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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 130

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So, there was the first half of the game and then... well, I don't know exactly what you'd call the second half.

He wasn't on the podium, but the face seems apropos for the evening's activities.
He wasn't on the podium, but the face seems apropos for the evening's activities.
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All I know for sure is that I heard circus music playing. Maybe it was just an ice cream truck stuck in front of my house...

Graphs for Game 130 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 130 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 130:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

F Rodney

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.38

.028

T Hunter

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.41

.022

C Richard

0.2

0

0

0

0

0

0.35

.017

T Wood

0.2

0

0

0

3

1

0.41

-.005

J Russell

0.1

2

0

0

0

0

0.23

-.058

K Hendricks

5

5

0

2

3

4

1.43

-.180

J Grimm

0.1

3

2

4

1

0

1.5

-.593

Total

9

11

2

6

7

7

1.01

-.768

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Russell

4

2

2

1

3

0

1

1.31

.200

D Fowler

5

1

2

1

1

0

1

0.79

.119

K Schwarber

4

1

1

0

1

0

2

0.98

.067

K Bryant

3

0

2

0

1

1

0

1.67

.059

C Denorfia

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

1.89

.055

S Castro

4

1

1

0

0

0

2

0.63

.053

C Coghlan

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.24

.019

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.01

.000

J Herrera

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.54

-.013

K Hendricks

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.99

-.024

A Rizzo

3

0

0

0

0

0

3

1.33

-.105

T La Stella

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.75

-.163

Total

34

6

9

2

6

2

11

1.18

.268

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 - Addison Russell (.200). So, remember when the Cubs were only down 3-1 and Russell hit a double to tie it? You know, before whatever that second half thing was?
  • Hero - Dexter Fowler (.119). And there was some point when things were still normal and he hit a basket shot to left...
  • Sidekick - Kyle Schwarber (.067). And then remember when the game was tied 3-3 and Schwarber scooted one past second base to score Russell? I know; it hardly seems like it was the same game.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Justin Grimm (-.593). It's the second-worst single-game WPA of the season and the worst that Grimm's had in his entire career by over 100 points; his next closest was on May 5, 2014 against the White Sox.
  • Goat - Kyle Hendricks (-.180). If you're going to intentionally walk Joey Votto with runners already on first and second, it's imperative to follow up on step two of the plan: don't let Brandon Phillips get a hit.
  • Kid - Tommy La Stella (-.163). So how's this for a predicament: You can avoid the final spot on the podium, but in order to do it you need to get on base against Aroldis Chapman. Yeah, that's what I thought.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 130 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):
Russell (of the Addison variety) takes a couple of big steps away from the bottom of the pack, with Grimm coming to meet him just one rung higher on the ladder.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

15

22.5

7.5

97.5

Kris Bryant

15

12

7

76

Dexter Fowler

10

6

13

55

Jake Arrieta

14.5

4

0.5

52

x-Jorge Soler

6

11

3

43

Miguel Montero

9.5

5.5

3

42.5

Addison Russell

7

5.5

7.5

39.5

Chris Coghlan

8

3

8

38

Starlin Castro

4

7

11

37

Jon Lester

7

4

2

31

Kyle Schwarber

7

2

5

30

Jason Hammel

7

4

0

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

Matt Szczur

2

2

2.5

12.5

Chris Denorfia

1

2

5.5

12.5

x-Jason Motte

0

2.5

5.5

10.5

Justin Grimm

0

2

6.5

10.5

Zac Rosscup

2

0

3.5

9.5

James Russell

0

3

1.5

7.5

x-Junior Lake

1

1

1

6

Clayton Richard

1

0

3

6

x-Tsuyoshi Wada

1

1

0

5

x-Taylor Teagarden

1

1

0

5

Tommy La Stella

1

1

0

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

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

10

14

64

Dexter Fowler

9

8.5

8.5

52.5

x-Jorge Soler

6

12

10

52

Addison Russell

3

17

9

52

Kris Bryant

7

9

8

47

Anthony Rizzo

7

9

7

46

Chris Coghlan

3

9

15

42

Kyle Hendricks

9

3

1

34

Miguel Montero

3

8

8

33

Pedro Strop

8

2

0

28

Kyle Schwarber

3

6

4

25

Jon Lester

7

1

1

24

Jason Hammel

5

4

0

23

Chris Denorfia

3

3

7

22

x-David Ross

2

4.5

5.5

20.5

Justin Grimm

3

4

3

20

Hector Rondon

5

2

0

19

Jake Arrieta

5

0

1

16

Travis Wood

3

2

3

16

Jonathan Herrera

1

2

6

13

x-Tsuyoshi Wada

4

0

0

12

Zac Rosscup

3

1

1

12

x-Jason Motte

1

4

0

11

x-Brian Schlitter

3

0

1

10

Dan Haren

2

1

1

9

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

Matt Szczur

0

1

4

6

James Russell

1

1

0

5

x-Junior Lake

1

0

2

5

Clayton Richard

0

2

1

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

2

2

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

0

1

1

x-Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

97.5

46

51.5

Jake Arrieta

52

16

36

Kris Bryant

76

47

29

Miguel Montero

42.5

33

9.5

Hector Rondon

26.5

19

7.5

Jon Lester

31

24

7

Matt Szczur

12.5

6

6.5

Jason Hammel

29

23

6

Travis Wood

21.5

16

5.5

Kyle Schwarber

30

25

5

x-Taylor Teagarden

5

0

5

Tommy La Stella

5

2

3

Dexter Fowler

55

52.5

2.5

James Russell

7.5

5

2.5

Jonathan Herrera

15

13

2

x-Junior Lake

6

5

1

Clayton Richard

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

x-Jason Motte

10.5

11

-0.5

Zac Rosscup

9.5

12

-2.5

Tommy Hunter

1

4

-3

x-Donn Roach

0

3

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

Chris Coghlan

38

42

-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

x-Mike Baxter

1.5

8

-6.5

x-Tsuyoshi Wada

5

12

-7

Dan Haren

2

9

-7

x-Jorge Soler

43

52

-9

Chris Denorfia

12.5

22

-9.5

Justin Grimm

10.5

20

-9.5

Addison Russell

39.5

52

-12.5

Pedro Strop

13.5

28

-14.5

Kyle Hendricks

19

34

-15

x-David Ross

2

20.5

-18.5

Starlin Castro

37

64

-27