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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 155

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Jon Lester extended his consecutive Superhero streak to eight games with another strong six-plus inning outing on Sunday night as the Cubs won 3-1 in the regular-season home finale.

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The old adage says that a picture is worth a thousand words; I think that figure might be a bit short in this case.

Graphs for Game 155 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 155 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 155:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lester

6.2

3

0

0

1

7

1.09

.356

A Chapman

1

0

0

0

1

1

1.04

.069

J Grimm

1

2

0

0

0

2

3.02

.066

C Edwards Jr.

0.1

0

0

1

1

1

1.94

-.003

Total

9

5

0

1

3

11

1.4

.488

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

D Ross

2

1

1

1

1

1

1

0.93

.134

B Zobrist

4

2

3

0

0

0

0

0.79

.069

A Russell

3

0

1

0

1

1

0

1.06

.050

D Fowler

3

0

1

0

0

1

2

0.83

.031

W Contreras

1

0

1

0

1

0

0

1.34

.023

K Bryant

2

0

0

0

0

2

1

0.91

-.005

T La Stella

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.5

-.014

J Heyward

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.76

-.015

J Baez

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.11

-.053

J Lester

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.92

-.072

A Rizzo

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.1

-.135

Total

30

3

8

1

3

5

10

0.92

.012

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 155: With runners on first and second and nobody out in the top of the sixth, Matt Carpenter hits a check-swing grounder right to Javier Baez who goes around the horn for a 5-6-3 double playWPA impact: +.171.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Jon Lester (.356 / .284). As Al mentioned in his recap, he's allowed one run or less in each of his last eight starts. He's also allowed two runs or less in each of his last 11.
  • Hero - David Ross (.134). What better way to finish your final regular-season home finale than with a blast into the seats in left-center. And that ovation that he got in the seventh... that was something really special.
  • Sidekick #1 (tie) - Aroldis Chapman (.069). He's struck out 40 batters in just under 24 innings of work since joining the Cubs. That's a 15.2 strikeout-per-nine-innings rate.
  • Sidekick #2 (tie) - Ben Zobrist (.069). All kinds of table-setting in this one, and you have to give an assist to CB Bucknor for deflecting Zobrist's first hit with his foot. Who knew that he was a hacky-sack player as well as an umpire?

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Anthony Rizzo (-.135). He's got a lot of work to do if he's planning on getting into the plus-40 club this season; in the past 16 games, he's only found his way to the Hero podium once. Just saving it up for the playoffs.
  • Goat - Javier Baez (-.053). Got on base in the eighth when he was hit by a pitch, but that was about it.
  • Kid - Jason Heyward (-.015). The night started off well with a single and a stolen base, but he couldn't capitalize on a couple of opportunities later in the game with runners on.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 155: Lester continues his breakaway from the rest of the field, with a regular-season first-place finish on the charts looking all but certain with seven games remaining.

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

19

3.5

2.5

66.5

Ben Zobrist

9

8

14

57

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

6

3.5

21.5

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

2.5

6.5

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

9.5

87.5

Ben Zobrist

9.5

14.5

13

70.5

Anthony Rizzo

7

18

6.5

63.5

Dexter Fowler

12

8

6

58

Javier Baez

8

8

14.5

54.5

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

66.5

12

54.5

Kyle Hendricks

48

11

37

Anthony Rizzo

96

63.5

32.5

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

6.5

6

0.5

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

21.5

23.5

-2

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

57

70.5

-13.5

Addison Russell

73

90.5

-17.5

Javier Baez

35

54.5

-19.5

Jason Heyward

37

87.5

-50.5