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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 11

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Stop me if you've heard this one before: Jake Arrieta posts another strong start on his way to the Superhero award on Saturday.

Some days, there are only a couple of Jake photos available, so Al gets one and I get the other one.  This was the other one.
Some days, there are only a couple of Jake photos available, so Al gets one and I get the other one. This was the other one.
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Somewhere Dexter Fowler can be heard saying "Hey, I hit one too... why am I not in this tweet?"  Don't worry Dexter... we still love you.

Graphs for Game 11 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 11 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 11:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Arrieta

8

5

0

0

1

8

0.92

.407

P Strop

0.2

0

0

0

0

1

0.09

.005

T Wood

0.1

2

1

2

0

0

0.05

-.003

Total

9

7

1

2

1

9

0.79

.409

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

3

1

1

1

1

1

2

0.47

.142

J Soler

4

1

2

1

1

0

0

0.6

.126

D Fowler

3

1

1

1

3

1

1

0.6

.076

J Baez

4

1

2

0

0

0

2

0.57

.025

M Szczur

3

1

1

0

0

1

0

0.51

-.027

D Ross

2

1

0

0

1

1

1

0.53

-.032

J Arrieta

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.48

-.042

K Bryant

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.51

-.052

A Russell

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.7

-.126

Total

30

6

8

3

6

5

10

0.55

.091

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 (.407). Just another day at the office for Jake: Eight pitched, five hits, one walk, eight whiffs. But where was the homer this game, Jake?
  • Hero - Anthony Rizzo (.142). The front half...
  • Sidekick - Jorge Soler (.126). ...and the back half of back-to-back jacks in the fourth.

THE THREE GOATS: For the third straight game there's a podium bump, this time again from the Goats as the -.042 hitting of Arrieta is moved out.  That makes three bumps from the Goats and one from the Heroes in the first 11 games of the season.

  • Billy Goat - Addison Russell (-.126). Ah, the dreaded 6-4-3 double play with nobody out and two on.
  • Goat - Kris Bryant (-.052). Got caught looking at a couple of pitches in his first at-bats.  And unlike other strikeouts looking on the day, his were actually strikes in the zone.
  • Kid - David Ross (-.032). He did have the sac fly in the eighth but by that point the needle was pretty much already pinned to the right side.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 11: Arrieta restarts another mini-cluster of starters at the top, joining Jason Hammel at the top of the list.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

1

1.5

1.5

7.5

Miguel Montero

1.5

1

0.5

7

Addison Russell

1

2

0

7

Jake Arrieta

2

0

0

6

Jason Hammel

2

0

0

6

Jorge Soler

1

1

1

6

Dexter Fowler

0

1

3

5

Kris Bryant

0.5

1.5

0

4.5

Jon Lester

1

0

0

3

Kyle Hendricks

1

0

0

3

Adam Warren

0

1

0

2

Jason Heyward

0

1

0

2

Matt Szczur

0

1

0

2

Ben Zobrist

0

0

1

1

Hector Rondon

0

0

1

1

Justin Grimm

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Tommy La Stella

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Addison Russell

3

0

1

10

Jason Heyward

1

3

0

9

Anthony Rizzo

1.5

1.5

1

8.5

Ben Zobrist

1

1

1

6

Jorge Soler

1

1

0

5

Kris Bryant

0.5

1.5

0

4.5

Dexter Fowler

1

0

1

4

John Lackey

1

0

0

3

Trevor Cahill

1

0

0

3

Matt Szczur

0

1

0

2

Miguel Montero

0

1

0

2

Pedro Strop

0

1

0

2

Tommy La Stella

0

0

2

2

David Ross

0

0

1

1

Jon Lester

0

0

1

1

Kyle Hendricks

0

0

1

1

Kyle Schwarber

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Jake Arrieta

6

0

6

Jason Hammel

6

0

6

Miguel Montero

7

2

5

Jon Lester

3

1

2

Kyle Hendricks

3

1

2

Adam Warren

2

0

2

Jorge Soler

6

5

1

Dexter Fowler

5

4

1

Hector Rondon

1

0

1

Justin Grimm

1

0

1

Kris Bryant

4.5

4.5

0

Matt Szczur

2

2

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Anthony Rizzo

7.5

8.5

-1

Tommy La Stella

1

2

-1

David Ross

0

1

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Pedro Strop

0

2

-2

Addison Russell

7

10

-3

John Lackey

0

3

-3

Trevor Cahill

0

3

-3

Ben Zobrist

1

6

-5

Jason Heyward

2

9

-7