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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 101

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After a long drought, John Lackey finally makes his way back to the top of the Heroes with six strong innings of work in the Cubs' 3-1 win on Thursday night.

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Oh, the hijinks.

Graphs for Game 101 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 101 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 101:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lackey

6

4

0

1

1

4

1.13

.250

A Chapman

1.1

0

0

0

0

2

1.54

.160

P Strop

1

0

0

0

1

2

1.34

.093

H Rondon

0.2

1

0

0

0

1

2.73

.026

Total

9

5

0

1

2

9

1.35

.530

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Bryant

3

0

1

0

1

1

1

1.21

.151

B Zobrist

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

1.45

.095

D Fowler

2

2

1

0

0

1

0

0.81

.083

A Russell

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0.82

.022

T La Stella

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.21

-.006

J Baez

3

0

1

0

0

1

1

0.63

-.017

M Szczur

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.93

-.033

D Ross

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.54

-.039

J Lackey

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.83

-.044

A Rizzo

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.12

-.055

W Contreras

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.11

-.187

Total

30

3

7

0

3

4

5

0.99

-.030

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 101: With two on and one out in the bottom of the third, Ben Zobrist singles back up the middle, just out of the reach of a diving Tyler Saladino, to score Dexter Fowler from second base and give the Cubs a 2-1 lead. WPA impact: +.140.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - John Lackey (.250). Just how long has it been since Lackey has been at the top of the Hero podium? You have to go back 43 games to find the last time that he was here.
  • Hero - Aroldis Chapman (.160). Picks up his first save as a Cub in only his third outing this season that was longer than one inning.
  • Sidekick - Kris Bryant (.151). For the second straight game he picks up the final spot by tying the game early, this time with a double off of the center-field wall in the first just to the right of the 400-foot marker.

THE THREE GOATS: For the first time in seven games, there's a bump on the final step of the podium as Lackey's -.044 hitting is moved out.  It's the seventh bump that he has caused this season.

  • Billy Goat - Willson Contreras (-.187). Missed on two chances with a runner on third, including a 6-3 double play to end the third inning.
  • Goat - Anthony Rizzo (-.055). Had a similar opportunity in the third with two runners on but flied out to left.
  • Kid - David Ross (-.039). Some days it doesn't pay to be a pinch-hitter. Especially when you have to face Chris Sale.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 101: Lackey moves back into positive territory while Rizzo loses a little of his advantage over the rest of the field.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

10

15.5

9

70

Addison Russell

9

10

8

55

Kris Bryant

5.5

6.5

11

40.5

Jon Lester

10

3

1

37

Ben Zobrist

7

3

9.5

36.5

Jake Arrieta

10

1

0

32

Kyle Hendricks

7

3

2

29

Javier Baez

4

5

5

27

Jason Heyward

2

8

3

25

Jason Hammel

5

2

5

24

Miguel Montero

4.5

4

2.5

24

Dexter Fowler

2

3

11

23

John Lackey

6

1

0

20

Travis Wood

4

3

1

19

Tommy La Stella

2

4

3.5

17.5

Jorge Soler

2

3

5

17

Hector Rondon

2

2

4

14

David Ross

2

3

1.5

13.5

Willson Contreras

3

0

3

12

Adam Warren

1

3.5

1.5

11.5

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

Carl Edwards Jr.

0

1

1

3

Chris Coghlan

0

1

1

3

Clayton Richard

0

1

1

3

Aroldis Chapman

0

1

0

2

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

11

8

60

Jason Heyward

10

11

3

55

Kris Bryant

7.5

8.5

8

47.5

Dexter Fowler

9

7

5

46

Ben Zobrist

5.5

8.5

12

45.5

Anthony Rizzo

5

11

2.5

39.5

Javier Baez

5

4

9

32

Jorge Soler

4

3

9

27

Miguel Montero

3

4

3

20

Willson Contreras

2.5

4.5

2

18.5

John Lackey

5

1

1

18

Adam Warren

4

2

0

16

Pedro Strop

3

3

1

16

Travis Wood

3

1

3

14

Matt Szczur

0.5

3.5

4

12.5

Jon Lester

3

1

1

12

Albert Almora Jr.

1

2

5

12

Hector Rondon

2

2

1

11

Kyle Hendricks

2

2

1

11

David Ross

1

2

4.5

11.5

Jake Arrieta

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

Mike Montgomery

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

70

39.5

30.5

Jon Lester

37

12

25

Jake Arrieta

32

10

22

Kyle Hendricks

29

11

18

Jason Hammel

24

9

15

Tommy La Stella

17.5

10

7.5

Travis Wood

19

14

5

Miguel Montero

24

20

4

Hector Rondon

14

11

3

John Lackey

20

18

2

David Ross

13.5

11.5

2

Carl Edwards Jr.

3

1

2

Aroldis Chapman

2

0

2

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

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

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

Mike Montgomery

0

3

-3

Justin Grimm

6.5

10

-3.5

Albert Almora Jr.

8

12

-4

Adam Warren

11.5

16

-4.5

Addison Russell

55

60

-5

Javier Baez

27

32

-5

Willson Contreras

12

18.5

-6.5

Matt Szczur

6

12.5

-6.5

Pedro Strop

9

16

-7

Kris Bryant

40.5

47.5

-7

Ben Zobrist

36.5

45.5

-9

Jorge Soler

17

27

-10

Dexter Fowler

23

46

-23

Jason Heyward

25

55

-30