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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 124

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We take a break from the normal Heroes and Goats by-line for a moment of photographic humor.

This photo doesn't have anything to do with today's Heroes and Goats. But it was just too awesome to not use.
This photo doesn't have anything to do with today's Heroes and Goats. But it was just too awesome to not use.
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

I need to find one of those buckets.

Graphs for Game 124 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 124 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 124:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Arrieta

6

4

0

0

1

8

0.39

.159

H Rondon

1

1

0

0

0

2

0.46

.032

P Strop

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

0.8

.022

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

1

0

0.13

.009

T Hunter

0.2

2

0

3

1

1

0.07

-.003

C Richard

0

2

0

1

0

0

0.3

-.043

Total

9

9

0

4

3

11

0.34

.177

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Schwarber

4

1

1

1

3

1

0

0.54

.288

S Castro

4

2

3

1

1

0

0

0.74

.136

M Montero

4

1

1

1

2

0

2

0.3

.069

T La Stella

3

1

1

0

1

1

0

0.51

.041

C Denorfia

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.01

.000

C Coghlan

4

0

1

0

0

1

0

0.15

-.003

K Bryant

3

1

1

0

0

1

0

0.32

-.005

A Rizzo

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.37

-.031

J Arrieta

3

1

1

0

0

0

2

0.52

-.060

D Fowler

5

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.7

-.111

Total

35

8

10

3

7

4

5

0.46

.323

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 Schwarber (.288). While a 1-for-4 day might not spell the end of a slump, a three-run bomb is always fun to watch. Especially when it sounds like the ball's exploding on contract.
  • Hero - Jake Arrieta (.159). This just in: Jake Arrieta is crazy good.
  • Sidekick - Starlin Castro (.136). Talk about a guy who could use a big day... he definitely needed it.

THE THREE GOATS: Once again Arrieta causes a bump on the Goat podium as his -.060 hitting is moved out. It's the ninth time this season that his hitting has caused a bump, eight times from the Goats.  He's the biggest benefactor of the hitting bump, as his hitting this season has been worth a ragged minus-19.

  • Billy Goat - Dexter Fowler (-.111). The fourth day in a row that he's been on a podium. Unfortunately for him the past two times have been as the Billy Goat.
  • Goat - Clayton Richard (-.043). Yeah, it doesn't help when you don't record an out and let four runs score while you're on the mound.
  • Kid - Anthony Rizzo (-.031). Nothing overly eventful about his final podium spot; it was just a day where everyone else was a little better than his 1-for-4.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 124 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):
The gap between first and second place closes with Arrieta extending his personal best mark and Rizzo sliding back slightly from the plus-50 barrier.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

14

21.5

7.5

92.5

Kris Bryant

14

10

7

69

Dexter Fowler

10

5

13

53

Jake Arrieta

13.5

4

0.5

49

x-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

11

34

Jon Lester

7

4

2

31

Jason Hammel

7

4

0

29

Kyle Schwarber

7

2

4

29

Hector Rondon

0

9

8.5

26.5

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

x-Jason Motte

0

2.5

5.5

10.5

Justin Grimm

0

2

6.5

10.5

x-Matt Szczur

2

1

2

10

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

Dexter Fowler

9

8.5

8.5

52.5

x-Jorge Soler

6

12

10

52

Kris Bryant

7

9

8

47

Addison Russell

2

16

9

47

Anthony Rizzo

7

9

5

44

Chris Coghlan

3

9

15

42

Miguel Montero

3

7

8

31

Kyle Hendricks

8

2

1

29

Pedro Strop

8

2

0

28

Kyle Schwarber

3

5

4

23

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

Jake Arrieta

5

0

1

16

Travis Wood

3

2

3

16

x-Tsuyoshi Wada

4

0

0

12

Zac Rosscup

3

1

1

12

Jonathan Herrera

1

2

5

12

x-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

Clayton Richard

0

2

1

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

Tommy La Stella

0

0

1

1

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

0

1

1

x-Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

92.5

44

48.5

Jake Arrieta

49

16

33

Kris Bryant

69

47

22

Miguel Montero

41.5

31

10.5

Jon Lester

31

21

10

Jason Hammel

29

20

9

Hector Rondon

26.5

19

7.5

Kyle Schwarber

29

23

6

Travis Wood

21.5

16

5.5

x-Matt Szczur

10

5

5

x-Taylor Teagarden

5

0

5

Jonathan Herrera

15

12

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

Dexter Fowler

53

52.5

0.5

x-Phil Coke

3.5

3

0.5

Clayton Richard

5

5

0

x-Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

x-Jason Motte

10.5

11

-0.5

Tommy La Stella

0

1

-1

Zac Rosscup

9

12

-3

Tommy Hunter

1

4

-3

x-Donn Roach

0

3

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

Chris Coghlan

38

42

-4

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

Chris Denorfia

10.5

19

-8.5

x-Jorge Soler

43

52

-9

Kyle Hendricks

19

29

-10

Addison Russell

36.5

47

-10.5

Pedro Strop

13.5

28

-14.5

David Ross

2

20.5

-18.5

Starlin Castro

34

62

-28