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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 62

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While the Cubs' hitters were busy getting mowed down by the Nationals' pitching on Monday night, it was Kyle Hendricks' outing that landed him at the top of the Goats for the second time this season.

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Meanwhile, David Ross continues to bring smiles to the faces of Cub fans.

"...and George.  I mean Jorge."

Graphs for Game 62 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 62 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 62:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

C Richard

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.1

.006

J Grimm

1.2

3

0

0

1

1

0.43

-.006

K Hendricks

5.1

6

1

3

4

4

1.08

-.200

Total

8

10

1

3

5

5

0.84

-.200

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Russell

3

1

1

1

1

0

2

0.66

.148

D Ross

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.51

-.013

A Almora

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.71

-.018

J Baez

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.84

-.021

C Coghlan

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.49

-.025

K Hendricks

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.71

-.035

K Bryant

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.49

-.037

A Rizzo

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.84

-.038

J Heyward

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.61

-.060

M Montero

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.22

-.061

B Zobrist

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.81

-.063

D Fowler

4

0

0

0

0

0

3

0.76

-.076

Total

29

1

2

1

1

0

16

0.72

-.300

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 (.148). If there was a category called "Superhero by default", Russell would have won it for this game. Because after Russell on the podium, you drop all the way down to...
  • Hero - Clayton Richard (.006). ...yes, a scoreless eighth when the Cubs were down 4-1 took the second step. And that can only mean one thing...
  • Sidekick - Justin Grimm (-.006). ...the Anti-Hero was pretty much inevitable on Monday night.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Kyle Hendricks (-.200). It was his second-worst start of the season by Game Score standards, but if your two worst Game Scores for the season are 41 and 42, that's not necessarily a bad thing.
  • Goat - Dexter Fowler (-.076). Almost had a hit in the ninth which might have moved him down to the final podium spot, but was denied on a diving play by Ryan Zimmerman.
  • Kid - Ben Zobrist (-.063). From the "Silver Linings" department: He was the only Cub on the night, who didn't strike out. That includes all of the pinch-hitters as well.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 62: Russell and Fowler switch places outside of the cellar door as Fowler joins Jason Heyward in the ever-rotating group of players in the minus-20 club.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

5

6.5

6.5

34.5

Jon Lester

8

2

1

29

Addison Russell

4

6

3

27

Jake Arrieta

8

1

0

26

Ben Zobrist

5

2

5.5

24.5

Kris Bryant

2.5

5.5

6

24.5

Dexter Fowler

1

3

11

20

Miguel Montero

3.5

3

1.5

18

Jason Hammel

4

1

3

17

Jorge Soler

2

3

5

17

John Lackey

5

0

0

15

Travis Wood

4

1

1

15

Kyle Hendricks

3

2

1

14

Tommy La Stella

1

3

3.5

12.5

Javier Baez

2

2

2

12

Jason Heyward

0

6

0

12

Hector Rondon

1

2

2

9

David Ross

1

2

1

8

Pedro Strop

1

1

2

7

Adam Warren

0

2.5

1.5

6.5

Trevor Cahill

0

3

0

6

Justin Grimm

0

0.5

3.5

4.5

Albert Almora Jr.

1

0

0

3

Clayton Richard

0

1

1

3

Matt Szczur

0

1

0

2

Ryan Kalish

0

1

0

2

Tim Federowicz

0

1

0

2

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Addison Russell

9

7

4

45

Dexter Fowler

8

6

5

41

Kris Bryant

6.5

8.5

4

40.5

Jason Heyward

7

8

1

38

Anthony Rizzo

3

8

2.5

27.5

Jorge Soler

4

3

9

27

Ben Zobrist

3.5

4.5

5

24.5

Javier Baez

2

2

6

16

David Ross

1

2

3.5

10.5

Pedro Strop

2

2

0

10

Tommy La Stella

2

0

4

10

Kyle Hendricks

2

1

1

9

Adam Warren

2

1

0

8

Travis Wood

2

0

1

7

John Lackey

2

0

0

6

Trevor Cahill

1

1

1

6

Clayton Richard

1

0

3

6

Matt Szczur

0

2

2

6

Jason Hammel

0

2

1

5

Miguel Montero

0

2

1

5

Jon Lester

1

0

1

4

Tim Federowicz

1

0

1

4

Chris Coghlan

1

0

0

3

Hector Rondon

1

0

0

3

Justin Grimm

0

1

1

3

Spencer Patton

0

1

0

2

Albert Almora Jr.

0

0

2

2

Jake Arrieta

0

0

1

1

Kyle Schwarber

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Jon Lester

29

4

25

Jake Arrieta

26

1

25

Miguel Montero

18

5

13

Jason Hammel

17

5

12

John Lackey

15

6

9

Travis Wood

15

7

8

Anthony Rizzo

34.5

27.5

7

Hector Rondon

9

3

6

Kyle Hendricks

14

9

5

Tommy La Stella

12.5

10

2.5

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Justin Grimm

4.5

3

1.5

Albert Almora Jr.

3

2

1

Ben Zobrist

24.5

24.5

0

Trevor Cahill

6

6

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Adam Warren

6.5

8

-1.5

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Spencer Patton

0

2

-2

David Ross

8

10.5

-2.5

Pedro Strop

7

10

-3

Clayton Richard

3

6

-3

Chris Coghlan

0

3

-3

Javier Baez

12

16

-4

Matt Szczur

2

6

-4

Jorge Soler

17

27

-10

Kris Bryant

24.5

40.5

-16

Addison Russell

27

45

-18

Dexter Fowler

20

41

-21

Jason Heyward

12

38

-26