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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 104

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In one of the craziest games of the season so far, a wild pitch from Steve Cishek sends Addison Russell to the top of the Heroes on Sunday night... and allows another near-impossible scenario to finally emerge.

Probably not the way you expected to earn a Superhero, was it, Addy?
Probably not the way you expected to earn a Superhero, was it, Addy?
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You probably already know what that near-impossible scenario is, but I won't spoil it here just in case. Instead, here's another sighting that shouldn't be normal but is becoming more normal as the year goes on...

Graphs for Game 104 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 104 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 104:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

H Rondon

2

0

0

0

0

1

1.76

.263

A Chapman

1

0

0

0

0

1

1.76

.131

T Wood

1.1

0

0

0

1

2

0.47

.056

P Strop

1.2

2

0

0

0

1

0.23

.017

C Edwards Jr.

2

0

0

0

0

5

0.09

.013

M Montgomery

1

2

0

0

0

2

0.13

.007

J Nathan

0

1

0

0

1

0

0.31

-.036

B Matusz

3

6

3

6

2

2

0.74

-.354

Total

12

11

3

6

4

14

0.67

.097

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Russell

5

1

1

0

2

0

3

2.34

.514

J Lester

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

4.81

.176

J Heyward

5

1

1

0

0

0

1

1.95

.100

B Zobrist

5

1

3

0

2

1

1

1.19

.067

D Fowler

3

2

1

0

0

2

1

0.81

.056

C Coghlan

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.35

-.003

K Bryant

4

0

0

0

0

2

3

1.05

-.004

T Wood

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.23

-.006

J Hammel

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.39

-.010

M Montero

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.61

-.014

D Ross

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.74

-.042

M Szczur

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

2.55

-.051

J Baez

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

2.45

-.115

W Contreras

6

0

1

0

1

0

1

2.02

-.119

A Rizzo

6

1

1

0

0

0

2

1.24

-.147

Total

45

7

9

0

6

6

16

1.54

.403

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 104: With one strike left to go in the bottom of the ninth and runners on the corners, Steve Cishek uncorks a massively wild pitch that caroms off of the backstop, allowing Addison Russell to score from third base to tie the game at 6-6. WPA impact: +.411.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Addison Russell (.514). I just checked outside; they're still loading the fruit basket onto the truck for Cishek. I think it was actually too big for one truck, which would explain why there was a second truck lined up behind it out there.
  • Hero - Hector Rondon (.263). The final arm remaining in the bullpen, and he put up two strong innings to keep the Cubs' chances alive.
  • Sidekick - Jon Lester (.176). And here it is... the scenario that I didn't think would ever play out. A pitcher comes up as a pinch-hitter and makes the podium by winning the game with a squeeze bunt. There's another one that you can cross off of your list, folks. What a crazy night.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Brian Matusz (-.354). It's the 2016 version of Donn RoachWithout the hitting prowess.
  • Goat - Anthony Rizzo (-.147). Left seven runners on base in this one and the only thing that kept his WPA from being a lot worse was the fact that a majority of them occurred while the score was still 6-0.
  • Kid - Willson Contreras (-.119). You do have to give him credit, though, for beating out what looked like a sure double play to end the game as well as for his sliding catch in foul territory in the 11th.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 104: The lead on the plus/minus chart changes hands as Lester moves in front while Rizzo continues to slide slowly back.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

10

15.5

9

70

Addison Russell

10

10

8

58

Kris Bryant

5.5

6.5

12

41.5

Jon Lester

11

3

2

41

Ben Zobrist

7

3

9.5

36.5

Jake Arrieta

10.5

1.5

0

34.5

Kyle Hendricks

7

3

2

29

Javier Baez

4

5

5

27

Jason Heyward

2

8

4

26

Jason Hammel

5

2

5

24

Miguel Montero

4.5

4

2.5

24

Dexter Fowler

2

3

11

23

John Lackey

6

1

0

20

Travis Wood

4

3

1

19

Hector Rondon

2.5

3.5

4

18.5

Tommy La Stella

2

4

3.5

17.5

Jorge Soler

2

3

5

17

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

Chris Coghlan

0

2

1

5

Carl Edwards Jr.

0

1

1

3

Clayton Richard

0

1

1

3

Aroldis Chapman

0

1

0

2

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

11

11

9

64

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

13

2.5

43.5

Javier Baez

5

4

9

32

Jorge Soler

4

3

9

27

Willson Contreras

2.5

5.5

3

21.5

Miguel Montero

3

4

3

20

John Lackey

5

1

1

18

Adam Warren

4

2

0

16

Pedro Strop

3

3

1

16

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

David Ross

1

2

4.5

11.5

Hector Rondon

2

2

1

11

Kyle Hendricks

2

2

1

11

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

Mike Montgomery

1

0

1

4

Tim Federowicz

1

0

1

4

Jeimer Candelario

0

2

0

4

Aroldis Chapman

1

0

0

3

Brian Matusz

1

0

0

3

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

41

12

29

Anthony Rizzo

70

43.5

26.5

Jake Arrieta

34.5

10

24.5

Kyle Hendricks

29

11

18

Jason Hammel

24

9

15

Hector Rondon

18.5

11

7.5

Tommy La Stella

17.5

10

7.5

Travis Wood

19

14

5

Miguel Montero

24

20

4

John Lackey

20

18

2

David Ross

13.5

11.5

2

Carl Edwards Jr.

3

1

2

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Spencer Patton

1.5

2

-0.5

Chris Coghlan

5

6

-1

Aroldis Chapman

2

3

-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

Clayton Richard

3

6

-3

Brian Matusz

0

3

-3

Justin Grimm

6.5

10

-3.5

Albert Almora Jr.

8

12

-4

Mike Montgomery

0

4

-4

Adam Warren

11.5

16

-4.5

Javier Baez

27

32

-5

Addison Russell

58

64

-6

Kris Bryant

41.5

47.5

-6

Matt Szczur

6

12.5

-6.5

Pedro Strop

9

16

-7

Ben Zobrist

36.5

45.5

-9

Willson Contreras

12

21.5

-9.5

Jorge Soler

17

27

-10

Dexter Fowler

23

46

-23

Jason Heyward

26

55

-29