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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 27

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Although it was the Ben Zobrist show at the plate, it was the Kyle Hendricks show on the mount that ended up taking the Superhero award on Thursday night.

"Must... catch... up... to... other guys..."
"Must... catch... up... to... other guys..."
Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

It's magic. (Or maybe Andre Dawson caught it.)

Graphs for Game 27 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 27 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 27:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Hendricks

6

2

0

0

2

4

0.83

.329

P Strop

1

0

0

0

1

1

2.85

.070

J Grimm

0.2

0

0

0

0

0

0.69

.034

C Richard

0.1

0

0

0

0

1

1.31

.033

H Rondon

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

0.13

.003

T Wood

0.2

1

1

2

1

0

0.14

.002

Total

9

3

1

2

4

6

0.95

.473

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T La Stella

4

2

3

0

0

0

0

0.61

.078

K Bryant

4

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.95

.076

B Zobrist

4

1

2

1

4

0

0

0.93

.068

J Soler

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.36

.008

K Hendricks

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.55

-.002

R Kalish

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.46

-.011

A Rizzo

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.91

-.028

D Fowler

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.67

-.033

J Heyward

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.73

-.036

A Russell

4

0

1

0

1

0

3

0.47

-.040

T Federowicz

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.52

-.051

Total

31

5

8

1

5

2

11

0.68

.027

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 - Kyle Hendricks (.329).  His best outing of the year by Game Score standards (70) and probably by subjective standards as well.
  • Hero - Tommy La Stella (.078).  I'm guessing that he got tired of hearing about jinxes in the second spot in the order.
  • Sidekick - Kris Bryant (.076).  Now, wait a minute... what the heck happened to Ben Zobrist??  The guy goes 2-for-4, drives in four, hits a homer, and misses the podium?? I can only attribute it to one thing, and that was Anthony Rizzo getting tagged out at third on Zobrist's single that scored two. That and possibly karma for a couple of previous fruit-basket podium appearances. Rest assured, Zobrist will be in the Cuyler poll and I'm guessing that he'll figure quite prominently there. (Oh, and it was Bryant's double into the vines that got him the final spot in case you were wondering.)

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Tim Federowicz (-.051).  A rather uneventful 0-for-4 night.
  • Goat - Addison Russell (-.040).  One thing I've noticed so far this season: This guy and...
  • Kid - Jason Heyward (-.036). ...this guy seem to appear on the Goat podium a lot together.  As it turns out, it's the seventh time so far this season that they've been on the Goats at the same time.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 27: Hendricks crosses back into positive territory on the chart while Zobrist waits by his locker for his "sorry for keeping you off the podium" card from Rizzo.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

4

4.5

1.5

22.5

Jake Arrieta

5

0

0

15

Addison Russell

2

4

1

15

Jon Lester

4

1

0

14

Dexter Fowler

1

2

6

13

Ben Zobrist

2

1

3

11

Jason Hammel

3

0

1

10

Kris Bryant

0.5

2.5

3

9.5

Jorge Soler

1

1

3

8

Miguel Montero

1.5

1

0.5

7

Kyle Hendricks

2

0

0

6

Jason Heyward

0

3

0

6

Adam Warren

0

2

1

5

Hector Rondon

0

1

2

4

Tommy La Stella

0

1

2

4

John Lackey

1

0

0

3

Matt Szczur

0

1

0

2

Pedro Strop

0

1

0

2

Tim Federowicz

0

1

0

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

1

27

Addison Russell

5

2

3

22

Kris Bryant

1.5

4.5

1

14.5

Jorge Soler

2

2

3

13

Dexter Fowler

3

0

2

11

Ben Zobrist

1

2

3

10

Anthony Rizzo

1.5

1.5

2

9.5

Tommy La Stella

2

0

3

9

John Lackey

2

0

0

6

David Ross

1

1

1

6

Trevor Cahill

1

1

0

5

Miguel Montero

0

2

1

5

Kyle Hendricks

1

0

1

4

Pedro Strop

0

2

0

4

Hector Rondon

1

0

0

3

Tim Federowicz

1

0

0

3

Javier Baez

0

1

1

3

Matt Szczur

0

1

1

3

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

15

0

15

Anthony Rizzo

22.5

9.5

13

Jon Lester

14

1

13

Jason Hammel

10

0

10

Adam Warren

5

0

5

Dexter Fowler

13

11

2

Miguel Montero

7

5

2

Kyle Hendricks

6

4

2

Ben Zobrist

11

10

1

Hector Rondon

4

3

1

Justin Grimm

1

0

1

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Matt Szczur

2

3

-1

Tim Federowicz

2

3

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Travis Wood

0

1

-1

Pedro Strop

2

4

-2

John Lackey

3

6

-3

Javier Baez

0

3

-3

Kris Bryant

9.5

14.5

-5

Jorge Soler

8

13

-5

Tommy La Stella

4

9

-5

David Ross

1

6

-5

Trevor Cahill

0

5

-5

Addison Russell

15

22

-7

Jason Heyward

6

27

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