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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 23

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The WPA gods are not fans of relief pitchers, with Hector Rondon's loss on Sunday providing the occasional reliever sacrifice that the Goat podium demands.

And today on the altar of reliever sacrifices, we present... Hector Rondon.
And today on the altar of reliever sacrifices, we present... Hector Rondon.
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The good news is that there have only been two occasions so far this season in which a reliever has landed at the top of the Goat podium. The other game was the Cubs' 3-2 loss to the Diamondbacks on April 8 when Trevor Cahill landed at the top of the pack.

Graphs for Game 23 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 23 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 23:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T Wood

0.2

0

0

0

1

0

0.63

.018

J Grimm

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

0.77

.017

J Lackey

8

3

0

2

3

2

0.97

-.039

H Rondon

1

2

0

1

0

2

2.31

-.310

Total

10

5

0

3

4

4

1.14

-.314

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

B Zobrist

3

1

0

0

0

1

1

2.41

.231

A Russell

4

0

1

0

1

0

2

2.19

.153

K Bryant

4

0

1

0

1

1

3

1.27

.079

M Szczur

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.61

.029

D Fowler

5

1

2

0

0

0

1

1.49

.022

J Lackey

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.81

-.040

J Soler

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2.24

-.061

T Federowicz

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.32

-.128

A Rizzo

4

0

1

0

0

1

1

1.75

-.146

T La Stella

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.92

-.160

J Heyward

5

0

0

0

1

0

1

1.53

-.164

Total

36

3

6

0

3

3

12

1.67

-.186

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 - Ben Zobrist (.231). This is the quintessential definition of a fruit basket podium spot. I'm pretty sure that Zobrist has a giant arrangement on its way to Arodys Vizcaino for his blown pickoff throw in the ninth, because without that error it's very likely that Zobrist misses the Hero podium entirely.
  • Hero - Addison Russell (.153). It's a bit of a conundrum for Russell, as his game-tying single in the ninth provided a whole lot of redemption for his crucial fielding error in the sixth.
  • Sidekick - Kris Bryant (.079). It wasn't looking like a good day for him with his three strikeouts in his first three at-bats, but his run-scoring single in the eighth and walk in the 10th more than made up for it.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Hector Rondon (-.310). Even with the loss on Sunday, his FIP for the season is still -0.43.  Yes, that's negative 0.43.
  • Goat - Jason Heyward (-.164). Someone really needs to tell Heyward that there's no pot of gold in the sub-basement down there.
  • Kid - Tommy La Stella (-.160). Everything gets magnified in the late innings of a close game; in his case, his strikeout in the ninth after Zobrist's walk ended up landing him at the bottom of the podium.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 23: Zobrist takes another step toward the starting line on the charts, while Heyward... yeah, you get it.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

3

4.5

1.5

19.5

Addison Russell

2

4

0

14

Jake Arrieta

4

0

0

12

Jon Lester

4

0

0

12

Dexter Fowler

1

2

4

11

Jason Hammel

3

0

1

10

Kris Bryant

0.5

2.5

2

8.5

Jorge Soler

1

1

3

8

Miguel Montero

1.5

1

0.5

7

Ben Zobrist

1

0

3

6

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

Matt Szczur

0

1

0

2

Pedro Strop

0

1

0

2

Tommy La Stella

0

0

2

2

David Ross

0

0

1

1

Justin Grimm

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Jason Heyward

4

7

0

26

Addison Russell

5

1

3

20

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

David Ross

1

0

1

4

Kyle Hendricks

1

0

1

4

Pedro Strop

0

2

0

4

Hector Rondon

1

0

0

3

Matt Szczur

0

1

1

3

Tommy La Stella

0

0

3

3

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

Jon Lester

12

1

11

Anthony Rizzo

19.5

9.5

10

Jason Hammel

10

0

10

Adam Warren

5

0

5

Miguel Montero

7

5

2

Dexter Fowler

11

10

1

Jorge Soler

8

7

1

Hector Rondon

4

3

1

Justin Grimm

1

0

1

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Kyle Hendricks

3

4

-1

Matt Szczur

2

3

-1

Tommy La Stella

2

3

-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

David Ross

1

4

-3

Ben Zobrist

6

10

-4

Kris Bryant

8.5

13.5

-5

Trevor Cahill

0

5

-5

Addison Russell

14

20

-6

Jason Heyward

6

26

-20