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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 85

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There were plenty of culprits in Thursday's game, but the 11th-inning double play from Addison Russell landed him at the top of the Goats in the Cubs' 4-3 loss.

It wasn't this particular play, but it was this particular Cub.
It wasn't this particular play, but it was this particular Cub.
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Beware of abrupt chart turns ahead...

Graphs for Game 85 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 85 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 85:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Hendricks

2

0

0

0

1

1

0.6

.068

T Wood

0.2

0

0

0

0

1

0.92

.043

J Grimm

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

0.24

.006

J Hammel

5

3

1

2

1

6

0.8

-.039

S Patton

2

2

0

1

1

4

2.71

-.178

H Rondon

1

1

1

1

1

3

2.62

-.213

Total

11

6

2

4

4

15

1.37

-.314

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

W Contreras

5

0

3

0

2

0

0

2.49

.700

J Heyward

4

0

2

0

0

1

0

2.12

.173

K Bryant

1

1

0

0

0

1

1

0.93

.117

A Rizzo

4

1

1

0

0

0

1

1.58

.010

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

2.23

-.056

A Almora

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.22

-.060

J Hammel

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.83

-.096

J Baez

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.84

-.109

B Zobrist

5

1

1

0

1

0

1

2

-.115

T La Stella

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.57

-.132

J Candelario

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

3.12

-.249

A Russell

4

0

0

0

0

1

0

2.5

-.371

Total

38

3

8

0

3

3

9

1.97

-.186

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 - Willson Contreras (.700). It's been over 16 years since the last time that a Cub hitter posted a WPA above .690 in a Cubs' loss. You have to go all the way back to Henry Rodriguez on May 14, 2000 to find the last occurrence. You might want to avert your eyes if you look at that box score.
  • Hero - Jason Heyward (.173). Believe it or not... Jason Heyward has finally climbed out of the cellar, all thanks to his single in the 11th.
  • Sidekick - Kris Bryant (.117). Another rare feat here, as Bryant becomes only the third Cub since 1913 to post a WPA above .100 as a result of a walk and being hit twice. He's also only the second Cub to do it in four plate appearances, along with Xavier Nady on April 9, 2010. Anthony Rizzo also pulled off the feat on April 2, 2014, but it took him eight plate appearances to do it. And to top it all off, Bryant is the only Cub to do it without recording a hit in the game.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Addison Russell (-.371). His run of 32 games without a Billy Goat comes to an end, courtesy of the dreaded 6-4-3.
  • Goat - Jeimer Candelario (-.249). The weak flyout to end the game played a large role in getting him here, but his first two plate appearances didn't help matters either.
  • Kid - Hector Rondon (-.213). It's been over a year -- May 22, 2015, to be exact -- since he blew a save by giving up a game-tying homer.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 85: Contreras climbs back to the positive side of the fence while Heyward's departure from the cellar leaves the ailing Dexter Fowler at the bottom of the list.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

8

10.5

8

53

Addison Russell

7

8

5

42

Kris Bryant

4.5

6.5

9

35.5

Jon Lester

9

3

1

34

Ben Zobrist

7

3

6.5

33.5

Jake Arrieta

9

1

0

29

Jason Heyward

2

8

2

24

Kyle Hendricks

5

2

2

21

Miguel Montero

3.5

4

2.5

21

Dexter Fowler

1

3

11

20

Travis Wood

4

3

1

19

Jason Hammel

4

1

5

19

John Lackey

5

1

0

17

Jorge Soler

2

3

5

17

David Ross

2

3

1.5

13.5

Hector Rondon

2

2

3

13

Javier Baez

2

2

3

13

Tommy La Stella

1

3

3.5

12.5

Willson Contreras

3

0

1

10

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

1

5

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

9

6

54

Jason Heyward

8

9

1

43

Kris Bryant

6.5

8.5

6

42.5

Dexter Fowler

8

6

5

41

Anthony Rizzo

5

9

2.5

35.5

Ben Zobrist

3.5

7.5

9

34.5

Javier Baez

4

3

9

27

Jorge Soler

4

3

9

27

Pedro Strop

3

3

1

16

Adam Warren

4

1

0

14

Miguel Montero

1

4

3

14

John Lackey

4

0

0

12

Travis Wood

3

0

2

11

Kyle Hendricks

2

2

1

11

Albert Almora Jr.

1

2

4

11

David Ross

1

2

3.5

10.5

Justin Grimm

2

1

2

10

Tommy La Stella

2

0

4

10

Hector Rondon

2

1

1

9

Trevor Cahill

2

1

1

9

Jason Hammel

1

2

2

9

Matt Szczur

0

3

2

8

Jake Arrieta

2

0

1

7

Jon Lester

2

0

1

7

Willson Contreras

0

3

1

7

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

+/-

Jon Lester

34

7

27

Jake Arrieta

29

7

22

Anthony Rizzo

53

35.5

17.5

Kyle Hendricks

21

11

10

Jason Hammel

19

9

10

Travis Wood

19

11

8

Miguel Montero

21

14

7

John Lackey

17

12

5

Hector Rondon

13

9

4

David Ross

13.5

10.5

3

Willson Contreras

10

7

3

Tommy La Stella

12.5

10

2.5

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Carl Edwards Jr.

1

1

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Spencer Patton

1.5

2

-0.5

Ben Zobrist

33.5

34.5

-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

Albert Almora Jr.

8

11

-3

Matt Szczur

5

8

-3

Chris Coghlan

3

6

-3

Clayton Richard

3

6

-3

Justin Grimm

6.5

10

-3.5

Adam Warren

9.5

14

-4.5

Kris Bryant

35.5

42.5

-7

Pedro Strop

9

16

-7

Jorge Soler

17

27

-10

Addison Russell

42

54

-12

Javier Baez

13

27

-14

Jason Heyward

24

43

-19

Dexter Fowler

20

41

-21