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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 49

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The bullpen comes up huge in relief of a cramping Jason Hammel, with Travis Wood's four innings of no-hit ball leading him to the top spot on the Hero podium in Monday's game.

Need four innings of relief?  Call Travis Wood!
Need four innings of relief? Call Travis Wood!
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A great ending to Memorial Day weekend.

Graphs for Game 49 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 49 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 49:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T Wood

4

0

0

0

0

4

0.8

.239

J Hammel

2

1

0

0

1

3

0.79

.097

P Strop

1

0

0

0

0

2

0.94

.070

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.92

.069

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.9

.067

Total

9

1

0

0

1

11

0.84

.543

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

3

0

1

0

1

0

0

0.86

.085

B Zobrist

3

1

1

0

0

1

1

1.36

.083

D Ross

2

0

1

0

0

1

0

1.04

.056

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.24

-.006

J Baez

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.75

-.007

J Heyward

4

1

1

0

1

0

1

1.02

-.014

T Federowicz

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.34

-.018

J Soler

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

1.01

-.031

T Wood

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.43

-.034

K Bryant

4

0

1

0

0

0

3

0.85

-.035

A Russell

4

0

2

0

0

0

1

0.89

-.044

J Hammel

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

2.7

-.078

Total

30

2

8

0

2

3

9

1

-.043

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 - Travis Wood (.239). Fun Fact: Monday's outing was the first time in Wood's career that he pitched four innings as a reliever. His previous high was 3⅔ innings on July 28, 2015.
  • Hero - Jason Hammel (.097). It's okay to drink the equivalent of Lake Michigan. As long as it's not water directly from Lake Michigan.
  • Sidekick - Anthony Rizzo (.085). Edges out the rest of the pitching staff with his run-scoring double in the fifth.

THE THREE GOATS: It's the rare "Butterfly Effect" bump on the Goat podium as Hammel's -.078 hitting is moved out, which in turn causes Wood's -.034 hitting to also be moved out.

  • Billy Goat - Addison Russell (-.044). Some days the BABIP gods get their revenge, and today was Russell's day as he hit a liner right to Corey Seager.
  • Goat - Kris Bryant (-.035). Because the WPA gods are apparently still not satisfied. At least it was the second podium spot in this game and not the top one. He's now been on the Goat podium four games in a row with WPAs of -.041, -.037, -.030, and -.035.
  • Kid - Jorge Soler (-.031). Also victimized by good Dodgers defense as Justin Turner robbed him of a possible run-scoring single in the fifth.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 49: Hammel breaks the tie at third place on the chart while Bryant continues to scratch his head and try to figure out what he did to make the WPA monster so angry at him.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

5

5.5

4.5

30.5

Ben Zobrist

5

2

5.5

24.5

Addison Russell

3

6

2

23

Kris Bryant

2.5

4.5

4

20.5

Jake Arrieta

6

1

0

20

Jon Lester

5

2

1

20

Jason Hammel

4

1

2

16

Miguel Montero

3.5

2

1.5

16

Dexter Fowler

1

2

9

16

Jorge Soler

2

2

4

14

Kyle Hendricks

3

1

1

12

Jason Heyward

0

5

0

10

John Lackey

3

0

0

9

Hector Rondon

1

2

2

9

Travis Wood

2

1

0

8

Tommy La Stella

0

2

3.5

7.5

Adam Warren

0

2.5

1.5

6.5

David Ross

1

1

1

6

Pedro Strop

1

1

1

6

Javier Baez

1

0

1

4

Trevor Cahill

0

2

0

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

Clayton Richard

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Jason Heyward

6

8

1

35

Kris Bryant

6.5

6.5

2

34.5

Addison Russell

8

3

3

33

Dexter Fowler

5

3

4

25

Jorge Soler

4

2

9

25

Anthony Rizzo

3

7

2

25

Ben Zobrist

1.5

3.5

4

15.5

Tommy La Stella

2

0

3

9

Javier Baez

0

2

5

9

Adam Warren

2

1

0

8

David Ross

1

2

1

8

Travis Wood

2

0

1

7

Pedro Strop

1

2

0

7

John Lackey

2

0

0

6

Kyle Hendricks

1

1

1

6

Matt Szczur

0

2

2

6

Trevor Cahill

1

1

0

5

Miguel Montero

0

2

1

5

Jon Lester

1

0

1

4

Tim Federowicz

1

0

1

4

Hector Rondon

1

0

0

3

Jason Hammel

0

1

1

3

Justin Grimm

0

1

1

3

Clayton Richard

0

0

3

3

Spencer Patton

0

1

0

2

Jake Arrieta

0

0

1

1

Kyle Schwarber

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Jake Arrieta

20

1

19

Jon Lester

20

4

16

Jason Hammel

16

3

13

Miguel Montero

16

5

11

Ben Zobrist

24.5

15.5

9

Kyle Hendricks

12

6

6

Hector Rondon

9

3

6

Anthony Rizzo

30.5

25

5.5

John Lackey

9

6

3

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Travis Wood

8

7

1

Justin Grimm

3.5

3

0.5

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Pedro Strop

6

7

-1

Trevor Cahill

4

5

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Tommy La Stella

7.5

9

-1.5

Adam Warren

6.5

8

-1.5

David Ross

6

8

-2

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Clayton Richard

1

3

-2

Spencer Patton

0

2

-2

Matt Szczur

2

6

-4

Javier Baez

4

9

-5

Dexter Fowler

16

25

-9

Addison Russell

23

33

-10

Jorge Soler

14

25

-11

Kris Bryant

20.5

34.5

-14

Jason Heyward

10

35

-25