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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 159

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In the final game against the Pirates this season, it was two infield singles and a hustle play on a wild pitch that took Willson Contreras to the top of the Heroes in a 1-1 stalemate in rainy Pittsburgh.

"Hey, I'll see you on the Hero podium later.  You made sure to get the rain machine warmed up, right?"
"Hey, I'll see you on the Hero podium later. You made sure to get the rain machine warmed up, right?"
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Sometimes it doesn't pay to be a rookie.

Graphs for Game 159 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 159 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 159:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T Wood

1.1

0

0

0

0

0

0.9

.090

R Zastryzny

3.2

2

0

0

2

4

1.19

.044

Total

5

2

0

0

2

4

1.13

.134

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

W Contreras

2

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

.097

M Szczur

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.4

.020

M Kawasaki

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.97

.004

A Russell

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.39

-.019

T Wood

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.84

-.020

T Federowicz

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

1.81

-.022

R Zastryzny

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.87

-.053

T La Stella

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.75

-.055

J Baez

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.73

-.058

A Almora

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.85

-.061

Total

18

1

4

0

1

0

5

1.1

-.166

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 THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Willson Contreras (.097). Managed to get the top spot of the Hero podium without hitting the ball out of the infield. It's hard to send a fruit basket to Ivan Nova for his wild pitch in the fourth, mainly because it never got that far away from Eric Fryer behind the plate and it was more of a hustle play than a true wild pitch. Maybe Nova can get a piece or two of fruit with a "thank you" card.
  • Hero - Travis Wood (.090 / .070). The side-effect of a bullpen game: Four outs in the fourth and fifth inning can end up being sufficient for a space in the top three, as was the case here.
  • Sidekick - Rob Zastryzny (.044 / -.009). A nice job for his first major-league start, with only a couple of singles and a couple of walks allowed.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Albert Almora Jr. (-.061). There were a couple of 0-for-3 performances on the night; his was magnified a bit by one appearance coming with a runner on and another being the final out of the game in the sixth.
  • Goat - Javier Baez (-.058). He did have a sac bunt, but the WPA overlords have never been fans of sac bunts.
  • Kid - Tommy La Stella (-.055). Here's the other 0-for-3 from Thursday's game, a somewhat uneventful one with two leadoff outs and a third appearance with nobody on base.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 159: The top of the chart gets the game off while Wood moves his way back to even ground with three games remaining in the regular season.

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

Willson Contreras

5

3

3

24

Travis Wood

4

4

2

22

Tommy La Stella

3

4

4.5

21.5

David Ross

2

6

3.5

21.5

Hector Rondon

2.5

3.5

6

20.5

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

1.5

7.5

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

9

14.5

56.5

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

Albert Almora Jr.

2

2

5

15

Hector Rondon

3

2

1

14

Tommy La Stella

2

1

6

14

Trevor Cahill

2

3

1

13

Jon Lester

3

1

1

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

14

7.5

Hector Rondon

20.5

14

6.5

Rob Zastryzny

7.5

2

5.5

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

Travis Wood

22

22

0

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

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

Adam Warren

11.5

16

-4.5

Albert Almora Jr.

8

15

-7

Justin Grimm

8.5

16

-7.5

Willson Contreras

24

32.5

-8.5

Dexter Fowler

49.5

59

-9.5

Jorge Soler

28

39

-11

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

Addison Russell

73

92.5

-19.5

Javier Baez

37

56.5

-19.5

Jason Heyward

37

87.5

-50.5