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Cubs Heroes and Goats 2017 biggest WPA Countdown: No. 4 negative

A Pedro Strop meltdown.

The good news on the negative side of the list was that five of the first six were games prior to the All-Star break. Three of those five were games by the bullpen and it isn’t unusual for bullpen roles to be sorting out as a season progresses, even for the best of teams. Today though and heading into the final four on the negative side of things, we’re going to see some blown games that occurred in the last two months of the year when things were tense.

Fortunately, today’s look back looks at a game from late August. For most of the month the Cubs were neck and neck with the Brewers for the division lead. However, ahead of this game, the Cubs had won five straight and had seen their division lead advance from one game to 3½ games.

This game, from August 24, featured Jake Arrieta facing Sal Romano of the Reds. The game was played in Cincinnati. After a scoreless first inning Ian Happ hit a one out home run in the second to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. The score would stay …Read the Rest

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