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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 92

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While Anthony Rizzo was busy providing the early fireworks, it was the seven-plus strong innings from Jon Lester that gave him his team-leading tenth Superhero of the season in the Cubs' 5-1 win on Monday night.

It's that steely stare.
It's that steely stare.
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Graphs for Game 92 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 92 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 92:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lester

7.2

4

1

1

3

3

0.9

.305

H Rondon

0.2

0

0

0

0

0

0.96

.032

P Strop

0.1

0

0

0

0

1

1.03

.017

C Edwards Jr.

0.1

2

0

0

0

0

0.28

-.019

Total

9

6

1

1

3

4

0.86

.334

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

4

1

1

1

3

0

1

1

.211

J Baez

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0.73

.062

A Russell

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.52

.006

K Bryant

3

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.76

.005

D Ross

2

0

0

0

1

1

0

0.42

-.003

A Almora

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0.53

-.025

W Contreras

4

0

1

0

0

0

3

0.51

-.028

M Szczur

4

2

3

0

0

0

1

0.62

-.028

J Lester

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.53

-.034

Total

31

5

10

1

5

1

8

0.63

.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 Ramirez Catalyst of Game 92: After going ahead in the count 2-0 and then falling back to 2-2, Anthony Rizzo fouls off five straight pitches before cranking a changeup into the right-center bleachers for a three-run homer, giving the Cubs a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third. WPA impact: +.243.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Jon Lester (.305). Okay, who had Lester reaching ten Superheroes before anyone else on the team? Put your hands down, you fibbers.
  • Hero - Anthony Rizzo (.211). He would have had more, maybe even enough for the top spot, if not for a diving stop by Wilmer Flores in the first.
  • Sidekick - Javier Baez (.062). Javy the Table-Setter? It has a strange yet satisfying ring to it.

THE THREE GOATS: Everyone takes one step up as Lester's -.034 hitting is moved out.  It's the ninth podium bump that he has caused this season, two ahead of anyone else in the rotation (Jake Arrieta, 7).

  • Billy Goat / Goat #1 (tie) - Matt Szczur (-.028). Yup... 3-for-4, and it was still the lowest WPA on the evening. How, you ask? Well, I call it the Bryant maneuver with a twist: Don't get a hit in your first at-bat, then get three hits when the score's already a bit lopsided, with the twist being that the one hit when the game is closest gets nullified when...
  • Billy Goat / Goat #2 (tie) - Willson Contreras (-.028). ...gets thrown out at home on Szczur's single to end the third. I guess that Contreras' penance was that he also made the chart thanks to his three strikeouts.
  • Kid - Albert Almora Jr. (-.025). Had Yoenis Cespedes not made the error on Almora's single in the eighth, there possibly could have been a three-way tie for the top spot.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 92: The dogfight for the top of the chart continues as Rizzo and Lester both make strides away from the rest of the pack.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

9

14.5

8

64

Addison Russell

8

9

5

47

Kris Bryant

5.5

6.5

9

38.5

Jon Lester

10

3

1

37

Ben Zobrist

7

3

7.5

34.5

Jake Arrieta

9

1

0

29

Jason Heyward

2

8

3

25

Kyle Hendricks

6

2

2

24

Miguel Montero

4.5

4

2.5

24

Jason Hammel

5

1

5

22

Dexter Fowler

1

3

11

20

Travis Wood

4

3

1

19

Javier Baez

2

4

5

19

John Lackey

5

1

0

17

Jorge Soler

2

3

5

17

Hector Rondon

2

2

4

14

David Ross

2

3

1.5

13.5

Tommy La Stella

1

3

3.5

12.5

Willson Contreras

3

0

2

11

Adam Warren

1

2.5

1.5

9.5

Pedro Strop

1

2

2

9

Albert Almora Jr.

2

1

0

8

Trevor Cahill

0

3

0.5

6.5

Justin Grimm

0

1.5

3.5

6.5

Matt Szczur

0

2

2

6

Chris Coghlan

0

1

1

3

Clayton Richard

0

1

1

3

Jeimer Candelario

0

1

0

2

Joel Peralta

0

1

0

2

Ryan Kalish

0

1

0

2

Tim Federowicz

0

1

0

2

Spencer Patton

0

0

1.5

1.5

Carl Edwards Jr.

0

0

1

1

Gerardo Concepcion

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Addison Russell

10

10

7

57

Jason Heyward

9

10

2

49

Kris Bryant

6.5

8.5

7

43.5

Ben Zobrist

5.5

7.5

10

41.5

Dexter Fowler

8

6

5

41

Anthony Rizzo

5

9

2.5

35.5

Javier Baez

4

3

9

27

Jorge Soler

4

3

9

27

John Lackey

5

1

0

17

Adam Warren

4

2

0

16

Pedro Strop

3

3

1

16

Miguel Montero

1

4

3

14

Travis Wood

3

1

2

13

Willson Contreras

0.5

4.5

2

12.5

Albert Almora Jr.

1

2

5

12

Matt Szczur

0.5

3.5

3

11.5

Kyle Hendricks

2

2

1

11

David Ross

1

2

3.5

10.5

Jake Arrieta

3

0

1

10

Jon Lester

3

0

1

10

Justin Grimm

2

1

2

10

Tommy La Stella

2

0

4

10

Hector Rondon

2

1

1

9

Trevor Cahill

2

1

1

9

Jason Hammel

1

2

2

9

Chris Coghlan

1

1

1

6

Clayton Richard

1

0

3

6

Tim Federowicz

1

0

1

4

Jeimer Candelario

0

2

0

4

Joel Peralta

1

0

0

3

Gerardo Concepcion

0

1

0

2

Spencer Patton

0

1

0

2

Carl Edwards Jr.

0

0

1

1

Kyle Schwarber

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

64

35.5

28.5

Jon Lester

37

10

27

Jake Arrieta

29

10

19

Kyle Hendricks

24

11

13

Jason Hammel

22

9

13

Miguel Montero

24

14

10

Travis Wood

19

13

6

Hector Rondon

14

9

5

David Ross

13.5

10.5

3

Tommy La Stella

12.5

10

2.5

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

John Lackey

17

17

0

Carl Edwards Jr.

1

1

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Spencer Patton

1.5

2

-0.5

Joel Peralta

2

3

-1

Gerardo Concepcion

1

2

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Willson Contreras

11

12.5

-1.5

Jeimer Candelario

2

4

-2

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Trevor Cahill

6.5

9

-2.5

Chris Coghlan

3

6

-3

Clayton Richard

3

6

-3

Justin Grimm

6.5

10

-3.5

Albert Almora Jr.

8

12

-4

Kris Bryant

38.5

43.5

-5

Matt Szczur

6

11.5

-5.5

Adam Warren

9.5

16

-6.5

Ben Zobrist

34.5

41.5

-7

Pedro Strop

9

16

-7

Javier Baez

19

27

-8

Addison Russell

47

57

-10

Jorge Soler

17

27

-10

Dexter Fowler

20

41

-21

Jason Heyward

25

49

-24