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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 63

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No doubt about this one: Albert Almora Jr. picks up the Superhero on Tuesday night with his double in the ninth to push the Cubs to a 4-3 victory.

"Hey, Albert... what's your secret for getting to the top of the Hero podium?"
"Hey, Albert... what's your secret for getting to the top of the Hero podium?"
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What does Team Bryzzo think of Almora's clutch hit on Tuesday night?

Graphs for Game 63 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 63 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 63:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

P Strop

1

0

0

0

0

2

2.97

.223

H Rondon

1.2

1

0

0

0

1

3.02

-.007

T Wood

0.1

0

0

1

1

0

3.22

-.008

J Lackey

6

4

0

2

2

7

1.44

-.025

Total

9

5

0

3

3

10

1.92

.184

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Almora

1

0

1

0

1

0

0

3.27

.299

A Russell

2

1

0

0

0

2

1

1.21

.066

B Zobrist

3

1

1

0

0

1

1

0.91

.059

J Heyward

5

0

1

0

2

0

1

1.27

.056

D Ross

2

0

1

0

1

1

1

1.67

.052

D Fowler

5

1

2

0

0

0

1

0.95

.001

J Lackey

2

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.94

-.027

K Bryant

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.67

-.037

J Baez

4

0

0

0

0

0

3

0.9

-.073

A Rizzo

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.79

-.080

Total

31

4

7

0

4

5

12

1.1

.316

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 - Albert Almora Jr. (.299). He's appeared in seven games and has already topped the Heroes twice. I'd call that a nice start to a major-league career.
  • Hero - Pedro Strop (.223). Came into the game facing an absolute mess in the seventh inning and walked away with only a sacrifice fly marked against him.
  • Sidekick - Addison Russell (.066). Set the table for Almora's heroics in the ninth with his leadoff walk.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Anthony Rizzo (-.080). Couldn't find the hit board on Tuesday night, with his best chance snuffed out on a nice play by Ben Revere in the fifth.
  • Goat - Javier Baez (-.073). Also hitless on the night with three strikeouts and a sawed-off bat on a grounder back to the pitcher.
  • Kid - Kris Bryant (-.037). It's now the eighth time this season that he's appeared on the Goats with a WPA of -.040 or better.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 62: The top and bottom of the chart remain unchanged with all of the action falling in the middle on Tuesday night.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

5

6.5

6.5

34.5

Jon Lester

8

2

1

29

Addison Russell

4

6

4

28

Jake Arrieta

8

1

0

26

Ben Zobrist

5

2

5.5

24.5

Kris Bryant

2.5

5.5

6

24.5

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

Pedro Strop

1

2

2

9

David Ross

1

2

1

8

Adam Warren

0

2.5

1.5

6.5

Albert Almora Jr.

2

0

0

6

Trevor Cahill

0

3

0

6

Justin Grimm

0

0.5

3.5

4.5

Clayton Richard

0

1

1

3

Matt Szczur

0

1

0

2

Ryan Kalish

0

1

0

2

Tim Federowicz

0

1

0

2

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Addison Russell

9

7

4

45

Kris Bryant

6.5

8.5

5

41.5

Dexter Fowler

8

6

5

41

Jason Heyward

7

8

1

38

Anthony Rizzo

4

8

2.5

30.5

Jorge Soler

4

3

9

27

Ben Zobrist

3.5

4.5

5

24.5

Javier Baez

2

3

6

18

David Ross

1

2

3.5

10.5

Pedro Strop

2

2

0

10

Tommy La Stella

2

0

4

10

Kyle Hendricks

2

1

1

9

Adam Warren

2

1

0

8

Travis Wood

2

0

1

7

John Lackey

2

0

0

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

Hector Rondon

9

3

6

Kyle Hendricks

14

9

5

Anthony Rizzo

34.5

30.5

4

Albert Almora Jr.

6

2

4

Tommy La Stella

12.5

10

2.5

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Justin Grimm

4.5

3

1.5

Ben Zobrist

24.5

24.5

0

Trevor Cahill

6

6

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Pedro Strop

9

10

-1

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

Clayton Richard

3

6

-3

Chris Coghlan

0

3

-3

Matt Szczur

2

6

-4

Javier Baez

12

18

-6

Jorge Soler

17

27

-10

Addison Russell

28

45

-17

Kris Bryant

24.5

41.5

-17

Dexter Fowler

20

41

-21

Jason Heyward

12

38

-26