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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 94

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Kyle Hendricks posts another strong start at home, throwing six-plus scoreless innings to pick up his third Superhero in his last four outings.

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From the "Who'da Thunk It" department...

Graphs for Game 94 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 94 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 94:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Hendricks

6.1

7

0

0

1

7

0.72

.235

C Edwards Jr.

1

0

0

1

1

0

0.22

.018

H Rondon

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.28

.013

T Wood

0.2

1

1

1

0

0

0.1

-.004

Total

9

9

1

2

2

8

0.57

.262

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Russell

3

0

3

0

2

0

0

0.86

.199

A Rizzo

4

2

2

2

3

0

0

0.51

.100

K Bryant

5

2

2

0

0

0

1

0.4

.042

J Heyward

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.51

.022

J Baez

4

0

2

0

1

0

1

0.35

.014

W Contreras

3

2

1

0

0

1

1

0.4

.006

A Almora

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.03

.001

K Hendricks

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.46

-.026

B Zobrist

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.43

-.057

M Montero

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.57

-.063

Total

34

6

11

2

6

2

6

0.48

.238

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 Ramirez Catalyst of Game 94: With the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the first, Addison Russell starts the Cubs' scoring with a two-run double to left on a 2-2 pitch. WPA impact: +.177.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Kyle Hendricks (.235). In the month of July he's given up exactly one run, and that one wasn't even earned.
  • Hero - Addison Russell (.199). It was the sixth three-hit game of his major-league career and the first game ever in the big leagues in which he went 3-for-3 at the plate.
  • Sidekick - Anthony Rizzo (.100). Meanwhile, he was just busy hitting bombs out to right-center.

THE THREE GOATS: Third place gets a bump as Hendricks' -.026 hitting is moved out. It's the third straight start for Hendricks in which his hitting has caused a bump on the Goat podium.

  • Billy Goat - Miguel Montero (-.063). Came close to a hit in the bottom of the first with a hard liner, but the BABIP gods got him as he hit it right at Michael Conforto.
  • Goat - Ben Zobrist (-.057). Also had a chance with on a shot up the middle but it got snagged up by a shifting Jose Reyes.
  • Kid - Travis Wood (-.004). It's hard to call it a tough-luck podium spot in this case, because even though it was a WPA just above zero, he did give up the only two runs that the Mets scored. Maybe it's karma at work once again.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 94: Hendricks breaks the tie for fourth place as the rotation solidifies the second through fifth spots on the chart behind Rizzo.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

9

14.5

9

65

Addison Russell

8

10

6

50

Kris Bryant

5.5

6.5

9

38.5

Jon Lester

10

3

1

37

Ben Zobrist

7

3

7.5

34.5

Jake Arrieta

10

1

0

32

Kyle Hendricks

7

2

2

27

Jason Heyward

2

8

3

25

Miguel Montero

4.5

4

2.5

24

Jason Hammel

5

1

5

22

Javier Baez

2

5

5

21

Dexter Fowler

1

3

11

20

Travis Wood

4

3

1

19

John Lackey

5

1

0

17

Jorge Soler

2

3

5

17

Hector Rondon

2

2

4

14

David Ross

2

3

1.5

13.5

Tommy La Stella

1

3

3.5

12.5

Willson Contreras

3

0

2

11

Adam Warren

1

2.5

1.5

9.5

Pedro Strop

1

2

2

9

Albert Almora Jr.

2

1

0

8

Trevor Cahill

0

3

0.5

6.5

Justin Grimm

0

1.5

3.5

6.5

Matt Szczur

0

2

2

6

Chris Coghlan

0

1

1

3

Clayton Richard

0

1

1

3

Jeimer Candelario

0

1

0

2

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

Carl Edwards Jr.

0

0

1

1

Gerardo Concepcion

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Addison Russell

10

10

7

57

Jason Heyward

9

10

2

49

Kris Bryant

7.5

8.5

7

46.5

Ben Zobrist

5.5

8.5

10

43.5

Dexter Fowler

8

6

5

41

Anthony Rizzo

5

9

2.5

35.5

Javier Baez

4

3

9

27

Jorge Soler

4

3

9

27

John Lackey

5

1

0

17

Miguel Montero

2

4

3

17

Adam Warren

4

2

0

16

Pedro Strop

3

3

1

16

Travis Wood

3

1

3

14

Willson Contreras

0.5

4.5

2

12.5

Matt Szczur

0.5

3.5

4

12.5

Albert Almora Jr.

1

2

5

12

Hector Rondon

2

2

1

11

Kyle Hendricks

2

2

1

11

David Ross

1

2

3.5

10.5

Jake Arrieta

3

0

1

10

Jon Lester

3

0

1

10

Justin Grimm

2

1

2

10

Tommy La Stella

2

0

4

10

Trevor Cahill

2

1

1

9

Jason Hammel

1

2

2

9

Chris Coghlan

1

1

1

6

Clayton Richard

1

0

3

6

Tim Federowicz

1

0

1

4

Jeimer Candelario

0

2

0

4

Joel Peralta

1

0

0

3

Gerardo Concepcion

0

1

0

2

Spencer Patton

0

1

0

2

Carl Edwards Jr.

0

0

1

1

Kyle Schwarber

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

65

35.5

29.5

Jon Lester

37

10

27

Jake Arrieta

32

10

22

Kyle Hendricks

27

11

16

Jason Hammel

22

9

13

Miguel Montero

24

17

7

Travis Wood

19

14

5

Hector Rondon

14

11

3

David Ross

13.5

10.5

3

Tommy La Stella

12.5

10

2.5

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

John Lackey

17

17

0

Carl Edwards Jr.

1

1

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Spencer Patton

1.5

2

-0.5

Joel Peralta

2

3

-1

Gerardo Concepcion

1

2

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Willson Contreras

11

12.5

-1.5

Jeimer Candelario

2

4

-2

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Trevor Cahill

6.5

9

-2.5

Chris Coghlan

3

6

-3

Clayton Richard

3

6

-3

Justin Grimm

6.5

10

-3.5

Albert Almora Jr.

8

12

-4

Javier Baez

21

27

-6

Adam Warren

9.5

16

-6.5

Matt Szczur

6

12.5

-6.5

Addison Russell

50

57

-7

Pedro Strop

9

16

-7

Kris Bryant

38.5

46.5

-8

Ben Zobrist

34.5

43.5

-9

Jorge Soler

17

27

-10

Dexter Fowler

20

41

-21

Jason Heyward

25

49

-24