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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 146

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The post-game celebration was not to be found on Thursday night as a two-run rally by the Brewers in the seventh sent Justin Grimm to the top of the Goats in the Cubs' 5-4 loss.

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But meanwhile, in a baseball park over 2,000 miles away...

Magic number: Zero.

Congratulations to the Champions of the Central... now the real journey begins.

Graphs for Game 146 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 146 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 146:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Smith

1.1

1

0

0

0

1

0.5

.049

S Patton

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.47

.035

M Montgomery

6

4

1

1

1

7

1.05

-.039

J Grimm

0.2

2

0

2

1

2

1.97

-.319

Total

9

7

1

3

2

11

1.04

-.274

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Heyward

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

1.47

.174

M Montgomery

2

0

1

0

1

0

1

1.32

.106

J Soler

4

1

1

1

2

0

2

1.58

.053

M Montero

3

0

2

0

0

1

0

1.73

.023

A Rizzo

3

0

1

0

0

2

1

1.15

.012

T La Stella

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.26

-.035

B Zobrist

3

1

0

0

0

2

0

1.5

-.036

A Russell

4

1

1

0

0

0

1

1.45

-.101

D Fowler

5

0

1

0

0

0

3

1.47

-.136

W Contreras

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

5.15

-.140

K Bryant

5

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.42

-.146

Total

35

4

10

1

4

5

11

1.54

-.226

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 146: With two on and one out in the top of the seventh, Scooter Gennett drops a double into the left-field corner, scoring Domingo Santana and Martin Maldonado to give the Brewers a 5-3 lead. WPA impact: -.279.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Jason Heyward (.174). Gave the Cubs a fighting chance with his second double of the game in the eighth to cut the lead to one.
  • Hero - Jorge Soler (.053). That homer of his in the second was loud. And majestic.
  • Sidekick - Joe Smith (.049). Ended the threat in the seventh with a swinging strikeout of Keon Broxton and then made a very nice pickoff play on Ryan Braun in the eighth.
  • Honorable Mention - Mike Montgomery (-.039 / +.067). I had to give Montgomery a nod here for his first major-league hit, which just also happened to tie the game at the time.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Justin Grimm (-.319). Just wasn't his night, allowing a leadoff double and a walk before the double to Gennett that Soler really had no chance to get. At least not without crashing into the side wall in left field.
  • Goat - Kris Bryant (-.146). Getting picked off of second base in the seventh when you're down by two is painful. Striking out with two on in a tie game in the fourth doesn't help, either.
  • Kid - Willson Contreras (-.140). Only had one chance in this one as a pinch-hitter in the eighth and got beat on a pitcher's strike by Tyler Thornburg to end the inning with runners on the corners.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 146: Heyward begins yet another climb away from the minus-50 door while Bryant takes another tumble backward toward the minus-10 mark.

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

Jason Heyward

4

9

6

36

Javier Baez

5

5

8

33

John Lackey

8

2

0

28

Jorge Soler

4

4

8

28

Miguel Montero

4.5

5

3.5

27

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

Joe Smith

0

0

3

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

13

14

16.5

83.5

Jason Heyward

16

14

6.5

82.5

Kris Bryant

13.5

14.5

10

79.5

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

6

29.5

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

Justin Grimm

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

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

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

Joe Smith

3

7

-4

Adam Warren

11.5

16

-4.5

Justin Grimm

8.5

13

-4.5

Kris Bryant

71.5

79.5

-8

Matt Szczur

12

22.5

-10.5

Jorge Soler

28

39

-11

Addison Russell

72

83.5

-11.5

Pedro Strop

9

21

-12

Willson Contreras

16

29.5

-13.5

Dexter Fowler

43.5

58

-14.5

Ben Zobrist

51.5

66.5

-15

Javier Baez

33

48.5

-15.5

Jason Heyward

36

82.5

-46.5