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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 34

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While the Cubs were busy putting on a homer display in Friday's game, Jason Hammel's quality start put him at the top of the WPA class, giving him his fourth Superhero of the season.

Everyone digs the long ball.  But the bullpen digs long outings from the starters.
Everyone digs the long ball. But the bullpen digs long outings from the starters.
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Ah, such sweet swings.

Graphs for Game 34 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 34 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 34:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Hammel

6.2

8

0

1

2

8

0.69

.253

T Cahill

2

2

1

2

2

0

0.16

.014

A Warren

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

0.1

.003

C Richard

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.12

-.008

Total

9

11

1

3

4

8

0.51

.262

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Russell

4

1

1

1

3

0

1

0.92

.169

J Soler

3

1

1

0

0

1

1

0.66

.084

J Heyward

3

1

1

0

0

2

0

0.34

.064

D Ross

4

2

3

1

3

0

0

0.29

.041

B Zobrist

3

2

1

0

0

1

1

0.54

.022

K Bryant

4

1

1

1

2

0

1

0.76

.000

J Baez

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

J Hammel

3

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.68

-.034

A Rizzo

4

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.46

-.040

D Fowler

5

0

1

0

1

0

2

0.49

-.069

Total

34

9

11

3

9

4

9

0.54

.238

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 - Jason Hammel (.253).  The first four innings were what set him ahead of the hitters in this game; the WPA gods like seeing a starter keep a game scoreless when the offense also hasn't put any runs up yet.
  • Hero - Addison Russell (.169).  He's the Jekyll and Hyde of the plus / minus chart right now.  Nobody has more podium points than he does; he's currently sitting on 44.  And his net score?  Of course, zero.
  • Sidekick - Jorge Soler (.084). Is this the beginning of the comeback?  Stay tuned!

THE THREE GOATS: The Goats get another bump as Hammel's -.034 hitting is moved out.  That's the 16th bump of the season and the 12th from the Goats.  It's also the fourth as a result of Hammel.

  • Billy Goat - Dexter Fowler (-.069).  Wasn't able to muster up a hit until the score was well one-sided.
  • Goat - Anthony Rizzo (-.040).  Pretty much the same story except that he only had two hitless plate appearances while the game was close as opposed to Fowler's three.
  • Kid - Clayton Richard (-.008).  Once again faces one batter and ends up on the final step for it.  At least he threw four pitches this time compared to his one-pitch performance on May 10.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 34: Hammel and Rizzo switch places on the chart, with Hammel moving up to third and Rizzo sliding back to fourth.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

4

4.5

3.5

24.5

Addison Russell

3

6

1

22

Ben Zobrist

4

1

3

17

Jon Lester

4

2

0

16

Jake Arrieta

5

0

0

15

Jason Hammel

4

0

1

13

Dexter Fowler

1

2

6

13

Kris Bryant

0.5

3.5

4

12.5

Jorge Soler

1

1

4

9

Kyle Hendricks

2

0

1

7

Miguel Montero

1.5

1

0.5

7

Hector Rondon

1

1

2

7

Adam Warren

0

2.5

1.5

6.5

John Lackey

2

0

0

6

Jason Heyward

0

3

0

6

Tommy La Stella

0

2

2

6

Javier Baez

1

0

1

4

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

5.5

1

19.5

Jorge Soler

3

2

5

18

Dexter Fowler

4

1

3

17

Anthony Rizzo

2.5

2.5

2

14.5

Ben Zobrist

1

3

3

12

Tommy La Stella

2

0

3

9

David Ross

1

2

1

8

Pedro Strop

1

2

0

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

Travis Wood

1

0

1

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

2

2

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

Jason Hammel

13

1

12

Anthony Rizzo

24.5

14.5

10

Ben Zobrist

17

12

5

Hector Rondon

7

3

4

Adam Warren

6.5

3

3.5

Kyle Hendricks

7

4

3

Miguel Montero

7

5

2

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Javier Baez

4

3

1

Addison Russell

22

22

0

John Lackey

6

6

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Justin Grimm

2.5

3

-0.5

Matt Szczur

2

3

-1

Tim Federowicz

2

3

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Clayton Richard

0

2

-2

Spencer Patton

0

2

-2

Tommy La Stella

6

9

-3

Dexter Fowler

13

17

-4

Travis Wood

0

4

-4

Pedro Strop

2

7

-5

Trevor Cahill

0

5

-5

Kris Bryant

12.5

19.5

-7

David Ross

1

8

-7

Jorge Soler

9

18

-9

Jason Heyward

6

27

-21