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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 125

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Two bumpy innings by Kyle Hendricks pushed him to the top of the Goat podium on Wednesday night.

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Some mornings it's very difficult to come up with something snappy to say here (or even something that's even borderline creative). I've got nothing today. One of many reasons why I'll never be confused with an actual writer.

Graphs for Game 125 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 125 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 125:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T Wood

1.1

0

0

0

0

2

0.24

.023

T Hunter

0.2

1

0

0

0

1

0.14

.006

K Hendricks

6

5

1

4

3

6

1.19

-.227

Total

8

6

1

4

3

9

0.99

-.198

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T La Stella

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.74

.133

K Bryant

4

0

2

0

2

0

1

1.68

.082

C Denorfia

2

0

1

0

0

1

0

0.89

.072

K Schwarber

4

1

2

0

0

0

1

1.6

.065

C Coghlan

2

1

0

0

0

2

0

1.42

-.004

D Fowler

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.38

-.010

K Hendricks

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.22

-.055

S Castro

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.34

-.106

M Montero

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.13

-.113

A Rizzo

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.59

-.163

A Russell

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.83

-.203

Total

31

2

5

0

2

3

7

1.41

-.302

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 - Tommy La Stella (.133). The quintessential "fruit basket" Superhero award as his entire night was determined by the botched play by Nori Aoki.
  • Hero - Kris Bryant (.082). Drove in the Cubs' only two runs and stuck the second step with his double in the fourth.
  • Sidekick - Chris Denorfia (.072). Did his best to set the table, but unfortunately it didn't lead to any runs.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Kyle Hendricks (-.227). It could have been a lot worse with the way that first inning went.
  • Goat - Addison Russell (-.203). The double play in the fifth hurt, but the strikeout with two in scoring position in the seventh was the killer.
  • Kid - Anthony Rizzo (-.163). That plus-50 ceiling must be really hard to break.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 125 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):
Bryant extends his personal best for the season, closing to within nine points of second place.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

14

21.5

7.5

92.5

Kris Bryant

14

11

7

71

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

4.5

11.5

x-Jason Motte

0

2.5

5.5

10.5

Justin Grimm

0

2

6.5

10.5

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

Tommy La Stella

1

0

0

3

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

x-David Ross

0

0

2

2

x-Mike Baxter

0

0

1.5

1.5

Tommy Hunter

0

0

1

1

x-Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

x-Yoervis Medina

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

Addison Russell

2

17

9

49

Kris Bryant

7

9

8

47

Anthony Rizzo

7

9

6

45

Chris Coghlan

3

9

15

42

Kyle Hendricks

9

2

1

32

Miguel Montero

3

7

8

31

Pedro Strop

8

2

0

28

Kyle Schwarber

3

5

4

23

Jon Lester

6

1

1

21

x-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

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

45

47.5

Jake Arrieta

49

16

33

Kris Bryant

71

47

24

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

Matt Szczur

10

5

5

x-Taylor Teagarden

5

0

5

Jonathan Herrera

15

12

3

James Russell

7.5

5

2.5

Tommy La Stella

3

1

2

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

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

11.5

19

-7.5

x-Jorge Soler

43

52

-9

Addison Russell

36.5

49

-12.5

Kyle Hendricks

19

32

-13

Pedro Strop

13.5

28

-14.5

x-David Ross

2

20.5

-18.5

Starlin Castro

34

62

-28