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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 144

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While the Cubs were busy leaving runners on base in the early innings, it was two homers allowed by Jason Hammel that once again placed him at the top of the Goats in the Cubs' 4-2 loss on Tuesday night.

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He should be doing shampoo commercials.

Graphs for Game 144 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 144 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 144:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Smith

1

1

0

0

1

1

0.49

.020

J Grimm

0.1

0

0

0

0

1

0.45

.012

F Pena

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.16

.012

J Hammel

5.2

6

2

4

2

9

0.99

-.228

Total

8

7

2

4

3

11

0.83

-.184

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

D Fowler

3

1

1

1

1

2

1

1.23

.086

B Zobrist

2

1

0

0

0

2

0

1.05

.024

A Russell

4

0

1

0

1

0

1

1.12

-.007

T La Stella

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.48

-.012

W Contreras

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

1.01

-.034

J Hammel

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.35

-.040

J Soler

3

0

0

0

0

1

2

1.64

-.043

A Rizzo

4

0

0

0

0

1

0

1.05

-.046

J Heyward

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

1.29

-.115

K Bryant

5

0

1

0

0

0

2

1.37

-.128

Total

30

2

4

1

2

8

7

1.22

-.316

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 144: With one on and two out in the bottom of the sixth, Brandon Moss takes a Jason Hammel fastball and promptly sends it into the seats in right field, giving the Cardinals a 4-2 lead. WPA impact: -.304.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Dexter Fowler (.086). Got the game started on the right foot with a leadoff homer to dead center and then added a couple of walks for good measure, but the extra cushion wasn't really necessary since...
  • Hero - Ben Zobrist (.024). ...the rest of the offense took the night off, allowing two walks from Zobrist to end up on the second spot of the podium...
  • Sidekick - Joe Smith (.020). ...and a shaky scoreless seventh inning from Smith -- featuring a nice pickoff throw by Willson Contreras -- to round out the podium in this one.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jason Hammel (-.228 / -.268). As soon as Moss hit that ball in the sixth, Hammel knew it was gone. In his last five starts, he's allowed seven homers as his ERA has gone from 2.75 back to 3.60.
  • Goat - Kris Bryant (-.128). Five men left on in this one, including a bases-loaded strikeout in the second and a flyout to left with two on in the fourth.
  • Kid - Jason Heyward (-.115). One inning after Bryant left the bases loaded, Heyward left two in scoring position by ending the third with a foulout.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 144: Hammel continues to lose ground on the top four in the pack... and the minus-50 club is unfortunately now open for business.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

14

20.5

11

94

Addison Russell

12

11

14

72

Kris Bryant

8.5

16.5

13

71.5

Jon Lester

16

3.5

2.5

57.5

Ben Zobrist

8

7

13.5

51.5

Kyle Hendricks

11

6

3

48

Jake Arrieta

12.5

2.5

1

43.5

Dexter Fowler

4

8.5

14.5

43.5

Jason Hammel

9

2

5

36

Javier Baez

5

5

8

33

Jason Heyward

3

9

5

32

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

Joe Smith

0

0

2

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

Jason Heyward

16

14

6.5

82.5

Addison Russell

13

14

15.5

82.5

Kris Bryant

12.5

13.5

10

74.5

Ben Zobrist

8.5

14.5

12

66.5

Anthony Rizzo

6

17

5.5

57.5

Dexter Fowler

12

7

6

56

Javier Baez

7

7

13.5

48.5

Jorge Soler

6

5

11

39

Willson Contreras

3.5

6.5

5

28.5

Miguel Montero

3

5

4

23

Matt Szczur

1.5

4.5

9

22.5

Travis Wood

5

1

5

22

David Ross

3

3

6.5

21.5

Jason Hammel

5

2

2

21

Pedro Strop

4

4

1

21

John Lackey

5

1

2

19

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

Kyle Hendricks

48

11

37

Anthony Rizzo

94

57.5

36.5

Jake Arrieta

43.5

13

30.5

Jason Hammel

36

21

15

John Lackey

28

19

9

Tommy La Stella

17.5

11

6.5

Hector Rondon

19.5

14

5.5

Rob Zastryzny

6.5

2

4.5

Miguel Montero

27

23

4

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

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

Kris Bryant

71.5

74.5

-3

Mike Montgomery

6

9

-3

Clayton Richard

3

6

-3

Brian Matusz

0

3

-3

Trevor Cahill

9.5

13

-3.5

David Ross

17.5

21.5

-4

Albert Almora Jr.

8

12

-4

Adam Warren

11.5

16

-4.5

Joe Smith

2

7

-5

Addison Russell

72

82.5

-10.5

Matt Szczur

12

22.5

-10.5

Pedro Strop

9

21

-12

Dexter Fowler

43.5

56

-12.5

Willson Contreras

16

28.5

-12.5

Jorge Soler

26

39

-13

Ben Zobrist

51.5

66.5

-15

Javier Baez

33

48.5

-15.5

Jason Heyward

32

82.5

-50.5