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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 131

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In a back-and-forth battle on Tuesday night, Kyle Schwarber sends one into the stratosphere to take the top step on the Hero podium.

Maybe it's a new dance move.
Maybe it's a new dance move.
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Was I the only one who felt like the final inning and a half was a battle of mound celebrations? From the somewhat understated Jumbo Diaz to the "Hey, I just threw it 100" Hector Rondon to the "I may or may not be looking at you, Brandon Phillips" Pedro Strop... there may have been just a bit of adrenaline out there. Not that I'm complaining, mind you. I actually thought it was kind of awesome.

Graphs for Game 131 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 131 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 131:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

0

2

2.01

.146

P Strop

1

0

0

0

0

1

1.53

.112

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

0

2

0.86

.075

D Haren

5

4

1

2

1

4

0.89

-.045

F Rodney

1

1

1

1

0

2

0.87

-.167

C Richard

0

2

0

1

0

0

1.09

-.168

Total

9

7

2

4

1

11

1.04

-.047

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Schwarber

3

3

2

1

2

1

1

1.27

.591

K Bryant

4

0

3

0

2

0

0

1.56

.272

M Montero

4

0

2

0

1

0

1

1.48

.190

C Coghlan

3

1

1

0

0

1

0

1.19

.026

D Haren

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.09

-.027

A Russell

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.69

-.033

D Fowler

4

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.91

-.040

A Jackson

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.11

-.055

T La Stella

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.26

-.107

J Baez

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.42

-.133

A Rizzo

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

1.76

-.137

Total

33

5

9

1

5

3

8

1.3

.547

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 (.591). Absolutely massacred that changeup from Burke Badenhop. I mean, that ball was tattooed.
  • Hero - Kris Bryant (.272). An excellent 3-for-4 day that came just short of being 4-for-4 when he sent one to the track in left.
  • Sidekick - Miguel Montero (.190). Had the big single in the sixth to tie the game.

THE THREE GOATS: A very tight race at the top, and it probably would go the other way if this were a Marmol vote.

  • Billy Goat - Clayton Richard (-.168). Faced two batters and gave up two doubles, although one of them was almost caught by Schwarber on a diving play.
  • Goat - Fernando Rodney (-.167). My first thought on the homer he gave up to Eugenio Suarez: "Too high." And just like the scene from Major League, it was followed by "Who gives a ****, it's gone."
  • Kid - Anthony Rizzo (-.137). Just how many bats did he want to break over his knee in this game after getting jammed into popups? My count was at least two.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 131 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):
Bryant becomes the third member of the plus-30 club this season, pulling to within five points of second place.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

15

22.5

7.5

97.5

Kris Bryant

15

13

7

78

Dexter Fowler

10

6

13

55

Jake Arrieta

14.5

4

0.5

52

Miguel Montero

9.5

5.5

4

43.5

x-Jorge Soler

6

11

3

43

Addison Russell

7

5.5

7.5

39.5

Chris Coghlan

8

3

8

38

Starlin Castro

4

7

11

37

Kyle Schwarber

8

2

5

33

Jon Lester

7

4

2

31

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

x-James Russell

0

3

1.5

7.5

x-Junior Lake

1

1

1

6

Clayton Richard

1

0

3

6

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

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

8

47

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

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

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

Clayton Richard

1

2

1

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

x-James Russell

1

1

0

5

x-Junior Lake

1

0

2

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

Fernando Rodney

0

1

0

2

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

47

50.5

Jake Arrieta

52

16

36

Kris Bryant

78

47

31

Miguel Montero

43.5

33

10.5

Kyle Schwarber

33

25

8

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

x-Taylor Teagarden

5

0

5

Tommy La Stella

5

2

3

Dexter Fowler

55

52.5

2.5

x-James Russell

7.5

5

2.5

Jonathan Herrera

15

13

2

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

x-Jason Motte

10.5

11

-0.5

Clayton Richard

6

8

-2

Fernando Rodney

0

2

-2

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

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

David Ross

2

20.5

-18.5

Starlin Castro

37

64

-27