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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 56

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Jon Lester delivers another gem over eight innings on his way to his second straight Superhero award and his seventh of the season.

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Fun Fact #1 from Monday's Game:

Graphs for Game 56 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 56 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 56:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lester

8

4

0

0

0

9

0.72

.343

H Rondon

1

2

1

1

0

1

1.15

.038

J Grimm

0

3

1

3

0

0

0.22

-.035

Total

9

9

2

4

0

10

0.74

.346

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Heyward

4

1

1

1

2

0

0

0.76

.152

K Bryant

5

2

3

0

1

0

0

0.64

.094

J Soler

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

1.17

.077

D Fowler

4

2

3

0

0

0

1

0.57

.050

J Lester

4

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.37

.022

A Rizzo

5

0

3

0

2

0

1

0.63

.012

M Szczur

2

0

0

0

1

0

1

0.22

.006

D Ross

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.51

-.051

A Russell

5

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.79

-.101

J Baez

5

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.77

-.107

Total

40

6

13

1

6

0

8

0.64

.154

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 (.343). Fun Fact #2: With his Game Score of 83 in Monday night's outing, it's the first time in Lester's career that he's had back-to-back games with a Game Score above 80.
  • Hero - Jason Heyward (.152). Congratulations on homer number 100, Jason! May you have many more in a Cub uniform over the years.
  • Sidekick - Kris Bryant (.094). Even without the fan interference on his ground-rule double in the first, it probably wouldn't have been enough to move him into second place on the night. But a 3-for-5 night with two doubles is still plenty good.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Javier Baez (-.107). He did launch a bat past third base, so there's that.
  • Goat - Addison Russell (-.101). That's now nine podium appearances in the last 15 games, all on the Goats.
  • Kid - David Ross (-.051). A pretty uneventful 0-for-4 evening.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 56: Lester pulls into a tie at the top of the charts while Russell finds himself now just two points away from the cellar.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

5

6.5

4.5

32.5

Jon Lester

7

2

1

26

Ben Zobrist

5

2

5.5

24.5

Kris Bryant

2.5

5.5

5

23.5

Jake Arrieta

7

1

0

23

Addison Russell

3

6

2

23

Dexter Fowler

1

2

11

18

Jason Hammel

4

1

3

17

Jorge Soler

2

3

5

17

Miguel Montero

3.5

2

1.5

16

Travis Wood

4

1

0

14

Kyle Hendricks

3

2

1

14

John Lackey

4

0

0

12

Jason Heyward

0

6

0

12

Tommy La Stella

0

3

3.5

9.5

Hector Rondon

1

2

2

9

Javier Baez

2

0

2

8

Pedro Strop

1

1

2

7

Adam Warren

0

2.5

1.5

6.5

David Ross

1

1

1

6

Trevor Cahill

0

3

0

6

Justin Grimm

0

0.5

2.5

3.5

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

3

44

Kris Bryant

6.5

7.5

4

38.5

Jason Heyward

6

8

1

35

Dexter Fowler

6

4

4

30

Jorge Soler

4

3

9

27

Anthony Rizzo

3

7

2.5

25.5

Ben Zobrist

3.5

3.5

4

21.5

Javier Baez

1

2

6

13

Pedro Strop

2

2

0

10

Tommy La Stella

2

0

4

10

David Ross

1

2

2.5

9.5

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

Miguel Montero

0

2

1

5

Jon Lester

1

0

1

4

Tim Federowicz

1

0

1

4

Hector Rondon

1

0

0

3

Jason Hammel

0

1

1

3

Justin Grimm

0

1

1

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

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Jon Lester

26

4

22

Jake Arrieta

23

1

22

Jason Hammel

17

3

14

Miguel Montero

16

5

11

Kyle Hendricks

14

6

8

Anthony Rizzo

32.5

25.5

7

Travis Wood

14

7

7

John Lackey

12

6

6

Hector Rondon

9

3

6

Ben Zobrist

24.5

21.5

3

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Justin Grimm

3.5

3

0.5

Trevor Cahill

6

6

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Tommy La Stella

9.5

10

-0.5

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Adam Warren

6.5

8

-1.5

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Spencer Patton

0

2

-2

Pedro Strop

7

10

-3

David Ross

6

9.5

-3.5

Matt Szczur

2

6

-4

Javier Baez

8

13

-5

Clayton Richard

1

6

-5

Jorge Soler

17

27

-10

Dexter Fowler

18

30

-12

Kris Bryant

23.5

38.5

-15

Addison Russell

23

44

-21

Jason Heyward

12

35

-23