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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 58

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John Lackey's hot streak continues as he picks up his third straight Superhero award in Wednesday's 8-1 win.

"So, Miggy... what did you think of that throw by the kid?"
"So, Miggy... what did you think of that throw by the kid?"
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The hilarity of David Ross continues. You've gotta love the guy.

Graphs for Game 58 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 58 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 58:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lackey

7

3

0

0

0

8

0.78

.348

P Strop

1

0

0

0

0

3

0.02

.001

C Richard

1

0

0

0

1

0

0.02

.001

Total

9

3

0

0

1

11

0.59

.350

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Baez

4

0

4

0

3

0

0

1.13

.269

K Bryant

5

2

2

1

2

0

2

0.67

.126

B Zobrist

4

2

2

1

1

0

0

0.55

.088

M Montero

3

1

1

0

0

1

0

0.69

.086

J Heyward

4

1

2

0

0

1

1

0.59

.057

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.01

.000

A Almora

4

1

1

0

1

0

1

0.55

-.054

A Rizzo

5

1

1

0

1

0

1

0.58

-.083

J Lackey

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.3

-.128

D Fowler

5

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.02

-.211

Total

37

8

13

2

8

2

7

0.74

.150

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 - John Lackey (.348). Fun Fact: He's allowed a total of six runs in his last six starts.
  • Hero - Javier Baez (.269). As Al mentioned in his recap, it's the first time that Baez has recorded four hits in the big leagues. He did it eight times in the minors, the last time being August 30, 2015.
  • Sidekick - Kris Bryant (.126). Don't you just love that feeling when you hear the ball leave the bat and you instantly know that it's going to go a long, long way?

THE THREE GOATS: The bump meter climbs to 28 on the season, 20 from the Goats, as Lackey's -.128 hitting is moved out.

  • Billy Goat - Dexter Fowler (-.211). He's run into a podium funk of his own, with his last four podium appearances all being on the Goat side.
  • Goat - Anthony Rizzo (-.083). Am I the only one who thinks that it feels weird to see Rizzo in the middle of the plus/minus chart? After dominating it for the past two years, it's just odd seeing him well behind the pack. It's not bad, mind you... just odd.
  • Kid - Albert Almora Jr. (-.054). He did pick up his first major-league hit late in the game, and there are plenty of style points heading his way for that throw of his in the first to nail Odubel Herrera at the plate.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 58: Lackey continues his push toward the front as the starting rotation now holds five of the top six spots on the plus/minus chart.

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

6

24.5

Addison Russell

3

6

3

24

Jake Arrieta

7

1

0

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

John Lackey

5

0

0

15

Travis Wood

4

1

0

14

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

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

7

8

1

38

Dexter Fowler

7

5

4

35

Anthony Rizzo

3

8

2.5

27.5

Jorge Soler

4

3

9

27

Ben Zobrist

3.5

3.5

4

21.5

Javier Baez

1

2

6

13

David Ross

1

2

3.5

10.5

Pedro Strop

2

2

0

10

Tommy La Stella

2

0

4

10

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

Albert Almora Jr.

0

0

1

1

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

John Lackey

15

6

9

Kyle Hendricks

14

6

8

Travis Wood

14

7

7

Hector Rondon

9

3

6

Anthony Rizzo

32.5

27.5

5

Ben Zobrist

24.5

21.5

3

Tommy La Stella

12.5

10

2.5

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Justin Grimm

3.5

3

0.5

Trevor Cahill

6

6

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Javier Baez

12

13

-1

Albert Almora Jr.

0

1

-1

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

Matt Szczur

2

6

-4

David Ross

6

10.5

-4.5

Clayton Richard

1

6

-5

Jorge Soler

17

27

-10

Kris Bryant

24.5

38.5

-14

Dexter Fowler

18

35

-17

Addison Russell

24

44

-20

Jason Heyward

12

38

-26