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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 152

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The offense was in full force on Wednesday night, with Miguel Montero's three-hit, three-RBI performance pushing him ahead of the pack to take the top spot on the Heroes in the Cubs' 9-2 win.

"Hey, I think one of us might make the Hero podium tonight.  Any bets?"
"Hey, I think one of us might make the Hero podium tonight. Any bets?"
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Graphs for Game 152 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 152 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 152:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lackey

7

5

0

2

1

4

0.97

.120

H Rondon

0.2

0

0

0

0

0

0.08

.002

M Montgomery

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.03

.002

J Smith

0.1

0

0

0

0

1

0.01

.000

Total

9

6

0

2

1

5

0.75

.124

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

M Montero

5

1

3

0

3

0

0

0.9

.242

B Zobrist

4

2

3

0

1

1

0

0.63

.140

D Fowler

4

3

2

1

1

0

0

0.88

.107

C Coghlan

2

0

1

0

0

2

1

0.92

.078

J Baez

5

0

3

0

1

0

0

0.71

.072

M Montgomery

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.01

.000

A Almora

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.03

-.001

A Rizzo

4

1

1

0

0

1

0

0.59

-.023

J Heyward

4

1

1

0

0

1

0

0.78

-.034

K Bryant

5

1

1

1

2

0

1

0.68

-.075

J Lackey

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.72

-.129

Total

39

9

15

2

8

5

5

0.78

.376

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 152: With two on and two out in the bottom of the third, Miguel Montero reaches down for a low pitch and sends it to left field for a single that scores Ben Zobrist, giving the Cubs a 3-2 lead. The throw home by Adam Duvall flies over the head of Tucker Barnhart, allowing Montero to advance to second. WPA impact: +.136.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Miguel Montero (.242). There was definitely some help in getting him to the top spot, including the aforementioned wild throw from Duvall and later scoring on a balk by Michael Lorenzen, but whether or not it would have completely eaten up the cushion between the first and second steps is a pretty close call. And keep in mind that he started pretty well in the hole thanks to an inning-ending groundout in the first with runners on the corners.
  • Hero - Ben Zobrist (.140). His spot was never in doubt; he got on base in each of his first four plate appearances including a run-scoring single in the first inning.
  • Sidekick - John Lackey (+.120 / -.009). His slash line ends up looking bad because of his 0-for-3 day at the plate with runners on in each of his three plate appearances, but pitching-wise it was a very good game for him especially after navigating through a lot of traffic in the first two innings.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Kris Bryant (-.075). He did have a two-run blast to the back of the bleachers under the Nuveen sign in left... which turned a 7-2 game into a 9-2 game. Still, 38 homers for the season is great regardless of when they show up.
  • Goat - Jason Heyward (-.034). Victimized by two early flyouts including one that came up just short of the track in center in the first.
  • Kid - Anthony Rizzo (-.023). It's the tough-luck spot for the game; four of his plate appearances came with nobody on base and he reached base twice in the game. Unfortunately for him there were five other Cubs that did better.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 152: Montero once again jumps ahead of Lackey on the chart, working his way back into double-digit positives for the first time since the middle of the season.

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

8

13.5

53.5

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

6.5

5

3.5

33

John Lackey

8

2

1

29

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

Kris Bryant

15.5

15.5

10

87.5

Addison Russell

14

14

17.5

87.5

Jason Heyward

16

15

6.5

84.5

Ben Zobrist

9.5

14.5

13

70.5

Anthony Rizzo

6

17

6.5

58.5

Dexter Fowler

12

8

6

58

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

58.5

35.5

Jake Arrieta

43.5

16

27.5

Jason Hammel

36

21

15

Miguel Montero

33

23

10

John Lackey

29

20

9

Tommy La Stella

20.5

13

7.5

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

Dexter Fowler

47.5

58

-10.5

Willson Contreras

19

29.5

-10.5

Jorge Soler

28

39

-11

Kris Bryant

75.5

87.5

-12

Pedro Strop

9

21

-12

Matt Szczur

12

24.5

-12.5

Addison Russell

73

87.5

-14.5

Ben Zobrist

53.5

70.5

-17

Javier Baez

35

52.5

-17.5

Jason Heyward

37

84.5

-47.5