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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 158

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The final start of the regular season for Jake Arrieta also happened to be his worst one, leading him to the top of the Goat podium uncontested in the Cubs' 8-4 loss on Wednesday night.

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Graphs for Game 158 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 158 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 158:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

H Rondon

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

0.15

.004

A Chapman

1

0

0

0

0

3

0.03

.002

M Montgomery

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.04

.002

P Strop

0.2

1

0

1

0

1

0.18

-.025

J Arrieta

5

10

1

7

2

4

0.83

-.351

Total

8

12

1

8

2

8

0.61

-.368

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

3

1

1

1

1

0

0

0.37

.095

W Contreras

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.29

.044

T La Stella

2

0

1

0

2

0

0

0.76

.039

B Zobrist

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.52

.032

T Federowicz

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.22

.012

A Almora

1

1

0

0

0

1

1

0.24

.001

C Coghlan

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

1.1

.000

M Kawasaki

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.42

-.010

M Szczur

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.66

-.035

K Bryant

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.56

-.048

J Heyward

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.95

-.048

A Russell

3

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.61

-.050

D Fowler

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.69

-.051

M Montero

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.34

-.053

J Arrieta

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.12

-.059

Total

32

4

4

1

3

4

6

0.68

-.132

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 158: With two on and nobody out in the bottom of the fourth, John Jaso mashes a Jake Arrieta curveball into the seats in right field for a three-run homer to put the Pirates ahead 4-1. WPA impact: -.162.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Anthony Rizzo (.095). It's been a very steady second half on the chart for Rizzo; if you look back 33 games ago he was sitting at plus-32.5. Since that point in time he's stayed within a six-point range, maxing out at plus-38.5 but basically holding his spot most of the time.
  • Hero - Willson Contreras (.044). No doubt that there's a fruit basket on its way to David Freese for throwing a ball away on Contreras' grounder in the seventh to make things a little more interesting.
  • Sidekick - Tommy La Stella (.039). Made his first plate appearance in the seventh and brought the Pirates' lead down to three with a two-run single to center.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jake Arrieta (-.351 / -.410). His Game Score of 21 in Wednesday's outing was his worst by a significant margin, beating his previous worst of 35 which happened on July 8, also against the Pirates. Wednesday's outing was also the first one in over two years that Arrieta allowed seven earned runs or more; you have to go back to August 6, 2014 against the Rockies to find the last one.
  • Goat - Miguel Montero (-.053). Only had two chances at the plate in this game, one of which came with two runners on and ended in a forceout.
  • Kid - Dexter Fowler (-.051). Maybe there's an anti-table-setter award to be had; he led off three innings in this game and made an out in each of them.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 158: After bouncing in and out of it several times, Arrieta ends up on the outside of the plus-30 club and most likely locked into fourth place on the chart.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

15

21.5

12

100

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

Kyle Hendricks

12

6

3

51

Dexter Fowler

4

11.5

14.5

49.5

Jake Arrieta

13.5

2.5

1

46.5

Javier Baez

5

7

8

37

Jason Heyward

4

9

7

37

Jason Hammel

9

2

5

36

Miguel Montero

6.5

5

3.5

33

John Lackey

8

2

2

30

Jorge Soler

4

4

8

28

Tommy La Stella

3

4

4.5

21.5

David Ross

2

6

3.5

21.5

Willson Contreras

4

3

3

21

Hector Rondon

2.5

3.5

6

20.5

Travis Wood

4

3

2

20

Matt Szczur

2

2

2

12

Adam Warren

1

3.5

1.5

11.5

Trevor Cahill

1

3

2.5

11.5

Chris Coghlan

2

2

1

11

Pedro Strop

1

2

2

9

Justin Grimm

0

1.5

5.5

8.5

Albert Almora Jr.

2

1

0

8

Carl Edwards Jr.

0

3

2

8

Rob Zastryzny

2

0

0.5

6.5

Aroldis Chapman

0

2

2.5

6.5

Mike Montgomery

1

1

1

6

Joe Smith

0

1

3

5

Clayton Richard

0

1

1

3

Felix Pena

0

1

0.5

2.5

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

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Addison Russell

15

15

17.5

92.5

Kris Bryant

15.5

15.5

11

88.5

Jason Heyward

16

15

9.5

87.5

Ben Zobrist

9.5

14.5

13

70.5

Anthony Rizzo

7

18

7.5

64.5

Dexter Fowler

12

8

7

59

Javier Baez

8

8

14.5

54.5

Jorge Soler

6

5

11

39

Willson Contreras

4.5

6.5

6

32.5

Miguel Montero

3

8

4

29

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

Jake Arrieta

5

1

2

19

Adam Warren

4

2

0

16

Justin Grimm

4

1

2

16

Hector Rondon

3

2

1

14

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

51

11

40

Anthony Rizzo

100

64.5

35.5

Jake Arrieta

46.5

19

27.5

Jason Hammel

36

24

12

John Lackey

30

20

10

Tommy La Stella

21.5

13

8.5

Hector Rondon

20.5

14

6.5

Rob Zastryzny

6.5

2

4.5

Miguel Montero

33

29

4

Felix Pena

2.5

0

2.5

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Munenori Kawasaki

2

1

1

Chris Coghlan

11

10.5

0.5

Aroldis Chapman

6.5

6

0.5

Carl Edwards Jr.

8

8

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

David Ross

21.5

23.5

-2

Travis Wood

20

22

-2

Joe Smith

5

7

-2

Jeimer Candelario

2

4

-2

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

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

16

-7.5

Dexter Fowler

49.5

59

-9.5

Jorge Soler

28

39

-11

Willson Contreras

21

32.5

-11.5

Kris Bryant

76.5

88.5

-12

Pedro Strop

9

21

-12

Matt Szczur

12

24.5

-12.5

Ben Zobrist

57

70.5

-13.5

Javier Baez

37

54.5

-17.5

Addison Russell

73

92.5

-19.5

Jason Heyward

37

87.5

-50.5