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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 29

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On a day where the WPA graph looked like a wild roller-coaster ride, Addison Russell's 2-for-4 performance pushed him to the top of the Hero pack in the Cubs' 8-5 win.

Will it be fair, or will it be foul?...
Will it be fair, or will it be foul?...
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Fun Fact, plus more David Ross goofiness:

Graphs for Game 29 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 29 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 29:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

C Richard

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.97

.080

P Strop

1

0

0

0

0

3

0.94

.070

A Warren

1

0

0

0

1

1

2.53

.066

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.4

.030

J Hammel

5

4

0

3

4

3

1.15

-.161

S Patton

0

1

0

1

1

0

1.25

-.167

T Wood

0

1

0

1

0

0

1.73

-.184

Total

9

6

0

5

6

8

1.23

-.265

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Russell

4

1

2

0

3

1

1

2.03

.431

R Kalish

1

0

1

0

2

0

0

5.19

.316

A Rizzo

4

2

2

0

0

0

0

1.03

.156

K Bryant

4

2

1

1

1

1

1

0.87

.117

D Fowler

4

1

2

0

1

1

0

1.17

.107

T La Stella

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

1.94

.057

J Soler

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.81

.007

T Federowicz

2

1

1

0

0

0

1

1.52

-.021

J Baez

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.19

-.029

B Zobrist

3

0

1

0

1

1

0

1.28

-.039

J Hammel

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.64

-.049

D Ross

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

2.19

-.130

J Heyward

4

0

0

0

0

1

2

1.36

-.158

Total

32

8

11

1

8

7

6

1.44

.765

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 - Addison Russell (.431).  The double off of Bryce Harper's glove in the seventh was obviously pivotal, but he doesn't make the top step without his run-scoring single in the sixth and his walk in the fifth.
  • Hero - Ryan Kalish (.316).  It's all about location, and hitting a flare just out of the reach of Danny Espinosa at short will work just fine when it gives the Cubs the lead.
  • Sidekick - Anthony Rizzo (.156).  Gets the table-setter spot with his ground-rule double in the seventh.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Travis Wood (-.184).  Only faced one batter and gave up a triple in a 5-4 game.
  • Goat - Spencer Patton (-.167).  I'm pretty sure that giving up a walk, a stolen base, and a double while retiring nobody wasn't the way that he wanted to make his Cubs' debut.
  • Kid - Jason Hammel (-.161).  Only had one inning where he wasn't fighting his way out of runners in scoring position, with his final inning of work pushing him to the final stair for the day.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 29: Russell works his way closer to the starting line while Rizzo moves into a tie for first on the charts.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

4

4.5

3.5

24.5

Addison Russell

3

4

1

18

Jake Arrieta

5

0

0

15

Jon Lester

4

1

0

14

Ben Zobrist

3

1

3

14

Dexter Fowler

1

2

6

13

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

Tommy La Stella

0

2

2

6

Adam Warren

0

2

1

5

Hector Rondon

0

1

2

4

John Lackey

1

0

0

3

Matt Szczur

0

1

0

2

Pedro Strop

0

1

0

2

Ryan Kalish

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

2.5

4.5

1

17.5

Dexter Fowler

3

1

2

13

Jorge Soler

2

2

3

13

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

Travis Wood

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

Spencer Patton

0

1

0

2

Jason Hammel

0

0

1

1

Jon Lester

0

0

1

1

Justin Grimm

0

0

1

1

Kyle Schwarber

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

24.5

9.5

15

Jake Arrieta

15

0

15

Jon Lester

14

1

13

Jason Hammel

10

1

9

Adam Warren

5

0

5

Ben Zobrist

14

10

4

Miguel Montero

7

5

2

Kyle Hendricks

6

4

2

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Hector Rondon

4

3

1

Dexter Fowler

13

13

0

Justin Grimm

1

1

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Matt Szczur

2

3

-1

Tim Federowicz

2

3

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Pedro Strop

2

4

-2

Spencer Patton

0

2

-2

Tommy La Stella

6

9

-3

John Lackey

3

6

-3

Javier Baez

0

3

-3

Addison Russell

18

22

-4

Travis Wood

0

4

-4

Jorge Soler

8

13

-5

David Ross

1

6

-5

Trevor Cahill

0

5

-5

Kris Bryant

9.5

17.5

-8

Jason Heyward

6

27

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