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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 70

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Jake Arrieta's bid to become the first member of the plus-30 club falls short in Wednesday's 7-2 loss... but the other side of the chart was open for business.

No, Willson Contreras was not the Billy Goat on Wednesday.  It just felt like the kind of day to post the photo of the good news. That and the Billy Goat was hiding from the camera.
No, Willson Contreras was not the Billy Goat on Wednesday. It just felt like the kind of day to post the photo of the good news. That and the Billy Goat was hiding from the camera.
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The Cubs once again leave the locker room distraught after another loss...

Graphs for Game 70 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 70 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 70:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

S Patton

2

0

0

0

1

3

0.04

.005

J Arrieta

5

4

0

1

4

6

1.38

-.019

C Edwards

1.2

2

1

1

0

3

0.06

-.022

J Grimm

0.1

3

0

4

0

0

0.73

-.171

Total

9

9

1

6

5

12

0.84

-.207

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

W Contreras

1

1

1

1

2

0

0

0.08

.012

C Coghlan

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.6

.006

A Russell

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.04

.004

A Almora

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.16

.004

A Rizzo

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.96

.001

K Bryant

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.28

.000

S Patton

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.3

-.007

J Arrieta

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.46

-.012

M Szczur

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.61

-.030

M Montero

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.83

-.042

J Baez

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.65

-.048

B Zobrist

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.95

-.072

J Heyward

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.65

-.109

Total

28

2

3

1

2

3

5

0.55

-.293

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 - Willson Contreras (.012). With his basket shot in the seventh, he earns the unfortunate honor of being the Superhero with the lowest WPA of the season. But somebody had to do it, and you might as well do it with style.
  • Hero - Chris Coghlan (.006). An 0-for-3 day with a double play and he takes the second step thanks to a fourth-inning leadoff walk.
  • Sidekick - Spencer Patton (.005). A much better outing than his first trip to the big leagues.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Justin Grimm (-.171). It feels like the dreaded middle-reliever funk is setting in with the Reaper.
  • Goat - Jason Heyward (-.109). And with Wednesday's game, the minus-30 club has its first member of the season.
  • Kid - Ben Zobrist (-.072). Had the Cubs' only opportunity with a runner in scoring position while the game was still close... and grounded out to second.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 70: The top of the chart goes silent while Heyward once again slides further into the muck.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

6

8.5

6.5

41.5

Addison Russell

5

7

4

33

Jake Arrieta

9

1

0

29

Jon Lester

8

2

1

29

Ben Zobrist

6

2

5.5

27.5

Kris Bryant

2.5

6.5

7

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

Willson Contreras

1

0

0

3

Chris Coghlan

0

1

1

3

Clayton Richard

0

1

1

3

Matt Szczur

0

1

1

3

Ryan Kalish

0

1

0

2

Tim Federowicz

0

1

0

2

Gerardo Concepcion

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Spencer Patton

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Addison Russell

9

9

5

50

Jason Heyward

8

9

1

43

Kris Bryant

6.5

8.5

5

41.5

Dexter Fowler

8

6

5

41

Anthony Rizzo

4

8

2.5

30.5

Ben Zobrist

3.5

5.5

7

28.5

Jorge Soler

4

3

9

27

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

Albert Almora Jr.

1

1

2

7

Justin Grimm

1

1

2

7

John Lackey

2

0

0

6

Trevor Cahill

1

1

1

6

Clayton Richard

1

0

3

6

Jason Hammel

0

2

2

6

Matt Szczur

0

2

2

6

Hector Rondon

1

1

0

5

Jon Lester

1

0

1

4

Tim Federowicz

1

0

1

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

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Willson Contreras

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Jake Arrieta

29

1

28

Jon Lester

29

4

25

Jason Hammel

18

6

12

Anthony Rizzo

41.5

30.5

11

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

Tommy La Stella

12.5

10

2.5

Willson Contreras

3

1

2

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Albert Almora Jr.

8

7

1

Gerardo Concepcion

1

0

1

Trevor Cahill

6

6

0

Chris Coghlan

3

3

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

David Ross

10

10.5

-0.5

Ben Zobrist

27.5

28.5

-1

Spencer Patton

1

2

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Pedro Strop

9

11

-2

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Justin Grimm

4.5

7

-2.5

Clayton Richard

3

6

-3

Matt Szczur

3

6

-3

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

33

50

-17

Dexter Fowler

20

41

-21

Jason Heyward

12

43

-31