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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 145

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Jon Lester did it all on Wednesday, adding a run-scoring single and a couple of nice plays in the field to his eight innings of shutout ball en route to his 17th Superhero of the season in the Cubs' 7-0 win.

He pitches! He hits! He fields! He's a bona-fide triple threat!
He pitches! He hits! He fields! He's a bona-fide triple threat!
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Graphs for Game 145 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 145 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 145:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lester

8

3

0

0

1

8

0.68

.350

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.01

.001

Total

9

3

0

0

1

9

0.61

.351

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

D Ross

4

1

1

1

2

0

2

0.78

.130

J Lester

3

0

1

0

1

0

0

0.64

.090

J Heyward

3

1

2

0

0

1

1

0.45

.035

A Rizzo

5

2

2

2

3

0

2

0.36

.022

J Baez

4

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.79

.021

J Soler

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.03

.001

B Zobrist

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.33

-.025

A Russell

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.39

-.038

D Fowler

5

0

2

0

0

0

2

0.48

-.039

K Bryant

5

1

1

0

1

0

2

0.41

-.049

Total

38

7

12

3

7

1

12

0.48

.149

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 145: With one on and one out in the top of the fifth, David Ross launches a two-run homer halfway up the berm in center field to extend the Cubs' lead to 3-0. WPA impact: +.190.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Jon Lester (.350 / .440). He's up to six straight Superheroes now and nine straight starts in which he's allowed two runs or less. That streak beats his previous record of eight in a row from June 12 through July 25, 2014.
  • Hero - David Ross (.130). Not only did he have the very long homer, but he also threw out a couple of runners trying to steal second just for good measure.
  • Sidekick - Jason Heyward (.035). And with his 2-for-3 day, the minus-50 club is closed. Hopefully for good. You're probably asking: "Wait, where's Anthony Rizzo??" He wasn't too far behind in fourth at .022, but his two early strikeouts kept him from reaching any higher.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Kris Bryant (-.049). It was probably a wash with the WPA (and perhaps the BABIP) overlords between his lineout double play in the seventh and his triple that got past a diving Randal Grichuk in the ninth. The 0-for-4 that preceded the triple was what landed him here.
  • Goat - Dexter Fowler (-.039). His two late singles couldn't make up for his two early outs, and his lineout to left in the third with one on was just enough to nudge ahead of...
  • Kid - Addison Russell (-.038). ...who was hitless on the day but had two early plate appearances with the bases empty. By the time he came to the plate with anyone on base, it was the sixth inning and the Cubs already had a 4-0 lead.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 145: The race at the top of the chart is turning into a breakaway as Lester opens up a 10½-point lead over Kyle Hendricks, with Rizzo sliding just behind Hendricks into third.

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

17

3.5

2.5

60.5

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

6

33

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

5

3.5

19.5

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

Addison Russell

13

14

16.5

83.5

Jason Heyward

16

14

6.5

82.5

Kris Bryant

13.5

13.5

10

77.5

Ben Zobrist

8.5

14.5

12

66.5

Dexter Fowler

12

8

6

58

Anthony Rizzo

6

17

5.5

57.5

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

60.5

12

48.5

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

David Ross

19.5

21.5

-2

Jeimer Candelario

2

4

-2

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Chris Coghlan

8

10.5

-2.5

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

2

7

-5

Kris Bryant

71.5

77.5

-6

Matt Szczur

12

22.5

-10.5

Addison Russell

72

83.5

-11.5

Pedro Strop

9

21

-12

Willson Contreras

16

28.5

-12.5

Jorge Soler

26

39

-13

Dexter Fowler

43.5

58

-14.5

Ben Zobrist

51.5

66.5

-15

Javier Baez

33

48.5

-15.5

Jason Heyward

33

82.5

-49.5