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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 21

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He only made it through five innings, but that was all that Jake Arrieta needed to pick up his fourth Superhero of the season on Thursday.

Maybe that was his problem... he was pitching with his eyes closed!
Maybe that was his problem... he was pitching with his eyes closed!
Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

"Oh, he got all of that one." -- Carl Spackler

Graphs for Game 21 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 21 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 21:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Arrieta

5

3

0

1

4

6

0.99

.153

J Grimm

1

1

0

0

0

3

0.47

.018

T Cahill

1.2

1

0

0

3

2

0.15

.009

P Strop

0.1

0

0

0

0

1

0.15

.004

N Ramirez

1

1

0

1

0

1

0.05

.002

Total

9

6

0

2

7

13

0.62

.187

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

2

1

1

0

1

3

1

0.61

.123

B Zobrist

5

0

2

0

2

0

1

0.71

.117

D Ross

3

1

1

1

1

1

0

0.33

.066

K Bryant

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

0.58

.055

D Fowler

5

1

1

0

1

0

1

0.38

.031

J Baez

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

0.06

.007

T La Stella

2

1

1

0

1

2

0

0.48

.005

J Soler

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.36

.001

T Federowicz

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.02

.000

J Hammel

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.01

.000

M Szczur

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.07

-.004

J Arrieta

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.29

-.015

A Russell

3

0

0

0

1

2

1

0.4

-.029

J Heyward

4

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.4

-.043

Total

32

7

8

1

7

11

5

0.4

.313

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 (.153).  What a bum... he didn't even get a quality start.
  • Hero - Anthony Rizzo (.123).  Made his first two plate appearances count with a table-setting walk and a run-scoring double.
  • Sidekick - Ben Zobrist (.117).  Started the scoring with his two-run single for the final podium spot.

THE THREE GOATS: There's another bump on the podium as Arrieta's -.015 hitting is moved out.  It's the 11th bump of the season and the seventh from the Goats.

  • Billy Goat - Jason Heyward (-.043).  I know that he's a slow starter and it's nothing to worry about, but man, minus-16 is an ugly-looking number on the chart when it's still April.
  • Goat - Addison Russell (-.029).  He did walk twice, but the score was already lopsided by the time the walks came and couldn't offset his inning-ending groundout in the first.
  • Kid - Matt Szczur (-.004).  And with Arrieta's bump, Szczur was the only person left under zero on the day.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 21: Arrieta once again moves to the front of the pack while Heyward begins the search for the miner's helmet that exists in the deep recesses of the cellar.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

3

3.5

1.5

17.5

Jake Arrieta

4

0

0

12

Addison Russell

2

3

0

12

Dexter Fowler

1

2

4

11

Jason Hammel

3

0

1

10

Jon Lester

3

0

0

9

Jorge Soler

1

1

3

8

Kris Bryant

0.5

2.5

1

7.5

Miguel Montero

1.5

1

0.5

7

Jason Heyward

0

3

0

6

Adam Warren

0

2

1

5

Hector Rondon

0

1

2

4

John Lackey

1

0

0

3

Kyle Hendricks

1

0

0

3

Ben Zobrist

0

0

3

3

Matt Szczur

0

1

0

2

Pedro Strop

0

1

0

2

David Ross

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

Jason Heyward

4

5

0

22

Addison Russell

5

1

2

19

Kris Bryant

1.5

4.5

0

13.5

Dexter Fowler

3

0

1

10

Ben Zobrist

1

2

3

10

Anthony Rizzo

1.5

1.5

2

9.5

Jorge Soler

1

1

2

7

John Lackey

2

0

0

6

Trevor Cahill

1

1

0

5

Miguel Montero

0

2

1

5

Kyle Hendricks

1

0

1

4

Pedro Strop

0

2

0

4

Matt Szczur

0

1

1

3

Tommy La Stella

0

0

2

2

David Ross

0

0

1

1

Javier Baez

0

0

1

1

Jon Lester

0

0

1

1

Kyle Schwarber

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Travis Wood

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Jake Arrieta

12

0

12

Jason Hammel

10

0

10

Anthony Rizzo

17.5

9.5

8

Jon Lester

9

1

8

Adam Warren

5

0

5

Hector Rondon

4

0

4

Miguel Montero

7

5

2

Dexter Fowler

11

10

1

Jorge Soler

8

7

1

Justin Grimm

1

0

1

David Ross

1

1

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Kyle Hendricks

3

4

-1

Matt Szczur

2

3

-1

Tommy La Stella

1

2

-1

Javier Baez

0

1

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Travis Wood

0

1

-1

Pedro Strop

2

4

-2

John Lackey

3

6

-3

Trevor Cahill

0

5

-5

Kris Bryant

7.5

13.5

-6

Addison Russell

12

19

-7

Ben Zobrist

3

10

-7

Jason Heyward

6

22

-16