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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 81

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There was another career-worst pitching performance on Sunday, this time from Jon Lester as he picks up the no-contest Billy Goat in Sunday's 14-3 loss.

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Graphs for Game 81 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 81 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 81:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

S Patton

3.2

6

1

3

3

3

0.06

.002

J Peralta

1.2

3

1

2

0

3

0

.000

M Montero

1.1

4

0

1

0

0

0

.000

J Lester

1.1

9

3

8

1

2

0.6

-.505

Total

8

22

5

14

4

8

0.19

-.503

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

4

0

1

0

1

0

1

0.4

.094

J Heyward

5

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.15

.039

W Contreras

3

1

1

1

1

0

1

0.21

.015

A Russell

3

0

2

0

0

0

0

0.01

.001

A Almora

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0.01

.001

M Montero

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

J Peralta

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.01

.000

S Patton

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.02

-.001

M Szczur

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.03

-.002

J Lester

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.41

-.010

D Ross

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.34

-.016

J Baez

4

1

3

0

0

0

0

0.45

-.023

B Zobrist

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.53

-.026

K Bryant

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.68

-.032

J Candelario

4

0

1

0

0

0

3

0.39

-.037

Total

37

3

11

1

2

0

9

0.28

.003

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 - Anthony Rizzo (.094). The run-scoring single in the first inning seemed like a good start at the time...
  • Hero - Jason Heyward (.039). ...as did the first-inning double.
  • Sidekick - Willson Contreras (.015). Earns the final spot on the Heroes the painful way by getting plunked.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jon Lester (-.505). Just when you thought that Jason Hammel's Game Score of plus-5 was bad, Lester goes and puts up a career-worst minus-12. His previous worst was minus-3 on July 22, 2012. And from the "Little to No Consolation" department, Lester isn't the first pitcher this season to post a Game Score of minus-10 or worse; Edinson Volquez and Derek Holland have also pulled off the feat.
  • Goat - Jeimer Candelario (-.037). He did get his first major-league hit in his first major-league game, so that's something to be happy about.
  • Kid - Kris Bryant (-.032). Once again victimized by the first-inning out with a runner on, followed by the game spiraling completely out of control before his next plate appearance.  Only all of the other times the game spiraled out of control in a good way.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 81: Rizzo reaches the plus-20 mark for the first time this season, pulling to within two points of second place on the chart.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

8

10.5

7.5

52.5

Addison Russell

6

7

4

36

Kris Bryant

4.5

6.5

8

34.5

Jon Lester

9

3

1

34

Ben Zobrist

7

2

6.5

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

Travis Wood

4

3

1

19

Jason Hammel

4

1

5

19

Jason Heyward

1

7

2

19

John Lackey

5

1

0

17

Jorge Soler

2

3

5

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

Willson Contreras

2

0

1

7

Trevor Cahill

0

3

0.5

6.5

Adam Warren

0

2.5

1.5

6.5

Justin Grimm

0

1.5

3.5

6.5

Matt Szczur

0

2

1

5

Chris Coghlan

0

1

1

3

Clayton Richard

0

1

1

3

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

9

9

6

51

Jason Heyward

8

9

1

43

Kris Bryant

6.5

8.5

6

42.5

Dexter Fowler

8

6

5

41

Anthony Rizzo

4

9

2.5

32.5

Ben Zobrist

3.5

6.5

9

32.5

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

Jason Hammel

1

2

2

9

Albert Almora Jr.

1

1

4

9

Hector Rondon

2

1

0

8

Matt Szczur

0

3

2

8

Jake Arrieta

2

0

1

7

Jon Lester

2

0

1

7

Chris Coghlan

1

1

1

6

Trevor Cahill

1

1

1

6

Clayton Richard

1

0

3

6

Willson Contreras

0

2

1

5

Tim Federowicz

1

0

1

4

Joel Peralta

1

0

0

3

Gerardo Concepcion

0

1

0

2

Jeimer Candelario

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

7

27

Jake Arrieta

29

7

22

Anthony Rizzo

52.5

32.5

20

Jason Hammel

19

9

10

Kyle Hendricks

20

11

9

Travis Wood

19

10

9

John Lackey

17

9

8

Miguel Montero

21

14

7

Hector Rondon

13

8

5

David Ross

13

10.5

2.5

Tommy La Stella

12.5

10

2.5

Willson Contreras

7

5

2

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Carl Edwards Jr.

1

0

1

Trevor Cahill

6.5

6

0.5

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Spencer Patton

1.5

2

-0.5

Ben Zobrist

31.5

32.5

-1

Albert Almora Jr.

8

9

-1

Joel Peralta

2

3

-1

Gerardo Concepcion

1

2

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Jeimer Candelario

0

2

-2

Matt Szczur

5

8

-3

Chris Coghlan

3

6

-3

Clayton Richard

3

6

-3

Justin Grimm

6.5

10

-3.5

Pedro Strop

9

16

-7

Adam Warren

6.5

14

-7.5

Kris Bryant

34.5

42.5

-8

Jorge Soler

17

27

-10

Javier Baez

13

26

-13

Addison Russell

36

51

-15

Dexter Fowler

20

41

-21

Jason Heyward

19

43

-24