3

13

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

Tim Federowicz

1

0

0

3

Javier Baez

0

1

1

3

Matt Szczur

0

1

1

3

Jon Lester

0

0

1

1

Justin Grimm

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

23.5

9.5

14

Jon Lester

14

1

13

Jason Hammel

10

0

10

Adam Warren

5

0

5

Ben Zobrist

14

10

4

Miguel Montero

7

5

2

Kyle Hendricks

6

4

2

Hector Rondon

4

3

1

Dexter Fowler

13

13

0

Justin Grimm

1

1

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Matt Szczur

2

3

-1

Tim Federowicz

2

3

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Travis Wood

0

1

-1

Pedro Strop

2

4

-2

Tommy La Stella

6

9

-3

John Lackey

3

6

-3

Javier Baez

0

3

-3

Jorge Soler

8

13

-5

David Ross

1

6

-5

Trevor Cahill

0

5

-5

Addison Russell

15

22

-7

Kris Bryant

9.5

17.5

-8

Jason Heyward

6

27

-21