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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 120

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There was an interloper of sorts on the Hero podium in Friday's game.

Why this photo, exactly? Soler didn't make the podium, but the play was worth .199.
Why this photo, exactly? Soler didn't make the podium, but the play was worth .199.
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I'm pretty sure that one of the biggest fruit baskets in Heroes and Goats history was involved in the second step of today's Hero podium. I'm having a hard time recalling a bigger one, although I'm sure it's out there somewhere.

Graphs for Game 120 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 120 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 120:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

0

1

1.24

.090

P Strop

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.89

.065

H Rondon

1

1

0

0

1

1

1.63

.063

J Motte

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.66

.048

K Hendricks

5

7

0

3

1

7

1.3

-.154

Total

9

8

0

3

2

10

1.26

.112

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

M Montero

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

1

.204

C Denorfia

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

3.08

.199

K Bryant

4

1

1

0

1

0

1

1.07

.176

J Soler

3

0

1

0

0

1

1

0.97

.117

A Rizzo

3

1

1

0

1

1

1

0.93

.114

C Coghlan

3

1

1

1

1

0

1

1.04

.050

S Castro

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.02

.011

D Ross

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.1

.003

A Russell

3

1

1

0

0

1

1

1.05

-.021

K Hendricks

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.99

-.024

D Fowler

3

0

0

0

0

1

2

1.57

-.039

J Herrera

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.81

-.105

K Schwarber

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.68

-.296

Total

32

5

8

1

4

4

9

1.2

.388

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 - Miguel Montero (.204). Nice 2-for-4 day with his tie-breaking double in the sixth pushing him to the head of the pack.
  • Hero - Chris Denorfia (.199). Looks up at the Superhero and down at the Sidekick and says "What are you guys looking at?" All while finding out what the biggest Edible Arrangement is that he can send to Pedro Ciriaco.
  • Sidekick - Kris Bryant (.176). If you only get one hit in a game, make it a game-tying double.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Kyle Schwarber (-.296). Second day in a row at the top of the Goats courtesy of a huge 3-6-1 double play with the bases loaded.
  • Goat - Kyle Hendricks (-.154). Seemed to be fighting out of trouble all game, but was able to get out of a lot of it with seven punchouts.
  • Kid - Jonathan Herrera (-.105). If you only get one at-bat in a close game, don't make it a 6-3 double play.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 120 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):
Montero and Schwarber change places in the peloton, while Bryant takes a step closer to the plus-20 mark.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

14

21.5

6.5

91.5

Kris Bryant

12

10

7

63

Dexter Fowler

10

5

11

51

Jake Arrieta

13.5

3

0.5

47

Jorge Soler

6

11

3

43

Miguel Montero

8.5

5.5

2

38.5

Chris Coghlan

8

3

8

38

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

Chris Denorfia

1

2

3.5

10.5

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

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

Kyle Hendricks

8

2

1

29

Pedro Strop

8

2

0

28

Jon Lester

6

1

1

21

David Ross

2

4.5

5.5

20.5

Jason Hammel

4

4

0

20

Kyle Schwarber

3

4

3

20

Hector Rondon

5

2

0

19

Chris Denorfia

3

2

6

19

Justin Grimm

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

Jonathan Herrera

1

2

5

12

Jason Motte

1

4

0

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

63

47

16

Travis Wood

21.5

13

8.5

Jon Lester

29

21

8

Miguel Montero

38.5

31

7.5

Hector Rondon

26.5

19

7.5

Jason Hammel

27

20

7

Kyle Schwarber

26

20

6

x-Matt Szczur

10

5

5

x-Taylor Teagarden

5

0

5

Dexter Fowler

51

46.5

4.5

Jonathan Herrera

15

12

3

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

Chris Denorfia

10.5

19

-8.5

Jorge Soler

43

52

-9

Kyle Hendricks

19

29

-10

Addison Russell

34.5

45

-10.5

Pedro Strop

13.5

28

-14.5

David Ross

2

20.5

-18.5

Starlin Castro

33

62

-29