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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 50

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Just when you thought you had seen it all... you hadn't.

If there was a way to have put all three of these Jake Arrietas on the Hero podium, it would have been done.
If there was a way to have put all three of these Jake Arrietas on the Hero podium, it would have been done.
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For long-time readers of Heroes and Goats, those of you going all the way back to the early days in 2014, you may remember the infamous Game 144 of the 2014 season where the Cubs came this close to having a double-negative Hero podium.  And you wondered if it would ever happen in your lifetimes as 2015 came and went without ever coming close.  Then there was Game 37 this season, where the heavens opened up and gave everyone something that had not been seen before:  Two players sharing one podium spot as the Anti-Hero.

But still, the elusive prize remained out of reach.  Would there ever be the day where there would be two Anti-Heroes on two spots of the Hero podium?  Could it even be possible?  Would the patience of the long-time H & G reader ever bear fruit and be rewarded with the glorious bounty that is the ever-elusive game with only one player on the team with a WPA completely above zero??

And, then... with a chorus of brass rising to a tremendous crescendo... the question was answered.

And it was answered with a resounding "Yes".

And it was truly remarkable.

... Even if it meant that the Cubs lost.

Graphs for Game 50 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 50 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 50:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Arrieta

7

2

0

0

4

8

1.27

.432

T Cahill

1

1

1

1

0

1

0.24

-.024

A Warren

1

2

0

2

1

0

1.24

-.049

C Richard

0

3

0

2

0

0

2.66

-.337

Total

9

8

1

5

5

9

1.24

.022

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T La Stella

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.18

-.004

D Fowler

3

0

1

0

0

1

0

0.79

-.007

A Rizzo

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.02

-.037

M Montero

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.53

-.041

J Heyward

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.68

-.052

J Arrieta

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.15

-.057

A Russell

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.87

-.064

B Zobrist

3

0

0

0

0

0

3

0.98

-.074

K Bryant

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.25

-.092

J Soler

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.25

-.094

Total

27

0

1

0

0

1

11

0.89

-.522

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 - Jake Arrieta (.432). Here you have it... the only Cub in the game whose WPA was above the zero mark. If you're going to be the only guy above zero, might as well be way above it.
  • Hero - Tommy La Stella (-.004). And here's the first Cub in H & G history to ever stand on the second step of the Hero podium as a true Anti-Hero thanks to a pinch-hit flyout in the ninth.  May his name live on forever as the answer to a Heroes and Goats trivia question.
  • Sidekick - Dexter Fowler (-.007). The funny part is that Fowler was well in line to be positive on the night after recording the game's only hit but then gave it all back (and then some) by getting caught stealing on a pickoff play.  And that, my friends, is how the double-Anti-Hero came to be on Tuesday night.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Clayton Richard (-.337). Right now he's sitting on a WHIP of 2.111. But, hey... at least his FIP is only 3.34!
  • Goat - Jorge Soler (-.094). His 0-for-3 was magnified by making the first out of the inning three times, once in the eighth when the game was still close.
  • Kid - Kris Bryant (-.092). It's his fifth game in a row on the Goats.  At least this time it was with a WPA worse than -.050.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 50: Arrieta extends his lead at the top of the chart while Soler and Bryant sink further down into the mud at the bottom.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

5

5.5

4.5

30.5

Ben Zobrist

5

2

5.5

24.5

Jake Arrieta

7

1

0

23

Addison Russell

3

6

2

23

Kris Bryant

2.5

4.5

4

20.5

Jon Lester

5

2

1

20

Dexter Fowler

1

2

10

17

Jason Hammel

4

1

2

16

Miguel Montero

3.5

2

1.5

16

Jorge Soler

2

2

4

14

Kyle Hendricks

3

1

1

12

Jason Heyward

0

5

0

10

Tommy La Stella

0

3

3.5

9.5

John Lackey

3

0

0

9

Hector Rondon

1

2

2

9

Travis Wood

2

1

0

8

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

Kris Bryant

6.5

6.5

3

35.5

Jason Heyward

6

8

1

35

Addison Russell

8

3

3

33

Jorge Soler

4

3

9

27

Dexter Fowler

5

3

4

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

Clayton Richard

1

0

3

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

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

23

1

22

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

Tommy La Stella

9.5

9

0.5

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

Adam Warren

6.5

8

-1.5

David Ross

6

8

-2

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Spencer Patton

0

2

-2

Matt Szczur

2

6

-4

Javier Baez

4

9

-5

Clayton Richard

1

6

-5

Dexter Fowler

17

25

-8

Addison Russell

23

33

-10

Jorge Soler

14

27

-13

Kris Bryant

20.5

35.5

-15

Jason Heyward

10

35

-25