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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 109

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Kris Bryant uses the longball to take the top spot of the Hero podium on Saturday.

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For those of you who aren't followers of Cub Tracks, I will be heading out for the next few days on a business trip to Scottsdale, Arizona to enjoy some balmy 105-degree weather and all kinds of business meetings. Heroes and Goats will be on break until Thursday, August 13, at which point there will be a recap of Games 110 through 112.

Graphs for Game 109 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 109 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 109:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T Wood

1.2

0

0

0

1

1

1.7

.183

P Strop

1

0

0

0

0

2

0.89

.065

J Grimm

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

1.13

.031

J Russell

0.1

2

0

2

0

0

0.11

-.009

J Motte

0.1

2

0

1

0

0

0.31

-.017

K Hendricks

5.1

5

1

3

2

5

0.93

-.182

Total

9

9

1

6

3

8

0.92

.071

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Bryant

3

2

1

1

3

1

1

1.39

.290

M Montero

2

1

1

0

1

2

0

1.18

.172

A Russell

4

1

3

0

1

0

0

0.51

.125

J Soler

3

1

1

0

0

1

1

1.06

.048

A Rizzo

3

1

1

0

0

1

1

1.29

.033

D Fowler

3

1

1

0

1

1

0

0.86

.025

J Herrera

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.02

-.001

C Denorfia

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.31

-.002

C Coghlan

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.22

-.048

K Schwarber

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

0.98

-.092

K Hendricks

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.23

-.121

Total

31

8

11

1

7

6

4

1.02

.429

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 - Kris Bryant (.290). Majestic Bryant bombs are always so much fun.
  • Hero - Travis Wood (.183). Another excellent relief appearance made even better by stranding two inherited runners.
  • Sidekick - Miguel Montero (.172). Welcomed George Kontos to the game with a gapper single to give the Cubs the lead once again.

THE THREE GOATS: And there's another two-way bump as Kyle Hendricks' -.121 hitting is moved out. That makes 27 bumps on the season and 24 from the Goat podium.

  • Billy Goat - Kyle Hendricks (-.182). He doesn't get a bump for his pitching, though. Granted, a large part of it was from a walk to Hunter Pence on a really rough ball four call in the second followed by a homer from Brandon Belt that landed in the basket, but regrettably it all counts the same.
  • Goat - Kyle Schwarber (-.092). Smoked that ball in the second, but unfortunately right at Belt.
  • Kid - Chris Coghlan (-.048). Primarily due to his inning-ending flyout in the fourth with two on.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 109 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):
Bryant and Schwarber switch places on the chart, with Bryant moving back into third and Schwarber dropping down to fourth.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

13

20.5

5.5

85.5

Kris Bryant

11

9

6

57

Dexter Fowler

9

4

10

45

Jake Arrieta

10.5

3

0.5

38

Jorge Soler

5

10

3

38

Addison Russell

6

4.5

7.5

34.5

Starlin Castro

3

7

10

33

Chris Coghlan

7

2

7

32

Miguel Montero

6.5

5.5

1

31.5

Jon Lester

7

2

2

27

Jason Hammel

7

2

0

25

Hector Rondon

0

8.5

7

24

Kyle Schwarber

6

1

2

22

Kyle Hendricks

5

1

2

19

Travis Wood

1

6

3.5

18.5

Jonathan Herrera

1

5

2

15

Pedro Strop

1

1

8.5

13.5

Jason Motte

0

2.5

5.5

10.5

x-Matt Szczur

2

1

2

10

x-Zac Rosscup

2

0

3

9

Justin Grimm

0

1.5

6

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

x-Brian Schlitter

0

2

1

5

Clayton Richard

1

0

1

4

x-Phil Coke

1

0

0.5

3.5

x-Edwin Jackson

0

1

1

3

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

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

9

8

13

56

Jorge Soler

6

10

9

47

Dexter Fowler

6

8.5

8.5

43.5

Anthony Rizzo

7

9

4

43

Kris Bryant

7

7

8

43

Addison Russell

2

15

7

43

Chris Coghlan

2

7

15

35

Miguel Montero

3

6

6

27

Pedro Strop

7

2

0

25

Kyle Hendricks

7

1

1

24

Jon Lester

5

1

1

18

Jason Hammel

4

3

0

18

Justin Grimm

2

4

3

17

David Ross

1

4.5

4.5

16.5

Jake Arrieta

5

0

1

16

Hector Rondon

4

2

0

16

Travis Wood

2

2

3

13

Chris Denorfia

2

1

5

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

Kyle Schwarber

0

4

2

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

0

3

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

85.5

43

42.5

Jake Arrieta

38

16

22

Kris Bryant

57

43

14

Kyle Schwarber

22

10

12

Jon Lester

27

18

9

Hector Rondon

24

16

8

Jason Hammel

25

18

7

Travis Wood

18.5

13

5.5

x-Matt Szczur

10

5

5

x-Taylor Teagarden

5

0

5

Miguel Montero

31.5

27

4.5

Jonathan Herrera

15

11

4

James Russell

7.5

5

2.5

Clayton Richard

4

2

2

Dexter Fowler

45

43.5

1.5

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

32

35

-3

x-Zac Rosscup

9

12

-3

Dan Haren

0

3

-3

x-Donn Roach

0

3

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

Tommy Hunter

0

4

-4

x-Mike Olt

0

4

-4

Chris Denorfia

8.5

13

-4.5

Kyle Hendricks

19

24

-5

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

x-Mike Baxter

1.5

8

-6.5

x-Tsuyoshi Wada

5

12

-7

Justin Grimm

9

17

-8

Addison Russell

34.5

43

-8.5

Jorge Soler

38

47

-9

Pedro Strop

13.5

25

-11.5

David Ross

2

16.5

-14.5

Starlin Castro

33

56

-23