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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 78

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In the "Cause of Billy Goat" files for Thursday night, the bullpen meltdown wins the award with Joel Peralta's outing earning top honors in the Cubs' 4-3 loss.

Joel Peralta wasn't feeling too photogenic, so here's Brandon Nimmo getting the hit off of him instead.
Joel Peralta wasn't feeling too photogenic, so here's Brandon Nimmo getting the hit off of him instead.
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Sometimes you just need a cute baby photo to make things better. #ThatsNotHowStropWearsItThough

Graphs for Game 78 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 78 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 78:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lackey

6.1

5

1

2

2

5

1.25

.223

T Cahill

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.33

.024

P Strop

0.2

0

0

0

0

1

1.86

-.240

J Peralta

0

1

0

1

1

0

2.79

-.341

Total

8

6

1

3

3

7

1.32

-.334

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

B Zobrist

5

1

2

0

0

0

1

1.51

.336

M Montero

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

2.73

.115

A Russell

1

0

0

0

0

3

0

1.07

.033

A Rizzo

4

0

1

0

0

1

0

1.34

-.007

A Almora

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.4

-.007

K Bryant

5

1

1

1

2

0

2

1.53

-.029

M Szczur

3

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.53

-.039

J Lackey

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.58

-.040

C Coghlan

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

3.14

-.083

J Heyward

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

4.18

-.101

W Contreras

4

0

1

0

0

1

2

2.44

-.116

J Baez

5

1

2

1

1

0

2

2.89

-.229

Total

35

3

9

2

3

6

12

1.64

-.166

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 (.336). You can't ask for much more table-setting than what he delivered Thursday night, giving the Cubs two runners in scoring position with nobody out in the ninth.
  • Hero - John Lackey (.223). Cruised through the first four innings and fought his way out of a couple of big jams in the fifth and the sixth.
  • Sidekick - Miguel Montero (.115). He gets the junior table-setter award for his pinch-hit walk to start the ninth.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Joel Peralta (-.341). Two batters faced, one walk, one single through the middle. And one impending sense of doom.
  • Goat - Pedro Strop (-.240). It's safe to say that a lot of this podium spot is due to events that he didn't control, namely the error that occurred behind him made by...
  • Kid - Javier Baez (-.229). ...but I guess this is karma's way of evening the scales. That and a popout to end the game with the bases loaded.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 78: Lackey breaks the tie with Montero for sixth place, moving the starting rotation into five of the top six spots on the chart.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

6

10.5

7.5

46.5

Addison Russell

6

7

4

36

Jon Lester

9

3

1

34

Ben Zobrist

7

2

6.5

31.5

Kris Bryant

3.5

6.5

8

31.5

Jake Arrieta

9

1

0

29

Miguel Montero

3.5

4

2.5

21

Kyle Hendricks

5

2

1

20

Dexter Fowler

1

3

11

20

Jason Hammel

4

1

5

19

John Lackey

5

1

0

17

Travis Wood

4

2

1

17

Jorge Soler

2

3

5

17

Jason Heyward

1

6

2

17

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

8

26

Pedro Strop

3

3

1

16

Adam Warren

4

1

0

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

Justin Grimm

2

1

2

10

Tommy La Stella

2

0

4

10

John Lackey

3

0

0

9

Albert Almora Jr.

1

1

4

9

Hector Rondon

2

1

0

8

Matt Szczur

0

3

2

8

Chris Coghlan

1

1

1

6

Trevor Cahill

1

1

1

6

Clayton Richard

1

0

3

6

Jason Hammel

0

2

2

6

Jake Arrieta

1

0

1

4

Jon Lester

1

0

1

4

Tim Federowicz

1

0

1

4

Joel Peralta

1

0

0

3

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

46.5

30.5

16

Jason Hammel

19

6

13

Kyle Hendricks

20

11

9

John Lackey

17

9

8

Miguel Montero

21

14

7

Travis Wood

17

10

7

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

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Ben Zobrist

31.5

31.5

0

Trevor Cahill

6

6

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Albert Almora Jr.

8

9

-1

Joel Peralta

2

3

-1

Gerardo Concepcion

1

2

-1

Spencer Patton

1

2

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Chris Coghlan

3

6

-3

Clayton Richard

3

6

-3

Justin Grimm

6.5

10

-3.5

Matt Szczur

3

8

-5

Pedro Strop

9

16

-7

Adam Warren

6.5

14

-7.5

Kris Bryant

31.5

41.5

-10

Jorge Soler

17

27

-10

Javier Baez

13

26

-13

Addison Russell

36

50

-14

Dexter Fowler

20

41

-21

Jason Heyward

17

43

-26