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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 154

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It was a short day at the office for Jason Hammel as he allowed six hits and a walk in just over two innings of work, as well as a four-run first inning, to take the top spot on the Goats uncontested in the Cubs' 10-4 loss.

So, about that postseason roster spot...
So, about that postseason roster spot...
Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

#AlwaysOptimistic

Graphs for Game 154 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 154 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 154:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T Cahill

1.1

1

0

0

1

1

0.41

.024

T Wood

0.2

0

0

0

0

1

0.45

.023

F Pena

0.2

0

0

0

0

1

0.06

.003

S Patton

1

1

0

0

0

2

0.01

.000

M Montgomery

1.2

1

0

0

1

1

0.8

-.002

R Zastryzny

1

2

0

1

0

0

0.02

-.003

H Rondon

0.1

3

0

3

1

0

0.48

-.083

J Hammel

2.1

6

1

6

1

2

0.91

-.402

Total

9

14

1

10

4

8

0.54

-.440

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

B Zobrist

2

0

1

0

2

1

0

1.07

.176

D Fowler

5

1

3

0

1

0

1

0.63

.172

J Hammel

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.15

.062

M Kawasaki

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.01

.000

J Baez

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.05

-.001

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.03

-.001

A Almora

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.03

-.001

C Coghlan

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.07

-.002

J Soler

3

1

0

0

0

1

0

0.67

-.011

T La Stella

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.63

-.016

W Contreras

4

1

2

1

1

0

1

0.79

-.027

M Montero

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.36

-.056

A Russell

3

0

1

0

0

0

2

1.1

-.063

K Bryant

3

1

0

0

0

1

2

1.11

-.072

J Heyward

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.11

-.087

A Rizzo

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.67

-.136

Total

34

4

8

1

4

3

10

0.85

-.060

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 154: With two out and the bases loaded in the top of the first, Yadier Molina hits a double down the third-base line out of the reach of Kris Bryant, scoring two and giving the Cardinals an early 2-0 lead. WPA impact: -.178.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Ben Zobrist (.176). Picks up his first Superhero in a month -- August 24, to be precise -- thanks to his two-run triple in the first to cut the Cardinals' lead in half.
  • Hero - Dexter Fowler (.172). Did his best to catch Zobrist for the top step with a single, double, and triple in his first three plate appearances, but ended up just short with his strikeout in the seventh.
  • Sidekick - Trevor Cahill (.024). There wasn't much else to the Cubs' offense on Saturday, aside from the Willson Contreras homer in the ninth to cut the deficit to six, so Cahill's four outs in the fifth and sixth innings were all that was necessary to claim the final step. And that's even with the walk to end his outing.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jason Hammel (-.402 / -.340). Well... uh... at least he hit a single.
  • Goat - Anthony Rizzo (-.136). He had a couple of big chances with a couple of runners on while the game was still close, but struck out each time.
  • Kid - Jason Heyward (-.087). It was the day of the popout for Heyward as he skied three balls around the infield in his three plate appearances.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 154: Rizzo's hold on the second spot in the chart is short-lived as he gives back his two points that he gained on Friday to once again land 1½ points behind Kyle Hendricks.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

14

21.5

11

96

Kris Bryant

9.5

16.5

15

76.5

Addison Russell

12

11

15

73

Jon Lester

18

3.5

2.5

63.5

Ben Zobrist

9

8

13.5

56.5

Dexter Fowler

4

11.5

14.5

49.5

Kyle Hendricks

11

6

3

48

Jake Arrieta

13.5

2.5

1

46.5

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

2.5

11.5

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

15

14

17.5

90.5

Kris Bryant

15.5

15.5

10

87.5

Jason Heyward

16

15

8.5

86.5

Ben Zobrist

9.5

14.5

13

70.5

Anthony Rizzo

6

18

6.5

60.5

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

Miguel Montero

3

6

4

25

Matt Szczur

1.5

5.5

9

24.5

Jason Hammel

6

2

2

24

David Ross

3

4

6.5

23.5

Travis Wood

5

1

5

22

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

96

60.5

35.5

Jake Arrieta

46.5

16

30.5

Jason Hammel

36

24

12

John Lackey

29

20

9

Miguel Montero

33

25

8

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

Trevor Cahill

11.5

13

-1.5

Travis Wood

20

22

-2

Joe Smith

5

7

-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

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

49.5

58

-8.5

Willson Contreras

19

29.5

-10.5

Kris Bryant

76.5

87.5

-11

Jorge Soler

28

39

-11

Pedro Strop

9

21

-12

Matt Szczur

12

24.5

-12.5

Ben Zobrist

56.5

70.5

-14

Addison Russell

73

90.5

-17.5

Javier Baez

35

52.5

-17.5

Jason Heyward

37

86.5

-49.5