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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 151

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Jon Lester just keeps piling on the points as he throws another strong seven innings and adds a run-scoring double to pick up his 18th Superhero of the season in the Cubs' 6-1 win.

Let the stare-down commence.
Let the stare-down commence.
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Graphs for Game 151 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 151 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 151:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lester

7

6

0

1

0

5

0.94

.251

C Edwards Jr.

1

1

0

0

1

2

0.18

.011

T Cahill

0.2

0

0

0

1

0

0.24

.005

T Wood

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

0.01

.000

Total

9

7

0

1

2

7

0.77

.267

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lester

2

1

1

0

1

1

0

0.81

.121

D Fowler

3

2

2

0

1

2

0

0.64

.101

K Bryant

5

1

3

0

1

0

0

0.69

.082

A Rizzo

5

0

2

0

3

0

1

0.54

.033

J Heyward

2

1

1

0

0

2

0

0.48

.016

C Coghlan

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.09

-.002

B Zobrist

4

0

0

0

0

1

2

0.39

-.011

J Baez

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.58

-.020

D Ross

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.53

-.029

A Russell

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.57

-.057

Total

33

6

11

0

6

6

5

0.56

.233

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 151: I do solemnly swear that everything that you will read in the Ramirez Catalyst for this game is the truth, as much as you may not believe any of it. With two out and one on in the bottom of the second, a ball is launched into the gap in right-center by... Jon Lester (!!) for his first career run-scoring double, scoring from first base... David Ross (!!!!) to give the Cubs an early 1-0 lead. WPA impact: +.125.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Jon Lester (.251 / .372). Everything about that double was fun to watch. Even the Reds' announcing crew had a fun time with it (one of the bonuses of being an MLB TV subscriber). Oh, and he also ran his streak of consecutive games allowing two runs or less to 10, which is one short of the team record in the last 100 years.
  • Hero - Dexter Fowler (.101). Started the two-out scoring in the fourth with a single back up the middle, which was then followed by...
  • Sidekick - Kris Bryant (.082). ...a bloop double to shallow right that brought home the second run of the inning. Even with two other hits on the night for Bryant, I'm thinking that there's still a fruit basket heading to Joey Votto for that play.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Addison Russell (-.057). Only had one opportunity that had much meaning to it in this game, that coming in the first with two on and two out, and struck out swinging to end the inning.
  • Goat - David Ross (-.029). It's been six years since Ross scored from first on a double; the last time that it happened was on August 21, 2010. Against the Cubs, of course. What landed him on the negative side of the WPA fence was a groundout in the fourth with a runner on second, which was then followed by the four-run rally to break the game open.
  • Kid - Javier Baez (-.020). It's a scenario that's played out several times this season; two times on base when the lead is wide preceded by two hitless plate appearances when the score is close.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 151: The door to the marquee plus-50 club has officially been opened as Lester takes his place among the H & G elite.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

14

20.5

11

94

Kris Bryant

9.5

16.5

14

75.5

Addison Russell

12

11

15

73

Jon Lester

18

3.5

2.5

63.5

Ben Zobrist

8

7

13.5

51.5

Kyle Hendricks

11

6

3

48

Dexter Fowler

4

10.5

14.5

47.5

Jake Arrieta

12.5

2.5

1

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

Hector Rondon

2.5

3.5

6

20.5

Travis Wood

4

3

2

20

David Ross

2

5

3.5

19.5

Willson Contreras

4

2

3

19

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

14

14

17.5

87.5

Kris Bryant

14.5

15.5

10

84.5

Jason Heyward

16

14

6.5

82.5

Ben Zobrist

9.5

14.5

13

70.5

Dexter Fowler

12

8

6

58

Anthony Rizzo

6

17

5.5

57.5

Javier Baez

8

7

14.5

52.5

Jorge Soler

6

5

11

39

Willson Contreras

3.5

6.5

6

29.5

Matt Szczur

1.5

5.5

9

24.5

David Ross

3

4

6.5

23.5

Miguel Montero

3

5

4

23

Travis Wood

5

1

5

22

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

Tommy La Stella

2

1

5

13

Jon Lester

3

1

1

12

Albert Almora Jr.

1

2

5

12

Kyle Hendricks

2

2

1

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

63.5

12

51.5

Kyle Hendricks

48

11

37

Anthony Rizzo

94

57.5

36.5

Jake Arrieta

43.5

16

27.5

Jason Hammel

36

21

15

John Lackey

28

20

8

Tommy La Stella

20.5

13

7.5

Miguel Montero

30

23

7

Hector Rondon

20.5

14

6.5

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

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

David Ross

19.5

23.5

-4

Albert Almora Jr.

8

12

-4

Adam Warren

11.5

16

-4.5

Justin Grimm

8.5

13

-4.5

Kris Bryant

75.5

84.5

-9

Dexter Fowler

47.5

58

-10.5

Willson Contreras

19

29.5

-10.5

Jorge Soler

28

39

-11

Pedro Strop

9

21

-12

Matt Szczur

12

24.5

-12.5

Addison Russell

73

87.5

-14.5

Javier Baez

35

52.5

-17.5

Ben Zobrist

51.5

70.5

-19

Jason Heyward

37

82.5

-45.5