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Cubs Heroes and Goats 2017 biggest WPA countdown: No. 6 Positive

Perhaps the most awkward looking top positive WPA line.

In this week’s column, we’ll be taking a look at the game that produced the sixth highest positive WPA score of the year. For this game, we’ll be looking at a game from August 16. The Cubs had split the first two games of a four game set with the Reds. The first game was won by a score of 15-5. Then they lost the second game 2-1. That loss dropped the team’s record to 62-56 with a 1½-game lead in the division.

John Lackey got the start for the Cubs and he put the Cubs in a hole quickly. Billy Hamilton started the game with a double and Zack Cozart walked. Joey Votto followed with a line drive single to load the bases. Eugenio Suarez hit a sacrifice fly to give the Reds a 1-0 lead and Scooter Gennett also lofted what looked like a sacrifice fly to left, but Kyle Schwarber had other ideas and threw out Cozart trying to score and the double play ended the inning with only one run.

The Cubs bats wasted no time at all getting …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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