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Heroes And Zeroes 3: Cubs 3, Pirates 2

Most of you know the drill. I crunched some numbers available here at www.fangraphs.com to rank the best and worst performers from today's game.

The Good

First Star: Jason Hammel

Chicago's number three starter was the big winner in today's matchup. He pitched six and two-thirds innings and struck out five Buccos. He allowed a walk, two hits, and one earned run. Going 0-for-3 from the plate with two strikeouts didn't really hurt him very much. He topped the chart with a .258 WPA (.280 on the hill and -.022 at the plate).

Second Star: Pedro Strop

Strop pitched an almost perfect ninth for the save. He allowed only a single to Neil Walker. Strop and the Cubs are now one-for-one in save opportunities. He had a .162 WPA.

Third Star: Neil Walker

Walker walked and scored a run in the seventh inning, but the biggest positive factor in his high WPA was his hit to lead off the ninth inning. He was eventually erased when Tony Sanchez lined into a double play to end the game. His WPA stood at .114.

The Not As Good

First Not as Good: Pedro Alvarez

Alvarez flew out to left twice, flew out to center field once, and finished his night by grounding out to the pitcher. At least he didn't strike out, though. His WPA was -.162.

Second Not as Good: Starling Marte

After posting a game leading .599 WPA last night/this morning, Marte struck out three times in four plate appearances, flying out in the other. He ended up with a -.151 WPA.

Third Not as Good: Wandy Rodriguez

When all was said and done, Rodriguez' line score wasn't so bad. He allowed five hits in six innings, with five strikeouts and a walk. The big problem was when he allowed one earned run in each of the first three innings, including Cub Mike Olt's first ever Major League home run in the second. He went one-of-two from the plate, which helped him raise his WPA to -.138 (-.163 from the mound, .025 from home plate).

Next up, the return of Gerrit Cole to the mound at PNC Park. He'll face Shelby Miller and the rest of the St. Louis Cardinals in a rematch of last season's NLDS game five.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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