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Cubs Heroes and Goats 2017 biggest WPA countdown: No. 9 (negative)

The pitching duel that wasn’t.

On May 28, 2017 the Cubs visited the Los Angeles Dodgers. On the mound for the Cubs was Jon Lester. Clayton Kershaw was the opposition. The Cubs came in having dropped the first two games of the series to start their six-game road trip and facing one of this generation’s best pitchers, a daunting task to say the least. But having Lester on the mound, the sometimes ace of the Chicago Cubs, gave some reason for hope. The Cubs were 25-23 coming in and the Dodgers were 30-20. About 10 days earlier, the Dodgers had started to catch fire and had won eight out of 10 coming into the game.

The game started well for the Cubs with Willson Contreras breaking up a scoreless tie with a solo homer leading off the top of the second inning. In the bottom half of the inning, Enrique Hernandez lead off with a walk and Austin Barnes followed with a single. Cody Bellinger then launched a home run, his 10th of the season, making it 3-1 (-.224 WPA from the home run alone). Jon bounced back and retired the next three …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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