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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 133

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So, uh, there's an interesting situation on the podiums in Friday's game.

Quick Quiz: How many of the players pictured here appeared on a podium on Friday?
Quick Quiz: How many of the players pictured here appeared on a podium on Friday?
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First things first, though... this is exactly the kind of graph that I was hoping to get.  As for the podium situation, I'll let you see if you can figure out what it is by looking at the stats below.

There will also be a couple of names on the Hero podium that are missing, primarily because their heroics came when the game was already blown wide open.  Fear not; they'll be in the Hickman voting.

Graphs for Game 133 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 133 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 133:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lester

5

5

0

2

2

3

0.87

.087

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

1

0

0.02

.001

T Hunter

1

3

1

2

0

1

0.01

.000

T Wood

1

1

0

0

1

2

0.01

.000

T Wada

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.01

.000

Total

9

10

1

4

4

6

0.49

.089

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Russell

3

3

2

2

3

1

1

0.36

.125

K Bryant

3

1

1

0

1

1

0

0.78

.080

J Baez

4

1

3

1

3

1

0

0.47

.075

A Rizzo

3

2

2

1

4

1

0

0.64

.074

C Coghlan

3

2

1

0

1

2

0

0.34

.048

D Fowler

3

1

0

0

0

1

2

0.45

.011

D Ross

4

1

1

0

1

0

1

0.42

.011

J Lester

2

2

0

0

0

1

0

0.48

.004

Q Berry

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.000

C Denorfia

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

M Szczur

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

.000

S Castro

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.000

J Herrera

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

.000

A Jackson

4

1

1

0

1

0

1

0.59

-.017

Total

35

14

12

4

14

8

9

0.43

.411

Notice anything peculiar up there? That's right... there was only one negative WPA on the day. And then there was an eight-way tie at zero.  Yes, eight players. And yes, I do like putting things in bold italics.

So, what's the answer for the Goat podium in a case like this? In a multiple-way tie for podium spots, the ruling goes to executive decision (also known as I pick the people I think are the best candidates for the particular podium). I just can't remember a time when I had to select from eight different players.

Oh, sorry, I forgot... eight. That's better.

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 (.125). Have yourself a day, why don't you? Two big homers, three runs scored and three driven in... yeah, that's good stuff.
  • Hero - Jon Lester (.087). Honestly, I think he was just cold from sitting on the bench for 30 minutes while the fifth inning played out.
  • Sidekick - Kris Bryant (.080). Started the scoring off with one of the Cubs' eight walks on the day. What is it with the number eight today, anyway? Or is it eight?

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Austin Jackson (-.017). It's kind of a drag to make an out in the first inning and then not have any of the next four batters make one. And then the fifth batter after you makes an out, but still drives in a run in the process.
  • Goat / Kid #1 - Tommy Hunter (.000). He gets one of the two spots based on giving up three hits and a homer in his inning of work, which would land him on the podium in most other games.
  • Goat / Kid #2 - Jonathan Herrera (.000). I had to give him the other one (well, I chose to give him the other one) based on his 0-for-2 day with two whiffs.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 133 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):
It's now a one-point difference between second and third place as Bryant inches ever closer to Jake Arrieta.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

15

23.5

7.5

99.5

Kris Bryant

16

13

8

82

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

8

5.5

7.5

42.5

Chris Coghlan

8

3

8

38

Starlin Castro

4

7

11

37

Kyle Schwarber

8

2

5

33

Jon Lester

7

5

2

33

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

Tommy La Stella

1

1

0

5

Tsuyoshi Wada

1

1

0

5

x-Taylor Teagarden

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-Arismendy Alcantara

0

1

0

2

x-Welington Castillo

0

1

0

2

David Ross

0

0

2

2

x-Mike Baxter

0

0

1.5

1.5

Austin Jackson

0

0

1

1

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

Addison Russell

3

17

10

53

Dexter Fowler

9

8.5

8.5

52.5

x-Jorge Soler

6

12

10

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

Jason Hammel

5

5

0

25

Kyle Schwarber

3

6

4

25

Jon Lester

7

1

1

24

Hector Rondon

6

2

0

22

Chris Denorfia

3

3

7

22

David Ross

2

4.5

5.5

20.5

Justin Grimm

3

4

3

20

Jake Arrieta

5

0

1

16

Travis Wood

3

2

3

16

Jonathan Herrera

1

2.5

6.5

14.5

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

Tommy Hunter

1

0.5

1.5

5.5

x-James Russell

1

1

0

5

x-Junior Lake

1

0

2

5

x-Mike Olt

1

0

1

4

Austin Jackson

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

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

99.5

47

52.5

Jake Arrieta

52

16

36

Kris Bryant

82

47

35

Miguel Montero

43.5

33

10.5

Jon Lester

33

24

9

Kyle Schwarber

33

25

8

Matt Szczur

12.5

6

6.5

Travis Wood

21.5

16

5.5

x-Taylor Teagarden

5

0

5

Hector Rondon

26.5

22

4.5

Jason Hammel

29

25

4

Tommy La Stella

5

2

3

Dexter Fowler

55

52.5

2.5

x-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

Jonathan Herrera

15

14.5

0.5

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

Austin Jackson

1

3

-2

Fernando Rodney

0

2

-2

Zac Rosscup

9.5

12

-2.5

x-Donn Roach

0

3

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

Chris Coghlan

38

42

-4

x-Mike Olt

0

4

-4

Tommy Hunter

1

5.5

-4.5

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

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

42.5

53

-10.5

Pedro Strop

13.5

28

-14.5

Kyle Hendricks

19

34

-15

David Ross

2

20.5

-18.5

Starlin Castro

37

64

-27