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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 76

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Although the game ended long after he was done, it was Jon Lester's seven-plus innings of three-hit ball that moved him to the top of the Hero podium for the ninth time this season.

Hey, ANY opportunity that you get to showcase Jon Lester doing something with the bat, you have to take it. It's in the rules.
Hey, ANY opportunity that you get to showcase Jon Lester doing something with the bat, you have to take it. It's in the rules.
David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

No, you're not reading that box score incorrectly.

Graphs for Game 76 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 76 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 76:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lester

7.2

3

1

1

1

4

0.98

.379

J Peralta

0.2

0

0

0

0

0

4.3

.207

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

0

2

1.8

.136

C Edwards Jr.

1

0

0

0

0

2

1.8

.136

S Patton

0.2

0

0

0

0

0

1.81

.092

T Cahill

1.1

2

0

0

0

2

2.06

.065

T Wood

1.1

1

0

0

0

2

0.36

.051

H Rondon

1.1

2

0

1

0

1

4.34

-.235

Total

15

8

1

2

1

13

1.69

.831

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

5

1

1

0

0

2

1

1.07

.188

B Zobrist

6

2

2

1

1

1

2

1.26

.080

J Lester

3

0

1

0

1

0

2

0.75

.072

J Heyward

6

0

1

0

0

1

3

1.71

.058

K Bryant

5

1

1

0

1

2

1

1.97

.016

T Wood

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.31

-.033

J Hammel

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1.69

-.050

D Ross

4

0

0

0

0

1

1

1.44

-.054

M Szczur

7

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.91

-.077

J Baez

7

1

1

1

4

0

1

1.53

-.080

A Russell

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

3.44

-.081

W Contreras

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.79

-.083

M Montero

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2.05

-.102

C Coghlan

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

3.55

-.183

Total

54

7

9

2

7

7

13

1.45

-.331

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 (.379). Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the first member of the 2016 plus-30 club.
  • Hero - Joel Peralta (.207). Imagine the largest fruit basket you can possibly think of. Then multiply that by at least three and that's what Peralta probably will be sending to Ben Zobrist for his game-saving leaping grab in the 13th.
  • Sidekick - Anthony Rizzo (.188). In extra innings: Two walks, one intentional, plus an error by Joey Votto that landed Rizzo on second base.  And before extra innings, one heck of a catch reaching into the stands for a hefty share of style points.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Hector Rondon (-.235). Think of it this way: If it weren't for his blown save, we would have never been able to witness the hijinks that followed for the next six innings.
  • Goat - Chris Coghlan (-.183). Two chances in extras with runners on that ended in a fielder's choice and a popout to third.
  • Kid - Miguel Montero (-.102). An uneventful 0-for-2 magnified heavily by the fact that it occurred from the 12th inning onward.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 76: Lester opens up a five-point gap on the rest of the field.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

6

9.5

7.5

44.5

Addison Russell

6

7

4

36

Jon Lester

9

3

1

34

Kris Bryant

3.5

6.5

7

30.5

Jake Arrieta

9

1

0

29

Ben Zobrist

6

2

6.5

28.5

Miguel Montero

3.5

4

1.5

20

Dexter Fowler

1

3

11

20

Jason Hammel

4

1

5

19

Kyle Hendricks

4

2

1

17

Travis Wood

4

2

1

17

Jorge Soler

2

3

5

17

Jason Heyward

1

6

2

17

John Lackey

5

0

0

15

David Ross

2

3

1

13

Hector Rondon

2

2

3

13

Javier Baez

2

2

3

13

Tommy La Stella

1

3

3.5

12.5

Pedro Strop

1

2

2

9

Albert Almora Jr.

2

1

0

8

Adam Warren

0

2.5

1.5

6.5

Justin Grimm

0

1.5

3.5

6.5

Willson Contreras

2

0

0

6

Trevor Cahill

0

3

0

6

Chris Coghlan

0

1

1

3

Clayton Richard

0

1

1

3

Matt Szczur

0

1

1

3

Joel Peralta

0

1

0

2

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

Ben Zobrist

3.5

6.5

8

31.5

Anthony Rizzo

4

8

2.5

30.5

Jorge Soler

4

3

9

27

Javier Baez

4

3

7

25

Adam Warren

4

1

0

14

Pedro Strop

3

2

1

14

Miguel Montero

1

4

3

14

Kyle Hendricks

2

2

1

11

David Ross

1

2

3.5

10.5

Travis Wood

3

0

1

10

Tommy La Stella

2

0

4

10

John Lackey

3

0

0

9

Hector Rondon

2

1

0

8

Albert Almora Jr.

1

1

3

8

Justin Grimm

1

1

2

7

Chris Coghlan

1

1

1

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

Jake Arrieta

1

0

1

4

Jon Lester

1

0

1

4

Tim Federowicz

1

0

1

4

Willson Contreras

0

1

1

3

Gerardo Concepcion

0

1

0

2

Spencer Patton

0

1

0

2

Kyle Schwarber

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Jon Lester

34

4

30

Jake Arrieta

29

4

25

Anthony Rizzo

44.5

30.5

14

Jason Hammel

19

6

13

Travis Wood

17

10

7

Miguel Montero

20

14

6

Kyle Hendricks

17

11

6

John Lackey

15

9

6

Hector Rondon

13

8

5

Willson Contreras

6

3

3

David Ross

13

10.5

2.5

Tommy La Stella

12.5

10

2.5

Joel Peralta

2

0

2

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Albert Almora Jr.

8

8

0

Trevor Cahill

6

6

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Justin Grimm

6.5

7

-0.5

Gerardo Concepcion

1

2

-1

Spencer Patton

1

2

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Ben Zobrist

28.5

31.5

-3

Chris Coghlan

3

6

-3

Clayton Richard

3

6

-3

Matt Szczur

3

6

-3

Pedro Strop

9

14

-5

Adam Warren

6.5

14

-7.5

Jorge Soler

17

27

-10

Kris Bryant

30.5

41.5

-11

Javier Baez

13

25

-12

Addison Russell

36

50

-14

Dexter Fowler

20

41

-21

Jason Heyward

17

43

-26