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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 55

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With hits proving to be rather sparse on Sunday, Dexter Fowler's 0-for-4 outing landed him at the top of the Goats in the final game of the 10-game homestand.

I wonder if the ump is saying "Look, what do you want me to do?"
I wonder if the ump is saying "Look, what do you want me to do?"
Dylan Buell/Getty Images

David Ross and Anthony Rizzo were crestfallen by Sunday's loss, as seen here:

Graphs for Game 55 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 55 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 55:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T Wood

1.1

1

0

0

1

2

1.16

.063

T Cahill

1.2

0

0

0

2

4

0.59

.062

J Grimm

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

1.12

.025

A Warren

0.2

0

0

0

1

0

0.46

.019

J Arrieta

5

9

0

3

1

12

1.07

-.111

Total

9

10

0

3

5

18

0.97

.059

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Arrieta

1

0

1

0

1

0

0

1.5

.089

J Baez

3

1

1

1

1

0

0

1.13

.057

A Rizzo

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1.73

.050

B Zobrist

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

1.25

-.015

D Ross

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.92

-.023

M Szczur

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.04

-.034

J Soler

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.15

-.082

T La Stella

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

3.39

-.085

M Montero

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

1.83

-.105

K Bryant

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

1.46

-.118

A Russell

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.27

-.125

D Fowler

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.59

-.167

Total

31

2

5

1

2

2

6

1.42

-.559

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: In a season where unlikely occurrences keep occurring, it seems only fitting that for the second day in a row there's a three-way bump on the Hero podium as Jake Arrieta's hitting WPA of .089 led the team.  That's only the fifth time in the past three seasons in which a pitcher has led the team in WPA thanks to his bat.

  • Superhero - Travis Wood (.063). And by the thinnest of margins, Wood edges out...
  • Hero - Trevor Cahill (.062). ...for the top spot courtesy of the controversial no-call check-swing walk to Paul Goldschmidt that got Joe Maddon ejected.
  • Sidekick - Javier Baez (.057). Cut the deficit back to one with his homer in the sixth, but that's where the scoring ended.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Dexter Fowler (-.167). Registered a trifecta of sorts with three groundouts to third.  At least his final at-bat was a flyout.
  • Goat - Addison Russell (-.125). He's been in a WPA nosedive for the past 14 games. In that span, he's been on the podium eight times, all of them Goats and all of them either on the top step or the second one, taking his plus/minus position from plus-1 to minus-19. Ouch.
  • Kid - Kris Bryant (-.118). Ended up on the final spot in large part due to his strikeout in the eighth with Ben Zobrist on first.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 55: Wood makes another move toward the front of the second pack, while Russell begins a desperate search for a rope to get himself out of the quicksand.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

5

6.5

4.5

32.5

Ben Zobrist

5

2

5.5

24.5

Jake Arrieta

7

1

0

23

Jon Lester

6

2

1

23

Addison Russell

3

6

2

23

Kris Bryant

2.5

5.5

4

22.5

Dexter Fowler

1

2

11

18

Jason Hammel

4

1

3

17

Jorge Soler

2

3

5

17

Miguel Montero

3.5

2

1.5

16

Travis Wood

4

1

0

14

Kyle Hendricks

3

2

1

14

John Lackey

4

0

0

12

Jason Heyward

0

5

0

10

Tommy La Stella

0

3

3.5

9.5

Hector Rondon

1

2

2

9

Javier Baez

2

0

2

8

Pedro Strop

1

1

2

7

Adam Warren

0

2.5

1.5

6.5

David Ross

1

1

1

6

Trevor Cahill

0

3

0

6

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

Addison Russell

9

6

3

42

Kris Bryant

6.5

7.5

4

38.5

Jason Heyward

6

8

1

35

Dexter Fowler

6

4

4

30

Jorge Soler

4

3

9

27

Anthony Rizzo

3

7

2.5

25.5

Ben Zobrist

3.5

3.5

4

21.5

Pedro Strop

2

2

0

10

Tommy La Stella

2

0

4

10

Javier Baez

0

2

6

10

David Ross

1

2

1.5

8.5

Adam Warren

2

1

0

8

Travis Wood

2

0

1

7

John Lackey

2

0

0

6

Kyle Hendricks

1

1

1

6

Trevor Cahill

1

1

1

6

Clayton Richard

1

0

3

6

Matt Szczur

0

2

2

6

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

23

4

19

Jason Hammel

17

3

14

Miguel Montero

16

5

11

Kyle Hendricks

14

6

8

Anthony Rizzo

32.5

25.5

7

Travis Wood

14

7

7

John Lackey

12

6

6

Hector Rondon

9

3

6

Ben Zobrist

24.5

21.5

3

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Justin Grimm

3.5

3

0.5

Trevor Cahill

6

6

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Tommy La Stella

9.5

10

-0.5

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Adam Warren

6.5

8

-1.5

Javier Baez

8

10

-2

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Spencer Patton

0

2

-2

David Ross

6

8.5

-2.5

Pedro Strop

7

10

-3

Matt Szczur

2

6

-4

Clayton Richard

1

6

-5

Jorge Soler

17

27

-10

Dexter Fowler

18

30

-12

Kris Bryant

22.5

38.5

-16

Addison Russell

23

42

-19

Jason Heyward

10

35

-25