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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 65

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Jake Arrieta's trophy case continues to grow as he picks up yet another Superhero in Friday's 6-0 win over the Pirates.

Well, it's been five games, so it's time for another Jake Arrieta photo.
Well, it's been five games, so it's time for another Jake Arrieta photo.
Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Eleven strikeouts in 12 seconds.

Graphs for Game 65 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 65 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 65:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Arrieta

6

2

0

0

3

11

1.44

.320

T Cahill

1.1

0

0

0

0

0

0.16

.015

T Wood

0.2

0

0

0

0

0

0.14

.005

J Grimm

1

1

0

0

1

2

0.06

.002

Total

9

3

0

0

4

13

0.97

.343

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Almora

4

0

3

0

2

1

1

0.46

.066

M Szczur

5

1

2

1

2

0

1

0.96

.064

C Coghlan

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.58

.055

J Baez

3

0

1

0

0

2

0

0.58

.023

B Zobrist

5

1

1

0

1

0

1

0.5

.020

A Rizzo

1

1

0

0

0

2

1

0.3

.019

D Fowler

3

2

1

0

0

2

0

0.63

.014

J Arrieta

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.87

.001

T Cahill

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.04

-.001

A Russell

2

0

0

0

1

3

1

0.69

-.021

M Montero

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.68

-.084

Total

31

6

9

1

6

11

6

0.6

.157

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 (.320). For those keeping score at home: 14 starts, 10 Heroes, nine Superheroes, one Goat. And a bottom-step Goat at that. #gaudy
  • Hero - Albert Almora Jr. (.066). In a neck-and-neck battle for the second spot, Almora ends up winning it on the grounder to short that led to the collision between Anthony Rizzo and Josh Harrison.
  • Sidekick - Matt Szczur (.064). He did have the two-run homer on the second pitch of the game, but a bases-loaded strikeout and a popout to second with a runner on third ended up dragging him down.

THE THREE GOATS: There's a rather interesting turn of events on the Goat podium in this one...

  • Billy Goat - Miguel Montero (-.084). Captain Clutch he was not on Friday.
  • Goat - Addison Russell (-.021). He gets a ton of style points for his 13-pitch walk and his nifty play in the eighth, though. At this point he's going to need a wing in the style point bank named after him.
  • Kid - Justin Grimm (+.002). Just how did Grimm end up on the final step as the Anti-Goat? First, there was a bump as the -.001 hitting of Trevor Cahill was moved out, and that bump led to a domino effect bump as Arrieta's +.001 hitting was moved out.  I'm quite confident that this was the first time in the history of this feature in which a double-bump occurred with one bump being an Anti-Goat. What can I say... it's been that kind of a season.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 65: Arrieta just keeps piling on the points, once again taking a three-point lead on Jon Lester as they leave the rest of the pack well in the rear-view mirror.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

6

6.5

6.5

37.5

Addison Russell

4

7

4

30

Jake Arrieta

9

1

0

29

Jon Lester

8

2

1

29

Ben Zobrist

5

2

5.5

24.5

Kris Bryant

2.5

5.5

6

24.5

Dexter Fowler

1

3

11

20

Jason Hammel

4

1

4

18

Miguel Montero

3.5

3

1.5

18

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

Pedro Strop

1

2

2

9

Albert Almora Jr.

2

1

0

8

David Ross

1

2

1

8

Adam Warren

0

2.5

1.5

6.5

Trevor Cahill

0

3

0

6

Justin Grimm

0

0.5

3.5

4.5

Clayton Richard

0

1

1

3

Matt Szczur

0

1

1

3

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

8

4

47

Kris Bryant

6.5

8.5

5

41.5

Dexter Fowler

8

6

5

41

Jason Heyward

7

8

1

38

Anthony Rizzo

4

8

2.5

30.5

Jorge Soler

4

3

9

27

Ben Zobrist

3.5

4.5

5

24.5

Javier Baez

2

3

6

18

Adam Warren

3

1

0

11

Pedro Strop

2

2

1

11

David Ross

1

2

3.5

10.5

Tommy La Stella

2

0

4

10

Kyle Hendricks

2

1

1

9

Miguel Montero

1

2

1

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

Hector Rondon

1

1

0

5

Jason Hammel

0

2

1

5

Jon Lester

1

0

1

4

Tim Federowicz

1

0

1

4

Justin Grimm

0

1

2

4

Chris Coghlan

1

0

0

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

+/-

Jake Arrieta

29

1

28

Jon Lester

29

4

25

Jason Hammel

18

5

13

Miguel Montero

18

8

10

John Lackey

15

6

9

Travis Wood

15

7

8

Anthony Rizzo

37.5

30.5

7

Albert Almora Jr.

8

2

6

Kyle Hendricks

14

9

5

Hector Rondon

9

5

4

Tommy La Stella

12.5

10

2.5

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Justin Grimm

4.5

4

0.5

Ben Zobrist

24.5

24.5

0

Trevor Cahill

6

6

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Pedro Strop

9

11

-2

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Spencer Patton

0

2

-2

David Ross

8

10.5

-2.5

Clayton Richard

3

6

-3

Matt Szczur

3

6

-3

Chris Coghlan

0

3

-3

Adam Warren

6.5

11

-4.5

Javier Baez

12

18

-6

Jorge Soler

17

27

-10

Addison Russell

30

47

-17

Kris Bryant

24.5

41.5

-17

Dexter Fowler

20

41

-21

Jason Heyward

12

38

-26