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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 121

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Miguel Montero comes up with two big hits on Saturday to once again land himself at the top of the Hero podium.

No, it wasn't Joe Maddon at the top of the podium. But some days it feels like it could be him.
No, it wasn't Joe Maddon at the top of the podium. But some days it feels like it could be him.
Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

For those of you wondering if one particular player no longer in a Cub uniform is going to be in the Hickman voting today, the answer is most assuredly yes.

Graphs for Game 121 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 121 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 121:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

P Strop

1

1

0

0

0

1

1.71

.098

T Hunter

1

0

0

0

0

1

1.49

.085

C Richard

1

0

0

0

0

0

1.12

.082

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.86

.063

D Haren

4.1

6

1

4

0

3

1.22

-.138

T Wood

0.2

4

1

3

0

1

1.26

-.491

Total

9

11

2

7

0

7

1.27

-.301

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

M Montero

4

1

2

1

2

0

1

1.16

.381

A Russell

4

1

2

1

2

0

1

0.75

.308

D Fowler

5

2

3

0

0

0

1

0.69

.124

A Rizzo

4

1

1

1

2

0

1

1.38

.097

K Bryant

4

1

1

0

2

0

0

0.9

.082

J Soler

4

2

2

1

1

0

0

0.95

.027

J Herrera

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.19

-.005

D Haren

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.96

-.033

S Castro

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.5

-.037

C Denorfia

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.58

-.039

C Coghlan

2

1

0

0

0

1

1

1.2

-.052

K Schwarber

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

1.21

-.054

Total

35

9

11

4

9

2

8

1.02

.801

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 (.381). His second day in a row at the top of the pack.  It's the first time this season that he has pulled off the feat.
  • Hero - Addison Russell (.308). Tied the game twice, once with his single in the second and once with his homer -- or was it? -- in the seventh.
  • Sidekick - Dexter Fowler (.124). The guy just keeps mashing the ball. And getting questionable strike-three calls.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Travis Wood (-.491). Having five runs score on your watch is never a good thing. Unless you're already down by four. Just ask James Russell.
  • Goat - Dan Haren (-.138). Silver linings: He only allowed one homer in this game.
  • Kid - Kyle Schwarber (-.054). Maybe this is the beginning of the cooling-off period.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 121 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):
Montero charges his way out of the pack, passing by Wood on his way to the fourth-place spot on the chart.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

14

21.5

6.5

91.5

Kris Bryant

12

10

7

63

Dexter Fowler

10

5

12

52

Jake Arrieta

13.5

3

0.5

47

Jorge Soler

6

11

3

43

Miguel Montero

9.5

5.5

2

41.5

Chris Coghlan

8

3

8

38

Addison Russell

6

5.5

7.5

36.5

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

Kyle Schwarber

3

4

4

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

Jake Arrieta

5

0

1

16

Travis Wood

3

2

3

16

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

Dan Haren

1

1

1

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

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

Miguel Montero

41.5

31

10.5

Jon Lester

29

21

8

Hector Rondon

26.5

19

7.5

Jason Hammel

27

20

7

Dexter Fowler

52

46.5

5.5

Travis Wood

21.5

16

5.5

Kyle Schwarber

26

21

5

x-Matt Szczur

10

5

5

x-Taylor Teagarden

5

0

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

x-Zac Rosscup

9

12

-3

Tommy Hunter

1

4

-3

x-Donn Roach

0

3

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

Dan Haren

2

6

-4

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

Addison Russell

36.5

45

-8.5

Chris Denorfia

10.5

19

-8.5

Jorge Soler

43

52

-9

Kyle Hendricks

19

29

-10

Pedro Strop

13.5

28

-14.5

David Ross

2

20.5

-18.5

Starlin Castro

33

62

-29