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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 134

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No doubt about this one... Jon Lester picked up his team-leading 15th Superhero courtesy of a complete-game three-hitter in the Cubs' 2-1 win against the Giants on Friday.

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Another fun fact from Friday's game:

Graphs for Game 134 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 134 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 134:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lester

9

3

1

1

2

4

1.2

.567

Total

9

3

1

1

2

4

1.2

.567

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

D Ross

3

1

1

0

1

0

2

0.88

.076

J Baez

3

1

1

0

0

0

2

0.73

.039

A Russell

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1.04

.031

D Fowler

3

0

1

0

1

1

0

0.72

.030

A Rizzo

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0.64

.005

B Zobrist

2

0

0

0

0

2

0

0.88

-.018

K Bryant

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.61

-.019

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.89

-.027

C Coghlan

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.62

-.030

J Lester

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.68

-.032

J Heyward

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.8

-.122

Total

27

2

5

0

2

5

6

0.75

-.067

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 134: With Javier Baez on second and nobody out in the third, David Ross hits a double into the left-field corner to bring Baez home and give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. WPA impact: +.107.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Jon Lester (.567 / .535). Lester has two complete games this season, both against National League West opponents and with both games ending in 2-1 victories. The other game was a 2-1 win against the Dodgers on June 1.
  • Hero - David Ross (.076). The second and third spots on the podium were both earned in the same simple fashion...
  • Sidekick - Javier Baez (.039). ...by hitting doubles in the third inning.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jason Heyward (-.122). He must have done something to anger both the WPA and BABIP overlords in this one; there's no other explanation for his bases-loaded line drive right to Joe Panik that turned into an inning-ending double play in the eighth.
  • Goat - Chris Coghlan (-.030). Just a run-of-the-mill 0-for-2 day before being lifted in the sixth for...
  • Kid - Matt Szczur (-.027). ...who proceeded to once again end up with one plate appearance in a game and once again end up on the final step of the Goats as a result of it. It's his curse.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 134: Lester becomes the first Cub this season to make his way into the plus-40 club while Heyward finds himself dangerously close to a very ugly club on the other side of the chart.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

11

20.5

11

85

Addison Russell

12

11

13

71

Kris Bryant

8.5

14.5

13

67.5

Jon Lester

15

3.5

2.5

54.5

Ben Zobrist

8

6

11.5

47.5

Kyle Hendricks

10

5

3

43

Jake Arrieta

12.5

2.5

0

42.5

Dexter Fowler

3

7.5

14.5

38.5

Jason Hammel

9

2

5

36

Javier Baez

4

5

8

30

Jason Heyward

2

9

5

29

John Lackey

8

1

0

26

Miguel Montero

4.5

4

3.5

25

Jorge Soler

4

3

7

25

Travis Wood

4

3

2

20

Hector Rondon

2.5

3.5

5

19.5

Tommy La Stella

2

4

3.5

17.5

David Ross

2

4

2.5

16.5

Willson Contreras

3

1

3

14

Adam Warren

1

3.5

1.5

11.5

Trevor Cahill

1

3

0.5

9.5

Matt Szczur

1

2

2

9

Pedro Strop

1

2

2

9

Albert Almora Jr.

2

1

0

8

Justin Grimm

0

1.5

4.5

7.5

Rob Zastryzny

2

0

0.5

6.5

Carl Edwards Jr.

0

2

2

6

Mike Montgomery

1

1

0

5

Chris Coghlan

0

2

1

5

Aroldis Chapman

0

1

1

3

Clayton Richard

0

1

1

3

Jeimer Candelario

0

1

0

2

Joel Peralta

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

Joe Smith

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Felix Pena

0

0

0.5

0.5

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Jason Heyward

15

14

5.5

78.5

Addison Russell

13

12

13.5

76.5

Kris Bryant

10.5

11.5

10

64.5

Ben Zobrist

6.5

14.5

12

60.5

Anthony Rizzo

6

15

5.5

53.5

Dexter Fowler

10

7

6

50

Javier Baez

7

7

13.5

48.5

Jorge Soler

6

3

11

35

Willson Contreras

3.5

5.5

4

25.5

Travis Wood

5

1

5

22

Miguel Montero

3

5

3

22

Pedro Strop

4

4

1

21

Matt Szczur

1.5

3.5

9

20.5

David Ross

3

3

4.5

19.5

John Lackey

5

1

2

19

Adam Warren

4

2

0

16

Jason Hammel

3

2

2

15

Hector Rondon

3

2

1

14

Jake Arrieta

3

1

2

13

Trevor Cahill

2

3

1

13

Jon Lester

3

1

1

12

Albert Almora Jr.

1

2

5

12

Kyle Hendricks

2

2

1

11

Justin Grimm

2

1

2

10

Tommy La Stella

2

0

4

10

Mike Montgomery

2

1

1

9

Chris Coghlan

1

2

1.5

8.5

Aroldis Chapman

2

0

0

6

Carl Edwards Jr.

1

1

1

6

Clayton Richard

1

0

3

6

Tim Federowicz

1

0

1

4

Jeimer Candelario

0

2

0

4

Joe Smith

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

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Jon Lester

54.5

12

42.5

Kyle Hendricks

43

11

32

Anthony Rizzo

85

53.5

31.5

Jake Arrieta

42.5

13

29.5

Jason Hammel

36

15

21

Tommy La Stella

17.5

10

7.5

John Lackey

26

19

7

Hector Rondon

19.5

14

5.5

Rob Zastryzny

6.5

2

4.5

Kris Bryant

67.5

64.5

3

Miguel Montero

25

22

3

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Felix Pena

0.5

0

0.5

Carl Edwards Jr.

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

Jeimer Candelario

2

4

-2

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Justin Grimm

7.5

10

-2.5

David Ross

16.5

19.5

-3

Aroldis Chapman

3

6

-3

Clayton Richard

3

6

-3

Joe Smith

1

4

-3

Brian Matusz

0

3

-3

Trevor Cahill

9.5

13

-3.5

Chris Coghlan

5

8.5

-3.5

Albert Almora Jr.

8

12

-4

Mike Montgomery

5

9

-4

Adam Warren

11.5

16

-4.5

Addison Russell

71

76.5

-5.5

Jorge Soler

25

35

-10

Dexter Fowler

38.5

50

-11.5

Willson Contreras

14

25.5

-11.5

Matt Szczur

9

20.5

-11.5

Pedro Strop

9

21

-12

Ben Zobrist

47.5

60.5

-13

Javier Baez

30

48.5

-18.5

Jason Heyward

29

78.5

-49.5