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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 24

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There's a very familiar face back at the top of the Hero podium... and at the top of the plus / minus chart.

"Thanks for holding down the chart for a while, guys... I'll take it from here."
"Thanks for holding down the chart for a while, guys... I'll take it from here."
Justin Berl/Getty Images

Cute factor nine... engaged.

Graphs for Game 24 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 24 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 24:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Warren

1

0

0

0

1

1

0.74

.061

J Hammel

5

5

1

2

1

3

0.81

.049

J Grimm

1

1

0

0

0

2

0.42

.015

P Strop

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.24

.011

T Wood

1

0

0

0

1

2

0.07

.006

Total

9

7

1

2

3

9

0.63

.142

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

5

2

2

0

1

0

0

1.01

.162

B Zobrist

3

1

1

0

2

0

0

0.87

.121

D Fowler

4

1

2

0

0

1

1

0.79

.092

M Szczur

2

1

1

0

0

1

1

1.11

.069

A Russell

4

1

1

0

0

0

2

0.77

.048

D Ross

4

0

1

0

2

1

0

1

.035

J Baez

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0.11

.016

C Richard

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.04

-.001

K Bryant

3

1

1

0

0

2

1

0.75

-.003

J Soler

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.15

-.004

J Hammel

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.98

-.078

T La Stella

5

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.91

-.098

Total

37

7

11

0

5

5

9

0.83

.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 (.162).  Eventually the BABIP was going to come back around.  It's still only at .188, but given that it was at an abysmal .122 just a week or so ago, there's definitely a lot of progress that's been made.
  • Hero - Ben Zobrist (.121).  Could have challenged for the top spot on the night but his flyout in the first with two on kept him in second place.
  • Sidekick - Dexter Fowler (.092).  Fun Fact: Monday's game was the first game in which Fowler stole two bases as a Cub.  The last time that he stole two bases in a game was April 21, 2014 when he was still with the Astros.

THE THREE GOATS: There's another bump on the Goat podium as the -.078 hitting of Jason Hammel is moved out.  That's the 13th bump on the season in 24 games and the ninth from the Goats.

  • Billy Goat - Tommy La Stella (-.098).  The only starter of the night -- other than Hammel -- to not record a hit.
  • Goat - Jorge Soler (-.004).  Some nights it doesn't pay to be a pinch-hitter.
  • Kid - Kris Bryant (-.003).  The only other player on the night below zero, other than pinch-hitter... Clayton Richard.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 24: Rizzo reclaims his spot at the top of the charts while Zobrist continues his climb back toward the starting line.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

4

4.5

1.5

22.5

Addison Russell

2

4

0

14

Jake Arrieta

4

0

0

12

Jon Lester

4

0

0

12

Dexter Fowler

1

2

5

12

Jason Hammel

3

0

1

10

Kris Bryant

0.5

2.5

2

8.5

Ben Zobrist

1

1

3

8

Jorge Soler

1

1

3

8

Miguel Montero

1.5

1

0.5

7

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

1

14.5

Dexter Fowler

3

0

1

10

Ben Zobrist

1

2

3

10

Anthony Rizzo

1.5

1.5

2

9.5

Jorge Soler

1

2

2

9

John Lackey

2

0

0

6

Tommy La Stella

1

0

3

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

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

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

22.5

9.5

13

Jake Arrieta

12

0

12

Jon Lester

12

1

11

Jason Hammel

10

0

10

Adam Warren

5

0

5

Dexter Fowler

12

10

2

Miguel Montero

7

5

2

Hector Rondon

4

3

1

Justin Grimm

1

0

1

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Jorge Soler

8

9

-1

Kyle Hendricks

3

4

-1

Matt Szczur

2

3

-1

Javier Baez

0

1

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Travis Wood

0

1

-1

Ben Zobrist

8

10

-2

Pedro Strop

2

4

-2

John Lackey

3

6

-3

David Ross

1

4

-3

Tommy La Stella

2

6

-4

Trevor Cahill

0

5

-5

Addison Russell

14

20

-6

Kris Bryant

8.5

14.5

-6

Jason Heyward

6

26

-20