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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 100

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On a night where offense looked like it would once again be hard to find, a booming home run by Javier Baez gave him the top honors on the Hero podium as the Cubs rolled to an 8-1 win.

It's gotta be a great feeling when you know that it's gone as soon as you hit it.
It's gotta be a great feeling when you know that it's gone as soon as you hit it.
Jon Durr/Getty Images

And the moment that put the icing on the cake...

Graphs for Game 100 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 100 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 100:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Hammel

7

5

1

1

2

7

1.04

.250

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.94

.070

A Chapman

1

0

0

0

0

2

0.01

.001

Total

9

5

1

1

2

9

0.94

.321

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Baez

4

1

1

1

2

0

0

0.72

.303

K Bryant

3

2

1

1

1

0

0

0.82

.161

A Rizzo

3

1

1

0

0

1

1

0.89

.008

T La Stella

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.2

.005

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.01

.000

J Heyward

3

1

1

0

0

1

0

0.7

-.029

D Fowler

4

0

0

0

0

1

2

0.7

-.031

J Hammel

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.81

-.040

B Zobrist

4

1

1

0

1

0

0

0.91

-.048

A Russell

4

1

1

1

4

0

0

0.8

-.070

M Montero

2

1

0

0

0

2

0

1.03

-.079

Total

30

8

6

3

8

6

4

0.78

.179

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 100: With two out and Jason Heyward on first in the bottom of the seventh, Javier Baez crushes a 3-2 curveball deep into the left-center field bleachers to give the Cubs a 3-1 lead... on their second hit of the night. WPA impact: +.338.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Javier Baez (.303). I mean, he absolutely massacred that curveball. The reaction from Hawk on Comcast SportsNet was quite simple: "It is... 3-1."
  • Hero - Jason Hammel (.250). Another impressive July start for Hammel, pitching seven strong and only making one mistake. Luck would just have it that the mistake would be to Anthony Ranaudo.
  • Sidekick - Kris Bryant (.161). Tied the game back up with the Cubs' first hit of the night in the sixth inning.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Miguel Montero (-.079). Almost had a hit in the seventh -- which probably would have also pushed him off of the Goat podium entirely -- but was denied on a nice ranging play by Todd Frazier.
  • Goat - Addison Russell (-.070). I know, it doesn't seem right that he ends up on the Goats when he hits his first-ever grand slam in the big leagues. Had the score not been 4-1 in the eighth when he hit it, the WPA impact would have been a lot greater. And before the inevitable comment comes in... it's not my subjective opinion putting him here.
  • Kid - Ben Zobrist (-.048). The same can be said for Zobrist's run-scoring double in the eighth; it just was too little and too late to make up for the 0-for-3 that preceded it, including a grounder back to Ranaudo in the first with two on.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 100: Baez works his way back to within five points of breakeven on the chart, a position he hasn't seen in just over 40 games.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

10

15.5

9

70

Addison Russell

9

10

8

55

Kris Bryant

5.5

6.5

10

39.5

Jon Lester

10

3

1

37

Ben Zobrist

7

3

9.5

36.5

Jake Arrieta

10

1

0

32

Kyle Hendricks

7

3

2

29

Javier Baez

4

5

5

27

Jason Heyward

2

8

3

25

Jason Hammel

5

2

5

24

Miguel Montero

4.5

4

2.5

24

Dexter Fowler

2

3

11

23

Travis Wood

4

3

1

19

Tommy La Stella

2

4

3.5

17.5

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

Willson Contreras

3

0

3

12

Adam Warren

1

3.5

1.5

11.5

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

Carl Edwards Jr.

0

1

1

3

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

Gerardo Concepcion

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Addison Russell

10

11

8

60

Jason Heyward

10

11

3

55

Kris Bryant

7.5

8.5

8

47.5

Dexter Fowler

9

7

5

46

Ben Zobrist

5.5

8.5

12

45.5

Anthony Rizzo

5

10

2.5

37.5

Javier Baez

5

4

9

32

Jorge Soler

4

3

9

27

Miguel Montero

3

4

3

20

John Lackey

5

1

1

18

Adam Warren

4

2

0

16

Pedro Strop

3

3

1

16

Willson Contreras

1.5

4.5

2

15.5

Travis Wood

3

1

3

14

Matt Szczur

0.5

3.5

4

12.5

Jon Lester

3

1

1

12

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

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

Mike Montgomery

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

70

37.5

32.5

Jon Lester

37

12

25

Jake Arrieta

32

10

22

Kyle Hendricks

29

11

18

Jason Hammel

24

9

15

Tommy La Stella

17.5

10

7.5

Travis Wood

19

14

5

Miguel Montero

24

20

4

Hector Rondon

14

11

3

David Ross

13.5

10.5

3

Carl Edwards Jr.

3

1

2

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Spencer Patton

1.5

2

-0.5

John Lackey

17

18

-1

Joel Peralta

2

3

-1

Gerardo Concepcion

1

2

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

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

Mike Montgomery

0

3

-3

Willson Contreras

12

15.5

-3.5

Justin Grimm

6.5

10

-3.5

Albert Almora Jr.

8

12

-4

Adam Warren

11.5

16

-4.5

Addison Russell

55

60

-5

Javier Baez

27

32

-5

Matt Szczur

6

12.5

-6.5

Pedro Strop

9

16

-7

Kris Bryant

39.5

47.5

-8

Ben Zobrist

36.5

45.5

-9

Jorge Soler

17

27

-10

Dexter Fowler

23

46

-23

Jason Heyward

25

55

-30