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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 40

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With the help of some brilliant defensive plays, Jake Arrieta's seven strong innings propelled him to the top of the Hero podium for the sixth time this season.

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Graphs for Game 40 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 40 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 40:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Arrieta

7

4

0

1

2

8

0.56

.160

T Wood

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.06

.004

C Richard

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.02

.001

Total

9

6

0

1

2

10

0.45

.165

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Bryant

5

1

2

1

4

0

0

0.76

.118

J Arrieta

3

0

1

0

1

0

0

0.73

.080

D Fowler

3

1

1

0

0

1

1

0.63

.067

J Heyward

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1.57

.060

M Montero

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.49

.055

J Soler

4

2

2

1

1

0

0

0.31

.040

T La Stella

3

1

1

0

1

0

1

0.98

.006

D Ross

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.01

.000

A Russell

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.000

J Baez

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.62

-.006

A Rizzo

5

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.49

-.042

B Zobrist

4

1

1

1

1

0

0

0.56

-.042

Total

37

8

11

3

8

2

4

0.6

.335

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: For the second time this season, Jake Arrieta causes a bump on the Hero podium as his .080 hitting is moved out.

  • Superhero - Jake Arrieta (.160). But you know that his pitching -- combined with some spectacular defensive plays behind him -- was going to make the WPA list.
  • Hero - Kris Bryant (.118).  Put a big exclamation point on the five-run second inning with his three-run shot to left.
  • Sidekick - Dexter Fowler (.067).  Once again did what he's done so well this season: Set the table.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat / Goat #1 (tie) - Anthony Rizzo (-.042).  It was all in that first-inning at-bat.  And if Jason Heyward doesn't advance to third on his flyout, he's on the top step by himself.
  • Billy Goat / Goat #2 (tie) - Ben Zobrist (-.042).  Basically the same story as Rizzo.  The solo shot into the cove was nice for style points, though.
  • Kid - Javier Baez (-.006).  Couldn't find his way into the hit column on Friday night, but the fact that his almost-an-infield-single bunt grounder moved both runners up proved to be enough to keep him from moving any higher on the podium.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 40: Arrieta becomes the first Cub this season to reach the plus-20 mark on the charts.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

5

4.5

3.5

27.5

Addison Russell

3

6

2

23

Jake Arrieta

6

1

0

20

Ben Zobrist

4

2

3.5

19.5

Jon Lester

5

2

0

19

Dexter Fowler

1

2

8

15

Kris Bryant

0.5

4.5

4

14.5

Jason Hammel

4

0

1

13

Miguel Montero

3.5

1

0.5

13

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

3

4

2

19

Ben Zobrist

1.5

3.5

4

15.5

Tommy La Stella

2

0

3

9

David Ross

1

2

1

8

Javier Baez

0

2

4

8

Pedro Strop

1

2

0

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

+/-

Jake Arrieta

20

0

20

Jon Lester

19

1

18

Jason Hammel

13

3

10

Anthony Rizzo

27.5

19

8.5

Miguel Montero

13

5

8

Ben Zobrist

19.5

15.5

4

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

Trevor Cahill

2

5

-3

Javier Baez

4

8

-4

Dexter Fowler

15

22

-7

David Ross

1

8

-7

Kris Bryant

14.5

22.5

-8

Jorge Soler

9

22

-13

Jason Heyward

8

33

-25