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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 134

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Jake Arrieta was the obvious winner of the Superhero award on Saturday afternoon, but his performance did lead to yet another interesting situation on the podiums.

"Wait, what? I landed where?? Are you sure you heard that right?"
"Wait, what? I landed where?? Are you sure you heard that right?"
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Somebody's going to feel a little cheated on the podiums today. Maybe more than a little.

Graphs for Game 134 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 134 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 134:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Arrieta

8

4

0

0

0

7

0.92

.454

H Rondon

1

2

0

0

0

0

1.42

.063

Total

9

6

0

0

0

7

0.98

.517

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

S Castro

3

0

2

0

0

0

0

1.1

.105

D Fowler

3

1

1

1

1

1

0

0.71

.068

D Ross

2

0

0

0

1

1

0

1.31

.059

A Jackson

2

0

0

0

0

1

2

0.53

.031

J Baez

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.82

.031

A Rizzo

4

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.56

.013

K Bryant

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.77

-.096

A Russell

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.3

-.102

J Arrieta

3

0

0

0

0

0

3

1.31

-.126

Total

27

2

4

1

2

4

11

0.89

-.017

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 - Jake Arrieta (.454). No doubt about this one; he's been on the top step in six of his last seven podium appearances and 11 of his last 14.
  • Hero - Starlin Castro (.105). Continues to slowly make his way away from the minus-30 zone with a 2-for-3 day.
  • Sidekick - Dexter Fowler (.068). Another easy podium choice given that his homer was one of the only two runs of the game.

THE THREE GOATS: And for the third straight start from Arrieta, there's a bump on the Goat podium -- this time a three-way bump -- as his -.126 hitting is moved out. His hitting number for the season now stands at minus-23, nine points lower than Jon Lester at minus-14.

  • Billy Goat - Addison Russell (-.102). A couple of big missed opportunities with runners in scoring position.
  • Goat - Kris Bryant (-.096). On first glance a part of this podium position would belong to Austin Jackson for getting doubled off of first on a flyout to right, but in the end it didn't matter because...
  • Kid - Anthony Rizzo (+.013). ...yes, it's a major anti-Goat! It's the third one of the season and the largest by a significant margin as anti-Goats go, beating the previous record by eight points. (There's that number eight again.)
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 134 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):
Arrieta now finds himself just one point short of the plus-40 mark and 30 points ahead of the next-closest starting pitcher.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

15

23.5

7.5

99.5

Kris Bryant

16

13

8

82

Dexter Fowler

10

6

14

56

Jake Arrieta

15.5

4

0.5

55

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

Starlin Castro

4

8

11

39

Chris Coghlan

8

3

8

38

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

4

17

10

56

Dexter Fowler

9

8.5

8.5

52.5

x-Jorge Soler

6

12

10

52

Kris Bryant

7

10

8

49

Anthony Rizzo

7

9

9

48

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

48

51.5

Jake Arrieta

55

16

39

Kris Bryant

82

49

33

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

Dexter Fowler

56

52.5

3.5

Tommy La Stella

5

2

3

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

56

-13.5

Pedro Strop

13.5

28

-14.5

Kyle Hendricks

19

34

-15

David Ross

2

20.5

-18.5

Starlin Castro

39

64

-25