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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 119

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It was a photo finish at the top of the Hero podium on Thursday... but who won it?

"Man, Jake's on a roll.  I need this one just to keep up with him."
"Man, Jake's on a roll. I need this one just to keep up with him."
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This one was the racing definition of "by a nose", or even "by a hair".  The difference between first and second place on the podium:  .001.

Graphs for Game 119 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 119 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 119:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Arrieta

6

4

0

0

1

7

0.66

.198

J Grimm

0.2

0

0

0

0

0

0.22

.009

T Hunter

1

1

0

0

0

2

0.05

.002

T Wood

1.1

3

0

1

1

2

0.08

-.004

Total

9

8

0

1

2

11

0.45

.205

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

3

1

1

1

3

1

1

0.7

.197

C Coghlan

4

2

2

0

2

0

0

0.71

.155

A Russell

4

2

2

1

1

0

0

0.28

.074

D Fowler

4

1

2

0

0

0

1

0.66

.041

J Soler

3

0

1

0

0

1

1

0.28

.016

J Herrera

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.000

S Castro

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.01

.000

M Montero

4

0

1

0

1

0

1

0.37

-.024

K Bryant

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.62

-.044

J Arrieta

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.67

-.049

K Schwarber

3

1

0

0

0

1

1

0.73

-.071

Total

33

7

9

2

7

3

10

0.52

.295

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: And down the stretch they come... it's...

  • Superhero - Jake Arrieta (.198). It was a squeaker and there was plenty of jostling, but his six innings of shutout ball...
  • Hero - Anthony Rizzo (.197). ...just edged out his homer down the right-field line. Oh, and can Rizzo turn on a pitch, or what?
  • Sidekick - Chris Coghlan (.155). Some nights you go 2-for-3 with a triple and drive in two runs... and you come in third.

THE THREE GOATS: Another two-way bump on the Goat podium as Arrieta's -.049 hitting is moved out. It's the 29th bump on the season and the 26th from the Goats. For comparison purposes, there were 34 bumps in 2014 for pitcher hitting, but only 19 of them came from the Goats with the other 15 (I know, right?) coming from the Heroes.

  • Billy Goat - Kyle Schwarber (-.071). Maybe he just wanted to give a little of the spotlight back to Rizzo. It might be an unwritten clubhouse agreement.
  • Goat - Kris Bryant (-.044). In the "I must be oblivious" department: I didn't realize until yesterday that Bryant is leading the National League in strikeouts. I guess when you have an .822 OPS those things kinda fall by the side of the road.
  • Kid - Miguel Montero (-.024). Even his run-scoring double couldn't help him out, especially since it was the extra point on the Cubs' touchdown.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 119 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):
Rizzo and Arrieta add to their first-place and second-place leads, with Arrieta becoming the second player this season to break the plus-30 mark.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

14

21.5

6.5

91.5

Kris Bryant

12

10

6

62

Dexter Fowler

10

5

11

51

Jake Arrieta

13.5

3

0.5

47

Jorge Soler

6

11

3

43

Chris Coghlan

8

3

8

38

Miguel Montero

7.5

5.5

2

35.5

Addison Russell

6

4.5

7.5

34.5

Starlin Castro

3

7

10

33

Jon Lester

7

3

2

29

Jason Hammel

7

3

0

27

Hector Rondon

0

9

8.5

26.5

Kyle Schwarber

6

2

4

26

Travis Wood

2

6

3.5

21.5

Kyle Hendricks

5

1

2

19

Jonathan Herrera

1

5

2

15

Pedro Strop

1

1

8.5

13.5

Jason Motte

0

2.5

5.5

10.5

Justin Grimm

0

2

6.5

10.5

x-Matt Szczur

2

1

2

10

x-Zac Rosscup

2

0

3

9

Chris Denorfia

1

1

3.5

8.5

James Russell

0

3

1.5

7.5

x-Junior Lake

1

1

1

6

x-Tsuyoshi Wada

1

1

0

5

x-Taylor Teagarden

1

1

0

5

Clayton Richard

1

0

2

5

x-Brian Schlitter

0

2

1

5

x-Phil Coke

1

0

0.5

3.5

x-Edwin Jackson

0

1

1

3

Dan Haren

0

1

0

2

x-Welington Castillo

0

1

0

2

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

1

0

2

David Ross

0

0

2

2

x-Mike Baxter

0

0

1.5

1.5

x-Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

x-Yoervis Medina

0

0

1

1

Tommy Hunter

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

10

9

14

62

Jorge Soler

6

12

10

52

Kris Bryant

7

9

8

47

Dexter Fowler

7

8.5

8.5

46.5

Addison Russell

2

15

9

45

Anthony Rizzo

7

9

4

43

Chris Coghlan

2

9

15

39

Miguel Montero

3

7

8

31

Pedro Strop

8

2

0

28

Kyle Hendricks

8

1

1

27

Jon Lester

6

1

1

21

David Ross

2

4.5

5.5

20.5

Jason Hammel

4

4

0

20

Hector Rondon

5

2

0

19

Chris Denorfia

3

2

6

19

Justin Grimm

2

4

3

17

Kyle Schwarber

2

4

3

17

Jake Arrieta

5

0

1

16

Travis Wood

2

2

3

13

x-Tsuyoshi Wada

4

0

0

12

x-Zac Rosscup

3

1

1

12

Jason Motte

1

4

0

11

Jonathan Herrera

1

2

4

11

x-Brian Schlitter

3

0

1

10

x-Edwin Jackson

2

1

0

8

x-Mike Baxter

2

1

0

8

x-Welington Castillo

1

1

2

7

x-Rafael Soriano

2

0

0

6

x-Dallas Beeler

2

0

0

6

James Russell

1

1

0

5

x-Junior Lake

1

0

2

5

x-Matt Szczur

0

1

3

5

x-Mike Olt

1

0

1

4

Tommy Hunter

1

0

1

4

Dan Haren

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

Clayton Richard

0

1

0

2

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

0

1

1

x-Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

91.5

43

48.5

Jake Arrieta

47

16

31

Kris Bryant

62

47

15

Kyle Schwarber

26

17

9

Travis Wood

21.5

13

8.5

Jon Lester

29

21

8

Hector Rondon

26.5

19

7.5

Jason Hammel

27

20

7

x-Matt Szczur

10

5

5

x-Taylor Teagarden

5

0

5

Dexter Fowler

51

46.5

4.5

Miguel Montero

35.5

31

4.5

Jonathan Herrera

15

11

4

Clayton Richard

5

2

3

James Russell

7.5

5

2.5

x-Junior Lake

6

5

1

x-Arismendy Alcantara

2

1

1

x-Yoervis Medina

1

0

1

x-Phil Coke

3.5

3

0.5

x-Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Jason Motte

10.5

11

-0.5

Chris Coghlan

38

39

-1

Dan Haren

2

4

-2

x-Zac Rosscup

9

12

-3

Tommy Hunter

1

4

-3

x-Donn Roach

0

3

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

x-Mike Olt

0

4

-4

x-Brian Schlitter

5

10

-5

x-Edwin Jackson

3

8

-5

x-Welington Castillo

2

7

-5

x-Dallas Beeler

0

6

-6

x-Rafael Soriano

0

6

-6

Justin Grimm

10.5

17

-6.5

x-Mike Baxter

1.5

8

-6.5

x-Tsuyoshi Wada

5

12

-7

Kyle Hendricks

19

27

-8

Jorge Soler

43

52

-9

Addison Russell

34.5

45

-10.5

Chris Denorfia

8.5

19

-10.5

Pedro Strop

13.5

28

-14.5

David Ross

2

20.5

-18.5

Starlin Castro

33

62

-29