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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 79

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The quick recap of Friday's ugly 10-2 loss: Both podiums were won in landslides.

Hey, look!  There goes another one!
Hey, look! There goes another one!
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I only watched the condensed version of this game and even that was painful to watch. For those of you who sat through the whole thing live, including slogging through the rain delays... my hat is truly off to you.

Graphs for Game 79 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 79 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 79:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

S Patton

1

0

0

0

1

1

0.01

.000

T Cahill

3

3

0

0

1

2

0

.000

J Hammel

4

9

5

10

2

3

0.46

-.368

Total

8

12

5

10

4

6

0.27

-.367

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Bryant

3

1

1

1

1

1

1

0.34

.073

M Szczur

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.05

.003

T Cahill

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.02

.000

A Russell

2

0

0

0

1

0

1

0.15

-.013

A Almora

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.18

-.014

J Baez

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.23

-.022

J Hammel

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.52

-.025

W Contreras

4

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.26

-.028

J Heyward

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.27

-.030

B Zobrist

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.63

-.030

A Rizzo

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.44

-.046

Total

32

2

6

1

2

2

12

0.27

-.133

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 - Kris Bryant (.073). Talk about a dead-ringer podium spot... he scored the Cubs' first run courtesy of another long homer to left. And he did it while it was still only a 4-0 game.
  • Hero - Matt Szczur (.003). Just how bad was it for the offense in this game? Szczur takes the second spot on the podium thanks to a single to left with a runner on first. In a 10-1 game.
  • Sidekick (tie) - Trevor Cahill and Spencer Patton (.000). You could very easily say that Cahill should get the nod for throwing three scoreless innings to Patton's one, and you'd probably be right. But normally I don't break two-way ties with executive decision votes, and I'm pretty sure that one-half of a point isn't going to make a whole lot of difference for either of these guys in the long run (except for the Trevor Cahill fan club who will send me angry letters that he should currently be at plus-1 on the chart and not plus-0.5).

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jason Hammel (-.368). Another dubious honor from this game, as Al covered most of them already in his recap:  Hammel's Game Score on Friday night was 5. It's the lowest Game Score that he's ever posted, breaking his previous low-water mark of 9 that he set on April 16, 2010.  At least there was a familiar face there when he did it.
  • Goat - Anthony Rizzo (-.046). Hard to believe, but he was the only 0-for-4 on the night, magnified by his strikeout with Bryant on second in the first inning.
  • Kid - Ben Zobrist (-.030). Two plate appearances, including a strikeout to start the game, and his night was done.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 79: Bryant continues his ascent to even ground while Hammel and Rizzo both take a step away from the top of the pack.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

6

10.5

7.5

46.5

Addison Russell

6

7

4

36

Kris Bryant

4.5

6.5

8

34.5

Jon Lester

9

3

1

34

Ben Zobrist

7

2

6.5

31.5

Jake Arrieta

9

1

0

29

Miguel Montero

3.5

4

2.5

21

Kyle Hendricks

5

2

1

20

Dexter Fowler

1

3

11

20

Jason Hammel

4

1

5

19

John Lackey

5

1

0

17

Travis Wood

4

2

1

17

Jorge Soler

2

3

5

17

Jason Heyward

1

6

2

17

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

Trevor Cahill

0

3

0.5

6.5

Adam Warren

0

2.5

1.5

6.5

Justin Grimm

0

1.5

3.5

6.5

Willson Contreras

2

0

0

6

Matt Szczur

0

2

1

5

Chris Coghlan

0

1

1

3

Clayton Richard

0

1

1

3

Joel Peralta

0

1

0

2

Ryan Kalish

0

1

0

2

Tim Federowicz

0

1

0

2

Spencer Patton

0

0

1.5

1.5

Gerardo Concepcion

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

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

9

2.5

32.5

Ben Zobrist

3.5

6.5

9

32.5

Jorge Soler

4

3

9

27

Javier Baez

4

3

8

26

Pedro Strop

3

3

1

16

Adam Warren

4

1

0

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

Jason Hammel

1

2

2

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

Jake Arrieta

1

0

1

4

Jon Lester

1

0

1

4

Tim Federowicz

1

0

1

4

Joel Peralta

1

0

0

3

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

32.5

14

Jason Hammel

19

9

10

Kyle Hendricks

20

11

9

John Lackey

17

9

8

Miguel Montero

21

14

7

Travis Wood

17

10

7

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

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Trevor Cahill

6.5

6

0.5

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Spencer Patton

1.5

2

-0.5

Ben Zobrist

31.5

32.5

-1

Albert Almora Jr.

8

9

-1

Joel Peralta

2

3

-1

Gerardo Concepcion

1

2

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Matt Szczur

5

8

-3

Chris Coghlan

3

6

-3

Clayton Richard

3

6

-3

Justin Grimm

6.5

10

-3.5

Kris Bryant

34.5

41.5

-7

Pedro Strop

9

16

-7

Adam Warren

6.5

14

-7.5

Jorge Soler

17

27

-10

Javier Baez

13

26

-13

Addison Russell

36

50

-14

Dexter Fowler

20

41

-21

Jason Heyward

17

43

-26