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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 72

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While the bullpen was busy shutting the door on the final four innings of the game, it was two big hits from Willson Contreras that sent him to the top of the Heroes in Friday's 5-4 win.

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Time to add another wing to the bank...

Graphs for Game 72 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 72 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 72:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T Wood

1.2

0

0

0

1

1

2.6

.288

H Rondon

1.1

0

0

0

0

1

2.21

.220

T Cahill

1

1

0

0

0

1

1.22

-.005

K Hendricks

5

1

1

0

4

5

0.96

-.093

Total

9

2

1

0

5

8

1.42

.411

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

W Contreras

4

1

2

1

3

0

1

1.37

.359

C Coghlan

3

1

1

0

0

2

1

1.02

.101

K Bryant

4

2

1

1

1

1

3

1.06

.056

B Zobrist

3

1

1

0

0

0

1

1.05

.040

D Ross

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.62

-.015

T Wood

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.64

-.016

K Hendricks

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.32

-.032

M Szczur

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.91

-.045

A Russell

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

1.48

-.047

J Heyward

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

1.05

-.060

A Almora

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.02

-.084

J Baez

4

0

1

0

1

0

2

1.63

-.168

Total

32

5

8

2

5

4

11

1.17

.089

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 - Willson Contreras (.359). How's this for a hot start: He's holding on to a 1.415 OPS in his first seven games in the bigs.
  • Hero - Travis Wood (.288). For the first time in the history of this feature, Wood is a member of the plus-10 club.
  • Sidekick - Hector Rondon (.220). Get a four-out save; win a prize. It's like a carnival game.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Javier Baez (-.168). Okay, before I get labeled a Baez hater because he's at the top of the Goat list, let me reiterate that it's not my subjective opinion that's putting him here.  His catch into the stands in the fourth was a thing of beauty and the style point bank is once again empty as a result of it. If there was a way to give him something more than style points for it, I would, but I am just a mere servant of the WPA masters and in the end it would just make the next guy on the podium look worse anyway. So while the WPA overlords love to see nice plays in the field, they're unfortunately too obstinate to assign any credit to them and prefer to nitpick over 5-4-3 double plays and bases-loaded strikeouts. The complaint line starts over there.
  • Goat - Kyle Hendricks (-.093). The inning line that you hate to hear: four runs, one hit. Even worse when it gives up a four-run lead and brings the game back to a tie.
  • Kid - Albert Almora Jr. (-.084). Had a couple of missed opportunities of his own with runners in scoring position but one of them was masked by a 4-0 lead.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 72: Contreras continues his early ascent of the chart while Wood enjoys a view that he's never seen before.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

6

8.5

6.5

41.5

Addison Russell

5

7

4

33

Jon Lester

8

3

1

31

Jake Arrieta

9

1

0

29

Ben Zobrist

6

2

5.5

27.5

Kris Bryant

2.5

6.5

7

27.5

Dexter Fowler

1

3

11

20

Jason Hammel

4

1

4

18

Miguel Montero

3.5

3

1.5

18

Kyle Hendricks

4

2

1

17

Travis Wood

4

2

1

17

Jorge Soler

2

3

5

17

John Lackey

5

0

0

15

David Ross

2

3

1

13

Hector Rondon

2

2

3

13

Javier Baez

2

2

3

13

Jason Heyward

0

6

1

13

Tommy La Stella

1

3

3.5

12.5

Pedro Strop

1

2

2

9

Albert Almora Jr.

2

1

0

8

Adam Warren

0

2.5

1.5

6.5

Willson Contreras

2

0

0

6

Trevor Cahill

0

3

0

6

Justin Grimm

0

0.5

3.5

4.5

Chris Coghlan

0

1

1

3

Clayton Richard

0

1

1

3

Matt Szczur

0

1

1

3

Ryan Kalish

0

1

0

2

Tim Federowicz

0

1

0

2

Gerardo Concepcion

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Spencer Patton

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Addison Russell

9

9

5

50

Jason Heyward

8

9

1

43

Kris Bryant

6.5

8.5

5

41.5

Dexter Fowler

8

6

5

41

Anthony Rizzo

4

8

2.5

30.5

Ben Zobrist

3.5

6.5

7

30.5

Jorge Soler

4

3

9

27

Javier Baez

4

3

6

24

Adam Warren

4

1

0

14

Pedro Strop

3

2

1

14

Kyle Hendricks

2

2

1

11

David Ross

1

2

3.5

10.5

Tommy La Stella

2

0

4

10

Miguel Montero

1

3

1

10

Albert Almora Jr.

1

1

3

8

Travis Wood

2

0

1

7

Justin Grimm

1

1

2

7

John Lackey

2

0

0

6

Trevor Cahill

1

1

1

6

Clayton Richard

1

0

3

6

Jason Hammel

0

2

2

6

Matt Szczur

0

2

2

6

Hector Rondon

1

1

0

5

Chris Coghlan

1

0

1

4

Jon Lester

1

0

1

4

Tim Federowicz

1

0

1

4

Spencer Patton

0

1

0

2

Jake Arrieta

0

0

1

1

Kyle Schwarber

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Willson Contreras

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Jake Arrieta

29

1

28

Jon Lester

31

4

27

Jason Hammel

18

6

12

Anthony Rizzo

41.5

30.5

11

Travis Wood

17

7

10

John Lackey

15

6

9

Miguel Montero

18

10

8

Hector Rondon

13

5

8

Kyle Hendricks

17

11

6

Willson Contreras

6

1

5

David Ross

13

10.5

2.5

Tommy La Stella

12.5

10

2.5

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Gerardo Concepcion

1

0

1

Albert Almora Jr.

8

8

0

Trevor Cahill

6

6

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Chris Coghlan

3

4

-1

Spencer Patton

1

2

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Justin Grimm

4.5

7

-2.5

Ben Zobrist

27.5

30.5

-3

Clayton Richard

3

6

-3

Matt Szczur

3

6

-3

Pedro Strop

9

14

-5

Adam Warren

6.5

14

-7.5

Jorge Soler

17

27

-10

Javier Baez

13

24

-11

Kris Bryant

27.5

41.5

-14

Addison Russell

33

50

-17

Dexter Fowler

20

41

-21

Jason Heyward

13

43

-30