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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 149

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Baserunners were stranded by the Cubs left and right on Sunday, with Ben Zobrist's 0-for-4 day including a bases-loaded strikeout earning him the top spot on the Goats in the Cubs' 3-1 loss.

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Fun Fact: There were only two Cubs hitters in the starting lineup on Sunday who did not make an out with a runner on base. The first was Jason Heyward; he had one plate appearance with a runner on base in the second inning and singled.

The other one, you ask? That would be Kyle Hendricks.

Graphs for Game 149 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 149 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 149:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Smith

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.7

.052

T Wood

0.2

0

0

0

0

1

0.75

.037

K Hendricks

6

6

0

2

0

9

0.83

.019

T Cahill

1

0

0

0

1

1

0.22

.016

F Pena

0.1

1

1

1

0

0

0.34

-.128

Total

9

7

1

3

1

12

0.72

-.004

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T La Stella

1

0

1

0

1

0

0

1.2

.150

K Hendricks

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

1.02

.070

J Heyward

4

0

2

0

0

0

1

1.22

.046

J Baez

3

1

1

0

0

0

1

1.47

.016

A Rizzo

4

0

1

0

0

1

1

1.7

.001

C Coghlan

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

3.39

-.062

D Fowler

4

0

0

0

0

1

2

1.89

-.097

M Montero

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.5

-.138

A Russell

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.9

-.149

K Bryant

5

0

1

0

0

0

2

1.95

-.152

B Zobrist

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.75

-.182

Total

36

1

9

0

1

2

9

1.68

-.496

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 149: With two out and the bases empty in the top of the eighth, Chris Carter skies one to left that hits off of the top of the ribbon board for his 36th home run of the season, extending the Brewers' lead to 3-1. WPA impact: -.134.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Tommy La Stella (.150). Brought home the only Cubs' run of the game with a pinch-hit double to left-center in the sixth.
  • Hero - Joe Smith (.052). The scoreless seventh strikes again!
  • Sidekick - Jason Heyward (.046). Not only were Heyward and Hendricks the only two Cubs in the starting lineup to not make an out with a runner on base, but they were also the only two Cubs in the game to have two hits, which leads to...
  • Honorable Mention - Kyle Hendricks (.019 / .089). ...an Honorable Mention spot for Hendricks for pulling off the uncommon feat of having a significantly better WPA day from hitting than from pitching when both WPAs were also positive.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Ben Zobrist (-.182). The bases-loaded strikeout got him halfway here; the 0-for-3 in his other three plate apperances brought him the rest of the way to the top.
  • Goat - Kris Bryant (-.152). Two late strikeouts did him in, primarily his ninth-inning whiff with two on and one out.
  • Kid - Addison Russell (-.149). Right after Zobrist struck out with the bases loaded in the third, Russell followed it up with a popout behind first base to end the inning. The only thing that kept him from the top spot in this one -- as he also had another missed chance with a runner on third in the fifth -- was his single in the second inning.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 149: La Stella breaks into the top five with his third Superhero of the season, pushing himself 1½ points clear of John Lackey.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

14

20.5

11

94

Kris Bryant

9.5

16.5

13

74.5

Addison Russell

12

11

15

73

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 Heyward

4

9

7

37

Jason Hammel

9

2

5

36

Javier Baez

5

6

8

35

Miguel Montero

5.5

5

3.5

30

John Lackey

8

2

0

28

Jorge Soler

4

4

8

28

Tommy La Stella

3

4

3.5

20.5

Travis Wood

4

3

2

20

Hector Rondon

2.5

3.5

5

19.5

David Ross

2

5

3.5

19.5

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

1.5

10.5

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

Joe Smith

0

1

3

5

Clayton Richard

0

1

1

3

Jeimer Candelario

0

1

0

2

Joel Peralta

0

1

0

2

Munenori Kawasaki

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

17.5

84.5

Jason Heyward

16

14

6.5

82.5

Kris Bryant

13.5

15.5

10

81.5

Ben Zobrist

9.5

14.5

12

69.5

Dexter Fowler

12

8

6

58

Anthony Rizzo

6

17

5.5

57.5

Javier Baez

8

7

13.5

51.5

Jorge Soler

6

5

11

39

Willson Contreras

3.5

6.5

6

29.5

Matt Szczur

1.5

5.5

9

24.5

Miguel Montero

3

5

4

23

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

3

20

Adam Warren

4

2

0

16

Jake Arrieta

4

1

2

16

Hector Rondon

3

2

1

14

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

Carl Edwards Jr.

1

2

1

8

Joe Smith

1

2

0

7

Aroldis Chapman

2

0

0

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

Munenori Kawasaki

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

16

27.5

Jason Hammel

36

21

15

Tommy La Stella

20.5

11

9.5

John Lackey

28

20

8

Miguel Montero

30

23

7

Hector Rondon

19.5

14

5.5

Rob Zastryzny

6.5

2

4.5

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Munenori Kawasaki

2

1

1

Felix Pena

0.5

0

0.5

Carl Edwards Jr.

8

8

0

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

Joe Smith

5

7

-2

Jeimer Candelario

2

4

-2

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Trevor Cahill

10.5

13

-2.5

Chris Coghlan

8

10.5

-2.5

Mike Montgomery

6

9

-3

Clayton Richard

3

6

-3

Brian Matusz

0

3

-3

Albert Almora Jr.

8

12

-4

Adam Warren

11.5

16

-4.5

Justin Grimm

8.5

13

-4.5

Kris Bryant

74.5

81.5

-7

Jorge Soler

28

39

-11

Addison Russell

73

84.5

-11.5

Pedro Strop

9

21

-12

Matt Szczur

12

24.5

-12.5

Willson Contreras

16

29.5

-13.5

Dexter Fowler

43.5

58

-14.5

Javier Baez

35

51.5

-16.5

Ben Zobrist

51.5

69.5

-18

Jason Heyward

37

82.5

-45.5