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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 140

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The Jon Lester train just keeps on rolling as he picks up his fifth Superhero in a row with seven scoreless innings in the Cubs' 2-0 win on Friday night.

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Every park is a Cubs' park.

Graphs for Game 140 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 140 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 140:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lester

7

7

0

0

0

7

1.32

.428

A Chapman

1

0

0

0

0

1

1.16

.088

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

0

2

1.14

.086

Total

9

7

0

0

0

10

1.29

.601

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Bryant

3

1

1

1

2

1

1

0.81

.218

D Fowler

3

1

1

0

0

1

2

0.73

.072

A Rizzo

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.77

.022

J Baez

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.61

-.034

J Soler

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.68

-.053

J Heyward

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.51

-.053

D Ross

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.6

-.061

A Russell

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.89

-.074

B Zobrist

4

0

0

0

0

0

3

1.19

-.138

Total

32

2

5

1

2

3

8

0.75

-.101

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 140: With one on and two out in the top of the fifth, Kris Bryant provides what ends up being the only runs of the game with his 37th homer of the season, putting the Cubs ahead 2-0. WPA impact: +.265.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Jon Lester (.428). He had runners on base in every inning except the first and got some help from the defense in the first five innings, but the last two innings were all his with big strikeouts, including his final one of the game where he got Colby Rasmus looking to end the seventh with runners on second and third.
  • Hero - Kris Bryant (.218). Took the second step easily thanks to his homer. That and the rest of the offense providing no challenges to his position on the podium...
  • Sidekick - Aroldis Chapman (.088). ...which in turn allowed Chapman's six-pitch save to take the final spot of the evening.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Ben Zobrist (-.138). Three swinging strikeouts in this game, including one with runners on the corners in the first. The plate appearance that wasn't a strikeout was a grounder to first with two on in the third.
  • Goat - Addison Russell (-.074). He had the same chance as Zobrist in the first inning, but also grounded out to first to end the threat.
  • Kid - David Ross (-.061). No real chances to do anything heroic in this one; he came up four times with the bases empty and struck out in two of them.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 140: Lester continues to pile on the points, once again opening a seven-point gap on second place at the top of the chart.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

14

20.5

11

94

Addison Russell

12

11

14

72

Kris Bryant

8.5

15.5

13

69.5

Jon Lester

16

3.5

2.5

57.5

Ben Zobrist

8

6

12.5

48.5

Kyle Hendricks

10

6

3

45

Jake Arrieta

12.5

2.5

0

42.5

Dexter Fowler

3

7.5

14.5

38.5

Jason Hammel

9

2

5

36

Jason Heyward

3

9

5

32

Javier Baez

4

5

8

30

Miguel Montero

4.5

5

3.5

27

John Lackey

8

1

0

26

Jorge Soler

4

3

8

26

Travis Wood

4

3

2

20

Hector Rondon

2.5

3.5

5

19.5

David Ross

2

4

3.5

17.5

Tommy La Stella

2

4

3.5

17.5

Willson Contreras

3

2

3

16

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

Chris Coghlan

1

2

1

8

Carl Edwards Jr.

0

3

2

8

Justin Grimm

0

1.5

4.5

7.5

Rob Zastryzny

2

0

0.5

6.5

Mike Montgomery

1

1

1

6

Aroldis Chapman

0

2

2

6

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

Joe Smith

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

13

14

15.5

82.5

Jason Heyward

15

14

5.5

78.5

Kris Bryant

11.5

11.5

10

67.5

Ben Zobrist

7.5

14.5

12

63.5

Dexter Fowler

12

7

6

56

Anthony Rizzo

6

16

5.5

55.5

Javier Baez

7

7

13.5

48.5

Jorge Soler

6

4

11

37

Willson Contreras

3.5

6.5

4

27.5

Matt Szczur

1.5

4.5

9

22.5

Travis Wood

5

1

5

22

Miguel Montero

3

5

3

22

Pedro Strop

4

4

1

21

David Ross

3

3

5.5

20.5

John Lackey

5

1

2

19

Jason Hammel

4

2

2

18

Adam Warren

4

2

0

16

Hector Rondon

3

2

1

14

Jake Arrieta

3

1

2

13

Trevor Cahill

2

3

1

13

Jon Lester

3

1

1

12

Albert Almora Jr.

1

2

5

12

Kyle Hendricks

2

2

1

11

Tommy La Stella

2

0

5

11

Chris Coghlan

1

2

3.5

10.5

Justin Grimm

2

1

2

10

Mike Montgomery

2

1

1

9

Joe Smith

1

2

0

7

Aroldis Chapman

2

0

0

6

Carl Edwards Jr.

1

1

1

6

Clayton Richard

1

0

3

6

Tim Federowicz

1

0

1

4

Jeimer Candelario

0

2

0

4

Brian Matusz

1

0

0

3

Joel Peralta

1

0

0

3

Gerardo Concepcion

0

1

0

2

Rob Zastryzny

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

57.5

12

45.5

Anthony Rizzo

94

55.5

38.5

Kyle Hendricks

45

11

34

Jake Arrieta

42.5

13

29.5

Jason Hammel

36

18

18

John Lackey

26

19

7

Tommy La Stella

17.5

11

6.5

Hector Rondon

19.5

14

5.5

Miguel Montero

27

22

5

Rob Zastryzny

6.5

2

4.5

Kris Bryant

69.5

67.5

2

Carl Edwards Jr.

8

6

2

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Felix Pena

0.5

0

0.5

Aroldis Chapman

6

6

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

Travis Wood

20

22

-2

Jeimer Candelario

2

4

-2

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Chris Coghlan

8

10.5

-2.5

Justin Grimm

7.5

10

-2.5

David Ross

17.5

20.5

-3

Mike Montgomery

6

9

-3

Clayton Richard

3

6

-3

Brian Matusz

0

3

-3

Trevor Cahill

9.5

13

-3.5

Albert Almora Jr.

8

12

-4

Adam Warren

11.5

16

-4.5

Joe Smith

1

7

-6

Addison Russell

72

82.5

-10.5

Jorge Soler

26

37

-11

Willson Contreras

16

27.5

-11.5

Pedro Strop

9

21

-12

Matt Szczur

9

22.5

-13.5

Ben Zobrist

48.5

63.5

-15

Dexter Fowler

38.5

56

-17.5

Javier Baez

30

48.5

-18.5

Jason Heyward

32

78.5

-46.5