clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 77

New, 57 comments

On a day when the bullpen desperately needed a breather, Kyle Hendricks did his part to help out by throwing a career high number of pitches to take his fifth Superhero of the season.

The bullpen has a very large "Thank You" card on its way.
The bullpen has a very large "Thank You" card on its way.
Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Another routine day at the office for Javier Baez.

Graphs for Game 77 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 77 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 77:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Hendricks

6.2

8

1

2

2

5

0.58

.146

C Edwards Jr.

2

0

0

0

1

2

0.11

.017

J Grimm

0.1

1

0

0

2

0

0.09

-.011

Total

9

9

1

2

5

7

0.44

.152

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

5

1

1

1

3

0

2

0.51

.122

K Bryant

4

1

2

0

0

0

2

0.51

.067

B Zobrist

4

2

2

0

0

1

0

0.32

.057

W Contreras

5

1

1

0

1

0

0

0.27

.051

J Baez

5

1

3

0

1

0

1

0.23

.050

A Russell

3

1

1

1

1

2

0

0.23

.019

A Almora

3

1

1

1

1

1

1

0.14

.010

C Edwards Jr.

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.01

.000

M Szczur

4

1

1

0

1

1

2

0.15

-.005

K Hendricks

3

0

0

0

1

0

2

0.25

-.021

Total

37

9

12

3

9

5

11

0.28

.348

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 - Kyle Hendricks (.146). As Al mentioned in his recap, the 117 pitches thrown by Hendricks was a career high, breaking his previous mark of 108 on May 21, 2015.
  • Hero - Anthony Rizzo (.122). If you only have one hit on the day, might as well make it a three-run inside-the-parker.
  • Sidekick - Kris Bryant (.067). Hard to believe, but true: This game is only the second one this season in which Team Bryzzo has been on the Hero podium in the same game, with the only other time being in the series opener on Monday.

THE THREE GOATS: It's an extremely tough-luck crew on the Goat podium in this game, magnified by a domino-effect bump from Hendricks' -.021 hitting being moved out, which in turn led to the .000 hitting of Carl Edwards Jr. being moved out.

  • Billy Goat - Justin Grimm (-.011). It's a new high-water mark (or closest-to-zero mark, if you prefer) for the Billy Goat this season, breaking the previous mark of -.017 which had been set by Jason Heyward and Kris Bryant on April 13 and April 24.
  • Goat - Matt Szczur (-.005). Even a walk, a passed ball, and a wild pitch couldn't help him out as the score was already at least 8-2 when they occurred. And then there's the toughest luck of them all...
  • Kid - Albert Almora Jr. (+.010). Yup, 1-for-3 with an opposite-field homer -- the first homer of his major-league career, no less -- and he ends up as the new largest Anti-Goat for 2016, smashing the previous mark of +.002 set by Justin Grimm on June 17. Sometimes life just isn't fair.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 77: Hendricks moves back into fifth place on the chart as the starting rotation once again occupies four of the top five spots.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

6

10.5

7.5

46.5

Addison Russell

6

7

4

36

Jon Lester

9

3

1

34

Kris Bryant

3.5

6.5

8

31.5

Jake Arrieta

9

1

0

29

Ben Zobrist

6

2

6.5

28.5

Kyle Hendricks

5

2

1

20

Miguel Montero

3.5

4

1.5

20

Dexter Fowler

1

3

11

20

Jason Hammel

4

1

5

19

Travis Wood

4

2

1

17

Jorge Soler

2

3

5

17

Jason Heyward

1

6

2

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

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

Justin Grimm

0

1.5

3.5

6.5

Willson Contreras

2

0

0

6

Trevor Cahill

0

3

0

6

Chris Coghlan

0

1

1

3

Clayton Richard

0

1

1

3

Matt Szczur

0

1

1

3

Joel Peralta

0

1

0

2

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

Ben Zobrist

3.5

6.5

8

31.5

Anthony Rizzo

4

8

2.5

30.5

Jorge Soler

4

3

9

27

Javier Baez

4

3

7

25

Adam Warren

4

1

0

14

Pedro Strop

3

2

1

14

Miguel Montero

1

4

3

14

Kyle Hendricks

2

2

1

11

David Ross

1

2

3.5

10.5

Travis Wood

3

0

1

10

Justin Grimm

2

1

2

10

Tommy La Stella

2

0

4

10

John Lackey

3

0

0

9

Albert Almora Jr.

1

1

4

9

Hector Rondon

2

1

0

8

Matt Szczur

0

3

2

8

Chris Coghlan

1

1

1

6

Trevor Cahill

1

1

1

6

Clayton Richard

1

0

3

6

Jason Hammel

0

2

2

6

Jake Arrieta

1

0

1

4

Jon Lester

1

0

1

4

Tim Federowicz

1

0

1

4

Willson Contreras

0

1

1

3

Gerardo Concepcion

0

1

0

2

Spencer Patton

0

1

0

2

Kyle Schwarber

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Jon Lester

34

4

30

Jake Arrieta

29

4

25

Anthony Rizzo

46.5

30.5

16

Jason Hammel

19

6

13

Kyle Hendricks

20

11

9

Travis Wood

17

10

7

Miguel Montero

20

14

6

John Lackey

15

9

6

Hector Rondon

13

8

5

Willson Contreras

6

3

3

David Ross

13

10.5

2.5

Tommy La Stella

12.5

10

2.5

Joel Peralta

2

0

2

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Trevor Cahill

6

6

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Albert Almora Jr.

8

9

-1

Gerardo Concepcion

1

2

-1

Spencer Patton

1

2

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Ben Zobrist

28.5

31.5

-3

Chris Coghlan

3

6

-3

Clayton Richard

3

6

-3

Justin Grimm

6.5

10

-3.5

Pedro Strop

9

14

-5

Matt Szczur

3

8

-5

Adam Warren

6.5

14

-7.5

Kris Bryant

31.5

41.5

-10

Jorge Soler

17

27

-10

Javier Baez

13

25

-12

Addison Russell

36

50

-14

Dexter Fowler

20

41

-21

Jason Heyward

17

43

-26