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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 124

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Jon Lester keeps cruising along, picking up his team-leading 13th Superhero of the season with another strong outing on Monday night in the Cubs' 5-1 win.

This is becoming a very familiar sight every five games.
This is becoming a very familiar sight every five games.
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Maybe put him in the nickel package...

Graphs for Game 124 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 124 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 124:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lester

6

5

0

1

2

8

0.85

.194

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

0

3

1.3

.048

T Wood

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.45

.021

C Edwards Jr.

1

0

0

0

0

3

0.19

.014

Total

9

6

0

1

2

14

0.82

.277

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Russell

4

1

1

1

2

0

0

0.78

.116

A Rizzo

5

1

4

0

0

0

0

0.56

.052

D Fowler

3

1

0

0

0

2

0

0.51

.049

J Baez

3

0

2

0

0

1

0

0.4

.046

J Heyward

4

1

1

1

2

0

1

0.66

.039

K Bryant

5

1

1

1

1

0

0

0.75

.014

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.1

-.002

B Zobrist

4

0

1

0

0

1

1

0.73

-.015

D Ross

3

0

1

0

0

1

0

0.63

-.017

J Lester

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.86

-.059

Total

34

5

11

3

5

5

2

0.63

.223

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 124: With one out in the top of the second, Addison Russell opens the scoring with his 18th homer of the season, this one to left-center as the Cubs take the early 1-0 lead.  WPA impact: +.121.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Jon Lester (.194 / .135). Found himself facing runners in scoring position in four of his innings of work but got out of it each time, including one pickoff that ended in an embrace between second and third base.
  • Hero - Addison Russell (.116). Following up a little on Al's factoid in his recap: There have only been 12 shortstops since 1901 that have driven in 80 runs at the age of 22 or younger. The feat has been pulled off 17 times by those 12 shortstops, and three of those 17 occurrences have come this season or last (Russell and Carlos Correa this season, Xander Bogaerts in 2015).
  • Sidekick - Anthony Rizzo (.052). Managed to overcome the early 4-5-3 (yes, you read that right) double play by recording four hits in his final four plate appearances.

THE THREE GOATS: Another tough-luck Goat podium as most of the negative WPA for hitting belonged to Lester in this one; it's the 11th time this season that Lester's hitting has been in the bottom three for the game.

  • Billy Goat - David Ross (-.017). It wasn't the sixth-inning flyout with the bases loaded that did the most damage; turns out that a seemingly benign foulout in the fourth inning with a runner on first was all that it took to earn top Goat honors in this game. The podiums can be very fickle.
  • Goat - Ben Zobrist (-.015). Also didn't do much wrong in this one, with a leadoff popout in the second and a strikeout in the fourth with a runner on second leading to the second step...
  • Kid - Matt Szczur (-.002). ...and then there's the dreaded pinch-hit popout for the bottom step.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 124: Lester once again pulls ahead at the top of the chart, while Russell finds himself within two points of even ground after a long journey back from the minus-20 club earlier in the season.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

11

19.5

11

83

Addison Russell

11

11

13

68

Kris Bryant

7.5

8.5

13

52.5

Jon Lester

13

3.5

2.5

48.5

Ben Zobrist

7

6

10.5

43.5

Jake Arrieta

11.5

2.5

0

39.5

Kyle Hendricks

9

5

2

39

Dexter Fowler

3

6.5

13.5

35.5

Jason Hammel

8

2

5

33

Javier Baez

4

5

6

28

John Lackey

8

1

0

26

Jason Heyward

2

8

4

26

Miguel Montero

4.5

4

3.5

25

Jorge Soler

3

3

7

22

Hector Rondon

2.5

3.5

5

19.5

Travis Wood

4

3

1

19

Tommy La Stella

2

4

3.5

17.5

David Ross

2

3

2.5

14.5

Willson Contreras

3

1

3

14

Adam Warren

1

3.5

1.5

11.5

Trevor Cahill

1

3

0.5

9.5

Matt Szczur

1

2

2

9

Pedro Strop

1

2

2

9

Albert Almora Jr.

2

1

0

8

Justin Grimm

0

1.5

3.5

6.5

Mike Montgomery

1

1

0

5

Carl Edwards Jr.

0

2

1

5

Chris Coghlan

0

2

1

5

Rob Zastryzny

1

0

0.5

3.5

Aroldis Chapman

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

Felix Pena

0

0

0.5

0.5

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Addison Russell

11

12

12.5

69.5

Jason Heyward

11

14

4.5

65.5

Kris Bryant

10.5

10.5

10

62.5

Ben Zobrist

5.5

14.5

12

57.5

Dexter Fowler

10

7

5

49

Anthony Rizzo

6

13

4.5

48.5

Javier Baez

7

5

12.5

43.5

Jorge Soler

6

3

10

34

Willson Contreras

3.5

5.5

3

24.5

Miguel Montero

3

5

3

22

Pedro Strop

4

4

1

21

David Ross

3

3

4.5

19.5

John Lackey

5

1

2

19

Travis Wood

4

1

5

19

Matt Szczur

1.5

3.5

7

18.5

Adam Warren

4

2

0

16

Hector Rondon

3

2

1

14

Jake Arrieta

3

1

1

12

Jon Lester

3

1

1

12

Jason Hammel

2

2

2

12

Albert Almora Jr.

1

2

5

12

Kyle Hendricks

2

2

1

11

Justin Grimm

2

1

2

10

Tommy La Stella

2

0

4

10

Trevor Cahill

2

1

1

9

Chris Coghlan

1

1

1.5

6.5

Aroldis Chapman

2

0

0

6

Carl Edwards Jr.

1

1

1

6

Clayton Richard

1

0

3

6

Mike Montgomery

1

0

1

4

Tim Federowicz

1

0

1

4

Jeimer Candelario

0

2

0

4

Joe Smith

0

2

0

4

Brian Matusz

1

0

0

3

Joel Peralta

1

0

0

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

48.5

12

36.5

Anthony Rizzo

83

48.5

34.5

Kyle Hendricks

39

11

28

Jake Arrieta

39.5

12

27.5

Jason Hammel

33

12

21

Tommy La Stella

17.5

10

7.5

John Lackey

26

19

7

Hector Rondon

19.5

14

5.5

Rob Zastryzny

3.5

0

3.5

Miguel Montero

25

22

3

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Mike Montgomery

5

4

1

Trevor Cahill

9.5

9

0.5

Felix Pena

0.5

0

0.5

Travis Wood

19

19

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Spencer Patton

1.5

2

-0.5

Carl Edwards Jr.

5

6

-1

Joel Peralta

2

3

-1

Gerardo Concepcion

1

2

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Addison Russell

68

69.5

-1.5

Chris Coghlan

5

6.5

-1.5

Jeimer Candelario

2

4

-2

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Aroldis Chapman

3

6

-3

Clayton Richard

3

6

-3

Brian Matusz

0

3

-3

Justin Grimm

6.5

10

-3.5

Albert Almora Jr.

8

12

-4

Joe Smith

0

4

-4

Adam Warren

11.5

16

-4.5

David Ross

14.5

19.5

-5

Matt Szczur

9

18.5

-9.5

Kris Bryant

52.5

62.5

-10

Willson Contreras

14

24.5

-10.5

Jorge Soler

22

34

-12

Pedro Strop

9

21

-12

Dexter Fowler

35.5

49

-13.5

Ben Zobrist

43.5

57.5

-14

Javier Baez

28

43.5

-15.5

Jason Heyward

26

65.5

-39.5