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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 35

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The power display continued on Saturday, this time with Anthony Rizzo's go-ahead three-run homer taking the top step on the Hero podium in the Cubs' 8-2 win.

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It's just your everyday run-of-the-mill 1-4-6-3.

Graphs for Game 35 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 35 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 35:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Arrieta

8

3

0

2

2

11

0.94

.139

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.03

.002

Total

9

3

0

2

2

12

0.86

.142

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

5

1

2

1

4

0

0

0.98

.218

A Russell

4

1

1

1

2

0

0

0.78

.110

B Zobrist

3

1

2

0

0

2

0

0.41

.094

J Heyward

4

2

3

0

0

1

0

0.54

.069

K Bryant

4

1

1

0

1

1

2

0.79

.031

T La Stella

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.04

-.001

M Montero

3

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.53

-.003

J Baez

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.15

-.004

D Fowler

5

1

2

0

1

0

0

0.55

-.020

J Arrieta

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.88

-.046

J Soler

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.28

-.088

Total

35

8

11

2

8

5

7

0.68

.358

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 - Anthony Rizzo (.218).  He's well ahead of his career best for runs batted in to start a season; the most RBI he previously had through the first 35 games of a season was 26 in 2013.
  • Hero - Jake Arrieta (.139).  Probably could have made more of a run for the top spot if not for that fourth inning.  Ah, well... seven out of eight (innings) ain't bad.
  • Sidekick - Addison Russell (.110). As Al said on Friday:  Everybody digs the long ball.

THE THREE GOATS: The bump machine continues to roll as Arrieta's -.046 hitting is moved out.

  • Billy Goat - Jorge Soler (-.088).  From the Sad Trombone department:  Soler was the only player in the starting lineup to not reach base.
  • Goat - Dexter Fowler (-.020).  He did have two singles, one of which drove in a run, but the score was already 5-2 or 6-2 by the time he did it.
  • Kid - Javier Baez (-.004).  This is quickly becoming the tough-luck step; he's the seventh player so far this season to take the final step with a WPA that was better than -.010.  It took 105 games in 2015 to reach the same mark.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 35: Arrieta moves back to the top of the pack while Soler creeps a little closer to the cellar door.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

5

4.5

3.5

27.5

Addison Russell

3

6

2

23

Jake Arrieta

5

1

0

17

Ben Zobrist

4

1

3

17

Jon Lester

4

2

0

16

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

Jorge Soler

4

2

5

21

Kris Bryant

2.5

5.5

1

19.5

Dexter Fowler

4

2

3

19

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

Javier Baez

0

1

2

4

Adam Warren

1

0

0

3

Hector Rondon

1

0

0

3

Tim Federowicz

1

0

0

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

+/-

Jake Arrieta

17

0

17

Jon Lester

16

1

15

Anthony Rizzo

27.5

14.5

13

Jason Hammel

13

1

12

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

Addison Russell

23

22

1

John Lackey

6

6

0

Javier Baez

4

4

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

Travis Wood

0

4

-4

Pedro Strop

2

7

-5

Trevor Cahill

0

5

-5

Dexter Fowler

13

19

-6

Kris Bryant

12.5

19.5

-7

David Ross

1

8

-7

Jorge Soler

9

21

-12

Jason Heyward

6

27

-21