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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 31

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On a night that proved to be much more exciting than it needed to be, Hector Rondon's flawless ninth inning put him in a very uncommon position at the top of the Heroes.

This is not a face that we're used to seeing as the cover photo.  At least not when he's happy.
This is not a face that we're used to seeing as the cover photo. At least not when he's happy.
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The gauntlet of cuteness has been thrown down!

Do you have your flaming torch and pitchfork handy?  Good, because you're going to need them...

Graphs for Game 31 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 31 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 31:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

0

2

2.08

.155

J Lester

6

4

1

3

1

4

0.8

.136

P Strop

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

2.45

.041

T Cahill

0.2

0

0

0

1

2

0.87

.024

C Richard

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.68

-.022

J Grimm

0.1

2

0

3

1

1

0.6

-.041

A Warren

0.2

1

1

1

0

1

1.07

-.071

Total

9

8

2

7

3

10

0.98

.223

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Bryant

5

1

1

0

2

0

1

0.55

.101

B Zobrist

4

3

4

0

2

0

0

0.55

.097

A Russell

3

0

2

0

3

1

1

0.81

.080

J Baez

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0.56

.057

D Fowler

3

1

1

0

0

2

2

0.54

.018

D Ross

2

0

0

0

1

1

1

0.58

.008

T La Stella

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.08

-.002

J Heyward

5

2

1

0

0

0

0

0.62

-.008

A Rizzo

3

1

1

0

0

1

0

0.51

-.015

J Lester

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.71

-.058

Total

33

8

12

0

8

5

5

0.58

.277

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 - Hector Rondon (.155).  Just how uncommon is it to see Rondon at the top of the Hero podium? Since 2014, he has had a total of 43 Hero podium appearances. This is only the second time in those 43 appearances that he has taken the Superhero.
  • Hero - Jon Lester (.136).  I think a fitting description of his start on Monday night would be "scrappy".
  • Sidekick - Kris Bryant (.101).  And somewhere Ben Zobrist, with his 4-for-4 night, is once again looking up at Bryant from off of the podium and wondering just how Bryant got ahead of him a second time.

THE THREE GOATS: For the fifth time in seven starts, Lester causes a bump on the podiums as his -.058 hitting is moved out.  It's the fourth Goat bump to go along with one Hero bump.

  • Billy Goat - Adam Warren (-.071).  When you have a doubleheader the next day and you're the sixth pitcher of the night, the best course of action is normally to avoid giving up a grand slam to a guy who had not yet hit a homer in the majors and putting the game back into a save situation.
  • Goat - Justin Grimm (-.041).  The inning had an ominous feel when he walked Derek Norris after being ahead of him 0-2 in the count.
  • Kid - Clayton Richard (-.022).  Threw one pitch and watched it get laced for a single past a diving Javier Baez.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 31: Lester nudges his way into a tie at the top of the charts with Jake Arrieta, opening up a three-point lead on third place.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

4

4.5

3.5

24.5

Addison Russell

3

4

1

18

Jon Lester

4

2

0

16

Jake Arrieta

5

0

0

15

Ben Zobrist

3

1

3

14

Dexter Fowler

1

2

6

13

Kris Bryant

0.5

2.5

4

10.5

Jason Hammel

3

0

1

10

Jorge Soler

1

1

3

8

Miguel Montero

1.5

1

0.5

7

Hector Rondon

1

1

2

7

Adam Warren

0

2.5

1.5

6.5

Kyle Hendricks

2

0

0

6

Jason Heyward

0

3

0

6

Tommy La Stella

0

2

2

6

Javier Baez

1

0

0

3

John Lackey

1

0

0

3

Justin Grimm

0

0.5

1.5

2.5

Matt Szczur

0

1

0

2

Pedro Strop

0

1

0

2

Ryan Kalish

0

1

0

2

Tim Federowicz

0

1

0

2

David Ross

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Jason Heyward

4

7

1

27

Addison Russell

5

2

3

22

Kris Bryant

2.5

4.5

1

17.5

Jorge Soler

2

2

4

14

Dexter Fowler

3

1

2

13

Anthony Rizzo

2.5

1.5

2

12.5

Ben Zobrist

1

2

3

10

Tommy La Stella

2

0

3

9

David Ross

1

2

1

8

John Lackey

2

0

0

6

Trevor Cahill

1

1

0

5

Miguel Montero

0

2

1

5

Kyle Hendricks

1

0

1

4

Travis Wood

1

0

1

4

Pedro Strop

0

2

0

4

Adam Warren

1

0

0

3

Hector Rondon

1

0

0

3

Tim Federowicz

1

0

0

3

Javier Baez

0

1

1

3

Justin Grimm

0

1

1

3

Matt Szczur

0

1

1

3

Spencer Patton

0

1

0

2

Clayton Richard

0

0

1

1

Jason Hammel

0

0

1

1

Jon Lester

0

0

1

1

Kyle Schwarber

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Jon Lester

16

1

15

Jake Arrieta

15

0

15

Anthony Rizzo

24.5

12.5

12

Jason Hammel

10

1

9

Ben Zobrist

14

10

4

Hector Rondon

7

3

4

Adam Warren

6.5

3

3.5

Miguel Montero

7

5

2

Kyle Hendricks

6

4

2

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Dexter Fowler

13

13

0

Javier Baez

3

3

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Justin Grimm

2.5

3

-0.5

Matt Szczur

2

3

-1

Tim Federowicz

2

3

-1

Clayton Richard

0

1

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Pedro Strop

2

4

-2

Spencer Patton

0

2

-2

Tommy La Stella

6

9

-3

John Lackey

3

6

-3

Addison Russell

18

22

-4

Travis Wood

0

4

-4

Trevor Cahill

0

5

-5

Jorge Soler

8

14

-6

Kris Bryant

10.5

17.5

-7

David Ross

1

8

-7

Jason Heyward

6

27

-21