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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 141

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Missed opportunities were the name of the game on Saturday as an 0-for-4 day and a visit from the BABIP overlords sent Kris Bryant to the top of the Goats in the Cubs' 2-1 loss.

Is it possible to get a do-over on this one?
Is it possible to get a do-over on this one?
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These numbers might be good, though.

Graphs for Game 141 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 141 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 141:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lackey

6

4

1

2

3

5

1

.052

J Grimm

1

1

0

0

1

1

0.59

.042

C Edwards Jr.

1

0

0

0

0

2

0.39

.030

Total

8

5

1

2

4

8

0.9

.123

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

M Szczur

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4.62

.083

M Kawasaki

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2.9

.040

A Rizzo

3

0

0

0

0

1

2

1.54

.029

T La Stella

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

1.15

.014

D Fowler

3

0

1

0

0

1

2

1.3

-.011

M Montero

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

2.02

-.064

J Heyward

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.24

-.096

J Baez

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.55

-.120

W Contreras

1

0

0

0

1

2

1

1.94

-.130

J Soler

3

1

0

0

0

1

3

1.59

-.153

K Bryant

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.73

-.217

Total

26

1

2

0

1

6

12

1.72

-.623

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 141: With nobody out and a runner on second in the top of the ninth, Jorge Soler faces five sliders in a row from Ken Giles and swings through one up in the zone for his third strikeout of the day. WPA impact: -.134.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Matt Szczur (.083). Somehow this must be karma for all of his pinch-hit Goats that he's taken this season, as he ends up taking the top spot thanks to a wild pitch by Giles in the ninth after entering the game as a pinch-runner for Anthony Rizzo. Sometimes the WPA overlords are merciful.
  • Hero - John Lackey (.052). Definitely had a couple of shaky innings in the middle but the front and back ends of his six-inning outing looked pretty good.
  • Sidekick - Justin Grimm (.042). It's not often that a scoreless seventh inning is good enough to find its way to the Heroes... that's the power of a lack of offense.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Kris Bryant (-.217). It's days like this that have plagued him all season on the charts: Two chances with a runners on second that ended in a strikeout and a groundout, plus a third chance with a runner on first that ended up in the dreaded lineout double play.
  • Goat - Jorge Soler (-.153). Well, he did have a walk to go with his three strikeouts, so it wasn't all bad.
  • Kid - Willson Contreras (-.130). It was an all-over-the-place kind of game for Contreras, who had two walks to push him into Hero territory for a while, but the game-ending strikeout -- coupled with a caught stealing after his walk in the seventh -- ended up moving him over to the other side of the fence at day's end.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 141: Lackey moves back to within one point of the plus-10 mark but finds himself still nine points back of the top five on 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

John Lackey

8

2

0

28

Miguel Montero

4.5

5

3.5

27

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

Matt Szczur

2

2

2

12

Adam Warren

1

3.5

1.5

11.5

Trevor Cahill

1

3

0.5

9.5

Pedro Strop

1

2

2

9

Justin Grimm

0

1.5

5.5

8.5

Albert Almora Jr.

2

1

0

8

Chris Coghlan

1

2

1

8

Carl Edwards Jr.

0

3

2

8

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

12.5

11.5

10

70.5

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

5

11

39

Willson Contreras

3.5

6.5

5

28.5

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

28

19

9

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

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

Kris Bryant

69.5

70.5

-1

Joel Peralta

2

3

-1

Gerardo Concepcion

1

2

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Justin Grimm

8.5

10

-1.5

Travis Wood

20

22

-2

Jeimer Candelario

2

4

-2

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Chris Coghlan

8

10.5

-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

Matt Szczur

12

22.5

-10.5

Pedro Strop

9

21

-12

Willson Contreras

16

28.5

-12.5

Jorge Soler

26

39

-13

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