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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 68

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There were plenty of opportunities on Monday night, but it was the final play of the game that landed Jason Heyward at the top of the Goats in the Cubs' 3-2 loss to the Cardinals.

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Graphs for Game 68 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 68 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 68:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T Cahill

1

0

0

0

0

2

0.7

.052

T Wood

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.65

.048

J Grimm

0.2

0

0

0

2

1

0.55

.018

C Richard

0.1

1

0

0

0

0

0.6

.017

J Lackey

6

7

2

3

3

6

0.93

-.031

Total

9

8

2

3

5

10

0.84

.104

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

B Zobrist

5

1

3

0

0

0

1

1.58

.107

K Bryant

3

1

1

0

1

0

0

1.27

.075

C Coghlan

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4.87

.053

J Baez

3

0

1

0

0

1

1

1.08

.027

A Rizzo

3

0

1

0

0

1

1

1.62

.008

J Lackey

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.7

-.038

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.91

-.048

A Almora

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

2.66

-.157

W Contreras

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

2.17

-.187

A Russell

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

2.09

-.202

J Heyward

5

0

1

0

0

0

1

2.41

-.242

Total

34

2

9

0

2

2

8

1.89

-.604

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 (.107). Did a lot of table-setting in Monday's game including his single in the ninth to put runners on the corners.
  • Hero - Kris Bryant (.075). A small fruit basket goes to Jaime Garcia for his wild pitch in the third which allowed Bryant to move up one step on the podium.
  • Sidekick - Chris Coghlan (.053). It's not often that you get on the podium courtesy of a pinch-hit plunking. It wouldn't have been enough if not for the play that immediately followed it.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jason Heyward (-.242). The stars were perfectly aligned... this was the quintessential chance for the Jason Heyward game. The trumpets were ready. The chorus was warmed up. And it ended in a broken-bat popout to second base.
  • Goat - Addison Russell (-.202). The month of June hasn't been kind to Addy; he's hitting .170 with a .599 OPS since the calendar turned.
  • Kid - Willson Contreras (-.187). It's a rite of passage for the new guy to find the Goat podium before he's allowed to make his way to the Hero side.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 68: The top of the chart remains mainly unchanged while Heyward sinks dangerously close to the minus-30 mark.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

6

7.5

6.5

39.5

Addison Russell

4

7

4

30

Jake Arrieta

9

1

0

29

Jon Lester

8

2

1

29

Kris Bryant

2.5

6.5

7

27.5

Ben Zobrist

6

2

5.5

27.5

Dexter Fowler

1

3

11

20

Jason Hammel

4

1

4

18

Miguel Montero

3.5

3

1.5

18

Kyle Hendricks

4

2

1

17

Jorge Soler

2

3

5

17

John Lackey

5

0

0

15

Travis Wood

4

1

1

15

Javier Baez

2

2

3

13

Tommy La Stella

1

3

3.5

12.5

Hector Rondon

2

2

2

12

Jason Heyward

0

6

0

12

David Ross

1

3

1

10

Pedro Strop

1

2

2

9

Albert Almora Jr.

2

1

0

8

Adam Warren

0

2.5

1.5

6.5

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

1

3

Ryan Kalish

0

1

0

2

Tim Federowicz

0

1

0

2

Chris Coghlan

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Addison Russell

9

9

5

50

Kris Bryant

6.5

8.5

5

41.5

Dexter Fowler

8

6

5

41

Jason Heyward

8

8

1

41

Anthony Rizzo

4

8

2.5

30.5

Jorge Soler

4

3

9

27

Ben Zobrist

3.5

4.5

6

25.5

Javier Baez

3

3

6

21

Adam Warren

4

1

0

14

Pedro Strop

2

2

1

11

David Ross

1

2

3.5

10.5

Tommy La Stella

2

0

4

10

Miguel Montero

1

3

1

10

Kyle Hendricks

2

1

1

9

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

Hector Rondon

1

1

0

5

Jason Hammel

0

2

1

5

Jon Lester

1

0

1

4

Tim Federowicz

1

0

1

4

Albert Almora Jr.

0

1

2

4

Justin Grimm

0

1

2

4

Chris Coghlan

1

0

0

3

Spencer Patton

0

1

0

2

Jake Arrieta

0

0

1

1

Kyle Schwarber

0

0

1

1

Willson Contreras

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Jake Arrieta

29

1

28

Jon Lester

29

4

25

Jason Hammel

18

5

13

Anthony Rizzo

39.5

30.5

9

John Lackey

15

6

9

Miguel Montero

18

10

8

Kyle Hendricks

17

9

8

Travis Wood

15

7

8

Hector Rondon

12

5

7

Albert Almora Jr.

8

4

4

Tommy La Stella

12.5

10

2.5

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Justin Grimm

4.5

4

0.5

Trevor Cahill

6

6

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

David Ross

10

10.5

-0.5

Ben Zobrist

27.5

25.5

2

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Willson Contreras

0

1

-1

Pedro Strop

9

11

-2

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Spencer Patton

0

2

-2

Clayton Richard

3

6

-3

Matt Szczur

3

6

-3

Chris Coghlan

1

3

-2

Adam Warren

6.5

14

-7.5

Javier Baez

13

21

-8

Jorge Soler

17

27

-10

Kris Bryant

27.5

41.5

-14

Addison Russell

30

50

-20

Dexter Fowler

20

41

-21

Jason Heyward

12

41

-29