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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 61

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Not content to settle for second place on the charts, Jon Lester matches Jake Arrieta with his eighth Superhero award of the season in Sunday's 13-2 victory.

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Graphs for Game 61 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 61 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 61:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lester

7

5

0

0

0

7

0.98

.220

A Warren

1

2

0

1

1

0

0.01

.000

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.000

Total

9

7

0

1

1

8

0.71

.220

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

D Ross

4

0

2

0

2

1

1

0.89

.195

A Rizzo

6

2

3

0

3

0

0

0.76

.146

J Heyward

4

3

3

0

0

2

0

0.53

.029

J Baez

5

2

2

1

3

0

1

0.69

.009

K Bryant

2

2

0

0

0

3

0

0.81

.001

A Almora

1

1

1

0

1

0

0

0.01

.001

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.000

T Federowicz

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.000

A Russell

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

.000

J Lester

3

0

0

0

1

0

1

0.76

-.004

D Fowler

5

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.62

-.015

B Zobrist

5

1

2

0

2

1

2

0.66

-.034

C Coghlan

3

2

1

0

0

1

1

1.09

-.047

Total

41

13

16

1

12

8

10

0.68

.280

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 - Jon Lester (.220). Fun Fact: With his Game Score of 72 on Sunday, it's the first time in his career that he's had three consecutive starts with a Game Score of 72 or better.
  • Hero - David Ross (.195). The hits don't always have to go far; they just have to find the right holes.
  • Sidekick - Anthony Rizzo (.146). Claims the final spot by leading off the scoring in the first with his double down the right field line.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Chris Coghlan (-.047). Just like in Saturday's game, the culprit for both Coghlan and the next guy down...
  • Goat - Ben Zobrist (-.034). ...was a missed opportunity with runners on second and third as both of them struck out in the first.
  • Kid - Dexter Fowler (-.015). His single in the third had him in positive territory for a bit, but then his strikeout to end the fourth ended up being his downfall.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 61: The starting pitching continues their domination of the charts as they have now racked up 28 Superheroes in the first 61 games.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

5

6.5

6.5

34.5

Jon Lester

8

2

1

29

Jake Arrieta

8

1

0

26

Ben Zobrist

5

2

5.5

24.5

Kris Bryant

2.5

5.5

6

24.5

Addison Russell

3

6

3

24

Dexter Fowler

1

3

11

20

Miguel Montero

3.5

3

1.5

18

Jason Hammel

4

1

3

17

Jorge Soler

2

3

5

17

John Lackey

5

0

0

15

Travis Wood

4

1

1

15

Kyle Hendricks

3

2

1

14

Tommy La Stella

1

3

3.5

12.5

Javier Baez

2

2

2

12

Jason Heyward

0

6

0

12

Hector Rondon

1

2

2

9

David Ross

1

2

1

8

Pedro Strop

1

1

2

7

Adam Warren

0

2.5

1.5

6.5

Trevor Cahill

0

3

0

6

Justin Grimm

0

0.5

2.5

3.5

Albert Almora Jr.

1

0

0

3

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

Addison Russell

9

7

4

45

Kris Bryant

6.5

8.5

4

40.5

Dexter Fowler

8

5

5

39

Jason Heyward

7

8

1

38

Anthony Rizzo

3

8

2.5

27.5

Jorge Soler

4

3

9

27

Ben Zobrist

3.5

4.5

4

23.5

Javier Baez

2

2

6

16

David Ross

1

2

3.5

10.5

Pedro Strop

2

2

0

10

Tommy La Stella

2

0

4

10

Adam Warren

2

1

0

8

Travis Wood

2

0

1

7

John Lackey

2

0

0

6

Kyle Hendricks

1

1

1

6

Trevor Cahill

1

1

1

6

Clayton Richard

1

0

3

6

Matt Szczur

0

2

2

6

Jason Hammel

0

2

1

5

Miguel Montero

0

2

1

5

Jon Lester

1

0

1

4

Tim Federowicz

1

0

1

4

Chris Coghlan

1

0

0

3

Hector Rondon

1

0

0

3

Justin Grimm

0

1

1

3

Spencer Patton

0

1

0

2

Albert Almora Jr.

0

0

2

2

Jake Arrieta

0

0

1

1

Kyle Schwarber

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Jon Lester

29

4

25

Jake Arrieta

26

1

25

Miguel Montero

18

5

13

Jason Hammel

17

5

12

John Lackey

15

6

9

Travis Wood

15

7

8

Kyle Hendricks

14

6

8

Anthony Rizzo

34.5

27.5

7

Hector Rondon

9

3

6

Tommy La Stella

12.5

10

2.5

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Ben Zobrist

24.5

23.5

1

Albert Almora Jr.

3

2

1

Justin Grimm

3.5

3

0.5

Trevor Cahill

6

6

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Adam Warren

6.5

8

-1.5

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Spencer Patton

0

2

-2

David Ross

8

10.5

-2.5

Pedro Strop

7

10

-3

Chris Coghlan

0

3

-3

Javier Baez

12

16

-4

Matt Szczur

2

6

-4

Clayton Richard

1

6

-5

Jorge Soler

17

27

-10

Kris Bryant

24.5

40.5

-16

Dexter Fowler

20

39

-19

Addison Russell

24

45

-21

Jason Heyward

12

38

-26