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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 39

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Miguel Montero took the Superhero on Thursday courtesy of another rare event -- rare for him, at least. As for the Billy Goat... well, sometimes the pictures just aren't available.

"Hey, guys!  Did you see that?  It's been a few years since I did that. Now, how about some oxygen..."
"Hey, guys! Did you see that? It's been a few years since I did that. Now, how about some oxygen..."
Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

It's the Blast-From-The-Past Tweet, updated for 2016!

Graphs for Game 39 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 39 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 39:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Grimm

0.2

1

0

0

0

1

0.57

.023

C Richard

0.1

1

0

1

0

0

0.63

.001

T Cahill

1

1

0

0

2

2

0.58

-.038

J Hammel

6

5

2

4

2

7

0.99

-.188

Total

8

8

2

5

4

10

0.86

-.203

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

M Montero

3

1

2

0

1

1

1

1.41

.310

B Zobrist

3

0

1

0

0

1

1

1.08

.066

J Hammel

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.89

.011

A Rizzo

2

0

0

0

0

2

1

0.8

-.005

A Russell

3

0

0

0

0

1

3

1.1

-.009

D Fowler

5

1

1

1

1

0

1

1.61

-.068

T La Stella

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.84

-.074

K Bryant

3

0

0

0

0

1

2

0.97

-.075

J Baez

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

4.46

-.108

J Soler

4

1

1

0

0

0

1

1.95

-.145

J Heyward

5

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.5

-.200

Total

32

3

6

1

2

6

15

1.39

-.297

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 - Miguel Montero (.310).  What a weird series it was for him.  First he steals a base for only the fourth time in his career, then he hits a triple for the first time in four years. Almost makes you wonder what's next.
  • Hero - Ben Zobrist (.066).  Did his absolute best to set the table in the eighth with his double.
  • Sidekick - Justin Grimm (.023).  Yeah, it was that kind of a game... two-thirds of an inning and leaving after giving up a single took the bottom step of the Heroes. It's not always pretty, folks.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jason Heyward (-.200).  And then there's this side of things.  Not-So-Fun Fact:  Heyward is now at minus-25 for the season on the charts.  It took until the 100th game in 2014 and the 115th game in 2015 for anyone to reach that number.  The worst any player was after 39 games in 2015 was Chris Coghlan, who bottomed out at minus-19 after 37 games. And believe it or not, no one was worse than minus-11 -- with that honor going to Carlos Villanueva -- in the first 39 games of 2014.
  • Goat - Jason Hammel (-.188).  Eventually his homer-per-flyball percentage was going to go up. Apparently this was the game where it was going to start.
  • Kid - Jorge Soler (-.145).  A 3-0 count in the eighth, two out, two in scoring position... and a big, big whiff.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 39: Montero continues his climb up the charts with his rare antics while Heyward slips further into no-man's-land at the bottom.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

5

4.5

3.5

27.5

Addison Russell

3

6

2

23

Ben Zobrist

4

2

3.5

19.5

Jon Lester

5

2

0

19

Jake Arrieta

5

1

0

17

Dexter Fowler

1

2

7

14

Jason Hammel

4

0

1

13

Miguel Montero

3.5

1

0.5

13

Kris Bryant

0.5

3.5

4

12.5

Jorge Soler

1

1

4

9

Jason Heyward

0

4

0

8

Kyle Hendricks

2

0

1

7

Hector Rondon

1

1

2

7

Adam Warren

0

2.5

1.5

6.5

Tommy La Stella

0

2

2.5

6.5

John Lackey

2

0

0

6

Pedro Strop

1

1

0

5

Javier Baez

1

0

1

4

Justin Grimm

0

0.5

2.5

3.5

Matt Szczur

0

1

0

2

Ryan Kalish

0

1

0

2

Tim Federowicz

0

1

0

2

Travis Wood

0

1

0

2

Trevor Cahill

0

1

0

2

Clayton Richard

0

0

1

1

David Ross

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Jason Heyward

6

7

1

33

Kris Bryant

3.5

5.5

1

22.5

Addison Russell

5

2

3

22

Dexter Fowler

5

2

3

22

Jorge Soler

4

2

6

22

Anthony Rizzo

2.5

3.5

2

16.5

Ben Zobrist

1

3

4

13

Tommy La Stella

2

0

3

9

David Ross

1

2

1

8

Pedro Strop

1

2

0

7

Javier Baez

0

2

3

7

John Lackey

2

0

0

6

Kyle Hendricks

1

1

1

6

Trevor Cahill

1

1

0

5

Miguel Montero

0

2

1

5

Tim Federowicz

1

0

1

4

Travis Wood

1

0

1

4

Adam Warren

1

0

0

3

Hector Rondon

1

0

0

3

Jason Hammel

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

Jon Lester

0

0

1

1

Kyle Schwarber

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Jon Lester

19

1

18

Jake Arrieta

17

0

17

Anthony Rizzo

27.5

16.5

11

Jason Hammel

13

3

10

Miguel Montero

13

5

8

Ben Zobrist

19.5

13

6.5

Hector Rondon

7

3

4

Adam Warren

6.5

3

3.5

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Addison Russell

23

22

1

Kyle Hendricks

7

6

1

Justin Grimm

3.5

3

0.5

John Lackey

6

6

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Matt Szczur

2

3

-1

Clayton Richard

1

2

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Pedro Strop

5

7

-2

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Travis Wood

2

4

-2

Spencer Patton

0

2

-2

Tommy La Stella

6.5

9

-2.5

Javier Baez

4

7

-3

Trevor Cahill

2

5

-3

David Ross

1

8

-7

Dexter Fowler

14

22

-8

Kris Bryant

12.5

22.5

-10

Jorge Soler

9

22

-13

Jason Heyward

8

33

-25