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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 161

It's a pitching clean sweep of the Hero podium, with Kyle Hendricks' six strong innings leading the charge.

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

One game left.
Home field for the wild card on the line.
Both games starting at the same time.
All kinds of possibilities still left in the American League.

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I love baseball.

Graphs for Game 161 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 161 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 161:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Hendricks

6

1

0

0

0

8

0.96

.377

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

0

1

2.5

.184

F Rodney

1

1

0

0

1

1

3.81

.133

P Strop

1

0

0

0

0

1

1.4

.103

Total

9

2

0

0

1

11

1.56

.797

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

D Fowler

4

0

2

0

0

1

2

1.09

.098

C Coghlan

4

1

3

0

0

0

1

0.66

.081

Q Berry

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.33

.068

J Soler

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.92

.036

A Jackson

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.27

.025

T La Stella

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.59

.022

K Schwarber

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

1.38

-.022

K Hendricks

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.13

-.035

D Ross

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

1.09

-.052

A Russell

4

0

1

0

1

0

2

1.39

-.064

S Castro

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

1.04

-.086

A Rizzo

5

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.57

-.147

K Bryant

5

0

0

0

0

0

3

1.42

-.223

Total

33

1

8

0

1

5

9

1.19

-.297

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 - Kyle Hendricks (.377). Here's the numbers for Hendricks' last two starts: 12 innings pitched, three hits, no runs, two walks, 17 strikeouts. That's... pretty darn good.
  • Hero - Hector Rondon (.184). A nice, uneventful save to end a 1-0 game.
  • Sidekick - Fernando Rodney (.133). Wiggled his way out of a jam with a lot of help from Kris Bryant on a nice defensive play that turned into an inning-ending 5-4-3.

THE THREE GOATS: I originally was going to write about the number of people that would guess the Cubs would win with the following Goat podium, but then I remembered that it did happen once before this season.

  • Billy Goat - Kris Bryant (-.223). Three huge whiffs with all kinds of runners on base. Seven of them, to be precise.
  • Goat - Anthony Rizzo (-.147). And all seven of those guys that were on base for Bryant were also on base for -- and stranded by -- Rizzo. The only difference is that Rizzo didn't strike out.
  • Kid - Starlin Castro (-.086). I love what Castro has done in the second half as much as anybody, but one thing's for sure: the dude still knows how to hit into the 6-4-3.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 161 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):
Bryant falls out of the plus-40 club, and Castro once again finds himself one-half of a point away from the cellar.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

17

27.5

11.5

117.5

Kris Bryant

17

19

9

98

Jake Arrieta

19.5

4

0.5

67

Dexter Fowler

11

6

17

62

Starlin Castro

7

9

13

52

Addison Russell

9

6.5

9.5

49.5

Miguel Montero

10.5

6.5

4

48.5

Jorge Soler

7

11

3

46

Chris Coghlan

8

5

10

44

Jon Lester

9

6

2

41

Kyle Schwarber

9

2

8

39

Jason Hammel

7

5

1

32

Hector Rondon

1

10

8.5

31.5

Kyle Hendricks

6

2

3

25

Travis Wood

2

6

3.5

21.5

Pedro Strop

2

2

10

20

Chris Denorfia

2

3

5.5

17.5

Tommy La Stella

3

3

1

16

Jonathan Herrera

1

5

2

15

Matt Szczur

2

2

2.5

12.5

Zac Rosscup

2

0

4.5

10.5

x-Jason Motte

0

2.5

5.5

10.5

Justin Grimm

0

2

6.5

10.5

Austin Jackson

2

1

1

9

x-James Russell

0

3

1.5

7.5

Dan Haren

1

2

0

7

Trevor Cahill

1

1

2

7

x-Junior Lake

1

1

1

6

Clayton Richard

1

0

3

6

Tsuyoshi Wada

1

1

0

5

x-Taylor Teagarden

1

1

0

5

x-Brian Schlitter

0

2

1

5

David Ross

0

1

2

4

x-Phil Coke

1

0

0.5

3.5

x-Edwin Jackson

0

1

1

3

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

1

0

2

x-Welington Castillo

0

1

0

2

Tommy Hunter

0

0

2

2

Fernando Rodney

0

0

1.5

1.5

x-Mike Baxter

0

0

1.5

1.5

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Yoervis Medina

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

11

12

16

73

Addison Russell

6

18

13

67

Kris Bryant

10

11

9

61

Jorge Soler

9

12

10

61

Dexter Fowler

9

11.5

10.5

60.5

Anthony Rizzo

7

11

10

53

Chris Coghlan

4

12

16.5

52.5

Miguel Montero

3

12

10

43

Kyle Hendricks

10

3

1

37

Kyle Schwarber

5

7

8

37

Jason Hammel

8

5

0

34

Pedro Strop

9

2

0.5

31.5

Justin Grimm

4

5

5

27

David Ross

3

4.5

7.5

25.5

Jon Lester

7

1

2

25

Hector Rondon

6

3

0

24

Chris Denorfia

3

3

8

23

Zac Rosscup

5

1

1

18

Jake Arrieta

5

0

1

16

Travis Wood

3

2

3

16

Jonathan Herrera

1

2.5

6.5

14.5

Dan Haren

3

1

2

13

Tsuyoshi Wada

4

0

0

12

Clayton Richard

1

4

1

12

Austin Jackson

2

2

1

11

x-Jason Motte

1

4

0

11

x-Brian Schlitter

3

0

1

10

Javier Baez

2

1

2

10

x-Edwin Jackson

2

1

0

8

x-Mike Baxter

2

1

0

8

Fernando Rodney

1

2

0

7

Tommy La Stella

1

1

2

7

x-Welington Castillo

1

1

2

7

x-Dallas Beeler

2

0

0

6

x-Rafael Soriano

2

0

0

6

Matt Szczur

0

1

4

6

Tommy Hunter

1

0.5

1.5

5.5

x-James Russell

1

1

0

5

x-Junior Lake

1

0

2

5

x-Mike Olt

1

0

1

4

x-Donn Roach

1

0

0

3

x-Gonzalez Germen

1

0

0

3

x-Phil Coke

0

1

1

3

Quintin Berry

0

1

0

2

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

117.5

53

64.5

Jake Arrieta

67

16

51

Kris Bryant

98

61

37

Jon Lester

41

25

16

Tommy La Stella

16

7

9

Hector Rondon

31.5

24

7.5

Trevor Cahill

7

0

7

Matt Szczur

12.5

6

6.5

Miguel Montero

48.5

43

5.5

Travis Wood

21.5

16

5.5

x-Taylor Teagarden

5

0

5

x-James Russell

7.5

5

2.5

Kyle Schwarber

39

37

2

Dexter Fowler

62

60.5

1.5

x-Junior Lake

6

5

1

x-Arismendy Alcantara

2

1

1

Yoervis Medina

1

0

1

Jonathan Herrera

15

14.5

0.5

x-Phil Coke

3.5

3

0.5

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

x-Jason Motte

10.5

11

-0.5

Jason Hammel

32

34

-2

Austin Jackson

9

11

-2

Quintin Berry

0

2

-2

x-Donn Roach

0

3

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

Tommy Hunter

2

5.5

-3.5

x-Mike Olt

0

4

-4

x-Brian Schlitter

5

10

-5

x-Edwin Jackson

3

8

-5

x-Welington Castillo

2

7

-5

Chris Denorfia

17.5

23

-5.5

Fernando Rodney

1.5

7

-5.5

Dan Haren

7

13

-6

Clayton Richard

6

12

-6

x-Dallas Beeler

0

6

-6

x-Rafael Soriano

0

6

-6

x-Mike Baxter

1.5

8

-6.5

Tsuyoshi Wada

5

12

-7

Zac Rosscup

10.5

18

-7.5

Chris Coghlan

44

52.5

-8.5

Javier Baez

0

10

-10

Pedro Strop

20

31.5

-11.5

Kyle Hendricks

25

37

-12

Jorge Soler

46

61

-15

Justin Grimm

10.5

27

-16.5

Addison Russell

49.5

67

-17.5

Starlin Castro

52

73

-21

David Ross

4

25.5

-21.5