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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 96

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John Lackey finds his way to the Goats once again, but not to the top spot as two big strikeouts by Javier Baez take him to the head of the Goat podium in Saturday's 6-1 loss.

Why exactly is Ben Zobrist pictured here? Well, we wouldn't want to spoil it here now. (That and Javier Baez was feeling camera-shy.)
Why exactly is Ben Zobrist pictured here? Well, we wouldn't want to spoil it here now. (That and Javier Baez was feeling camera-shy.)
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There could be some truth to this statement...

Graphs for Game 96 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 96 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 96:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Warren

1.2

1

0

2

1

1

0.48

.063

C Richard

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.45

-.037

M Montgomery

0.1

1

1

1

0

0

0.24

-.056

J Lackey

6

5

2

3

2

5

0.61

-.095

Total

8

8

3

6

3

6

0.56

-.125

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Russell

3

0

1

0

1

1

1

0.86

.073

B Zobrist

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0.68

-.008

A Rizzo

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.53

-.025

W Contreras

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.92

-.026

J Heyward

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.85

-.030

J Lackey

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.66

-.034

K Bryant

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.66

-.042

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2.49

-.064

D Fowler

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.98

-.100

J Baez

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.63

-.119

Total

32

1

6

0

1

2

7

0.89

-.375

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 Gonzalez Mishap of Game 96: After fouling off five straight pitches -- and giving Ryan Braun plenty of wind sprints between first and second base in the process -- Jonathan Lucroy finally gets the best of John Lackey on the 12th pitch of his at-bat and belts a two-run shot off of the Club Goodwill sign in left-center to give the Brewers an early 2-0 lead. WPA impact: -.185.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Addison Russell (.073). Came pretty close to getting the top spot by default, as he was the only Cub to drive in a run, but he did get a bit of an unexpected challenge from...
  • Hero - Adam Warren (.063). ...who had to clean up a mess inherited by Clayton Richard and just barely got out of it before he left a mess of his own for Mike Montgomery to try and clean up. Montgomery didn't have quite the same luck, giving up a three-run shot to Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
  • Sidekick - Ben Zobrist (-.008). Perhaps this is the "Reverse Bryant Maneuver". Or the "Bryant Foil". Make an out in your first at-bat with a runner on; get two hits later, one of which occurs when the score is lopsided, but despite all that still find your way to the top three of the night as the Anti-Hero. I'm telling you, this is how karma and the WPA overlords work their magic to occasionally even the scales out.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Javier Baez (-.119). Two opportunities with runners in scoring position, including a big one with two on and one out in the seventh, and whiffed on both of them.
  • Goat - Dexter Fowler (-.100). Well... we still missed you.
  • Kid - John Lackey (-.095). Saved from the top step of the podium thanks to what ended up being a quality start. At least by the book definition of the metric.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 96: Russell continues his charge back to even ground while Lackey becomes the only member of the rotation to be in negative numbers.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

9

14.5

9

65

Addison Russell

9

10

7

54

Kris Bryant

5.5

6.5

9

38.5

Jon Lester

10

3

1

37

Ben Zobrist

7

3

8.5

35.5

Jake Arrieta

10

1

0

32

Kyle Hendricks

7

2

2

27

Jason Heyward

2

8

3

25

Miguel Montero

4.5

4

2.5

24

Dexter Fowler

2

3

11

23

Jason Hammel

5

1

5

22

Javier Baez

2

5

5

21

Travis Wood

4

3

1

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

Adam Warren

1

3.5

1.5

11.5

Willson Contreras

3

0

2

11

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

Carl Edwards Jr.

0

1

1

3

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

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

10

10

2

52

Kris Bryant

7.5

8.5

7

46.5

Ben Zobrist

5.5

8.5

11

44.5

Dexter Fowler

8

7

5

43

Anthony Rizzo

5

10

2.5

37.5

Javier Baez

5

3

9

30

Jorge Soler

4

3

9

27

John Lackey

5

1

1

18

Miguel Montero

2

4

3

17

Adam Warren

4

2

0

16

Pedro Strop

3

3

1

16

Travis Wood

3

1

3

14

Willson Contreras

0.5

4.5

2

12.5

Matt Szczur

0.5

3.5

4

12.5

Albert Almora Jr.

1

2

5

12

Hector Rondon

2

2

1

11

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

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

65

37.5

27.5

Jon Lester

37

10

27

Jake Arrieta

32

10

22

Kyle Hendricks

27

11

16

Jason Hammel

22

9

13

Miguel Montero

24

17

7

Travis Wood

19

14

5

Hector Rondon

14

11

3

David Ross

13.5

10.5

3

Tommy La Stella

12.5

10

2.5

Carl Edwards Jr.

3

1

2

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Spencer Patton

1.5

2

-0.5

John Lackey

17

18

-1

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

Addison Russell

54

57

-3

Chris Coghlan

3

6

-3

Clayton Richard

3

6

-3

Justin Grimm

6.5

10

-3.5

Albert Almora Jr.

8

12

-4

Adam Warren

11.5

16

-4.5

Matt Szczur

6

12.5

-6.5

Pedro Strop

9

16

-7

Kris Bryant

38.5

46.5

-8

Ben Zobrist

35.5

44.5

-9

Javier Baez

21

30

-9

Jorge Soler

17

27

-10

Dexter Fowler

23

43

-20

Jason Heyward

25

52

-27