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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 114

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The Cubs won their 11th game in a row in early blowout fashion. The end result for the podiums was... well... quite a bit of chaos.

"Uh, Matt... we've got some bad news, dude."
"Uh, Matt... we've got some bad news, dude."
Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

If you'll excuse me, I'm going to lock my doors and bar my windows. But not before some Bryzzo to serve as a distraction.

Graphs for Game 114 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 114 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 114:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Arrieta

5.2

4

1

1

2

6

0.51

.120

J Grimm

1.1

0

0

0

0

1

0.1

.008

J Smith

1

1

1

1

0

1

0

.000

T Wood

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

.000

Total

9

6

2

2

3

8

0.34

.128

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Bryant

5

2

3

0

2

0

1

0.43

.177

A Russell

4

1

1

0

1

1

1

0.39

.099

M Szczur

4

4

3

2

3

0

1

0.29

.081

J Soler

4

2

2

1

2

1

0

0.45

.039

W Contreras

5

2

2

1

3

0

2

0.34

.028

M Montero

4

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.29

.006

A Rizzo

4

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.35

.005

C Coghlan

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

J Arrieta

3

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.24

-.015

J Baez

5

1

2

1

2

0

0

0.41

-.048

Total

38

13

14

5

13

4

7

0.35

.372

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 114: After a double to start the game by Matt Szczur, Kris Bryant follows it up with a double of his own to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead two batters into the game.  WPA impact: +.095.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Kris Bryant (.177). For once this season, he's finally the benefactor of getting two early hits and driving in two early runs before the game got completely out of control. See, karma does have a way of bringing everything back around.
  • Hero - Jake Arrieta (.120 / .105). By the time he escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fourth inning, there wasn't much left that he was doing that moved the needle one way or the other. Remember the -.015 hitting of his for the day, though... it's going to be pivotal just a bit down the road.
  • Sidekick - Addison Russell (.099). I know, I know, you don't even have to say it... I can hear it from the angry mob already. Matt Szczur went 3-for-4, hit two homers, drove in three runs, scored four times, and got completely hosed by the WPA overlords because he got plunked in his second plate appearance (WPA impact +.017) and then nothing else mattered from that point on. I strongly urge you to send your mountains of hate mail in the overlords' general direction, which is somewhere over that-a-way. And please make sure that you vote for Szczur as many times as you can in the Cuyler poll to make your voice heard even louder. You'll get absolutely no argument from me on this one; heck, I'll even break normal protocol of putting the three Heroes in the Cuyler poll first by putting Szczur at the top of the list. Travesties of justice must be rectified.

THE THREE GOATS: And if the Hero podium wasn't interesting enough, the Goat podium has its own conundrums.

  • Billy Goat - Javier Baez (-.048). Well, except for this one. His entire WPA came from his groundout to third with the bases loaded to end the first. Now, here's where things get... well... even more quizzical.
  • Goat - Joe Smith (.000). As you can see, he's on the second spot of the podium... with a WPA of zero. That's just the first interesting part, because if you look a bit below...
  • Kid (tie) - You'll see that it says "tie" to the left over there, and I haven't yet mentioned who's in the tie or what their score is. As it turns out, as a result of Arrieta's aforementioned -.015 hitting being included in his slash line above, there are three Cubs all tied at zero here thanks to the wonders of the blowout. It's the first three-way two-podium-step executive decision vote that I think I've ever had.

    So, how to solve this dilemma? Well, Smith was an easy vote for the second step because he gave up a homer to Jedd Gyorko, and in any situation that wasn't a blowout that would be enough to put him on the higher rung. That leaves the other two guys tied at zero: Chris Coghlan and Travis Wood. Coghlan came in as a pinch-hitter, got plunked, and scored a run. Wood pitched the ninth inning and didn't give up a run, although he did allow two Cardinals to reach base. Since they both had some form of positive contribution to the end result, I'm just going to put them both in the final spot because to me it's too tough to determine whose zero was more productive. When all else fails, just remember the Golden Rule from "Whose Line Is It Anyway": The game's made up and the points don't matter. Even if you're a charter member of either the Chris Coghlan or Travis Wood Fan Clubs.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 114: After all of the podium dust settles, Arrieta tightens the race for the top three chart positions, with those spots now separated by only two points.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

11

16.5

10

76

Addison Russell

10

10

11

61

Kris Bryant

6.5

7.5

12

46.5

Jon Lester

11

3.5

2.5

42.5

Ben Zobrist

7

5

10.5

41.5

Jake Arrieta

11.5

2.5

0

39.5

Kyle Hendricks

9

3

2

35

Jason Hammel

7

2

5

30

Dexter Fowler

2

4.5

12.5

27.5

Javier Baez

4

5

5

27

Jason Heyward

2

8

4

26

Miguel Montero

4.5

4

2.5

24

John Lackey

7

1

0

23

Jorge Soler

3

3

6

21

Travis Wood

4

3

1

19

Hector Rondon

2.5

3.5

4

18.5

Tommy La Stella

2

4

3.5

17.5

David Ross

2

3

2.5

14.5

Willson Contreras

3

1

3

14

Adam Warren

1

3.5

1.5

11.5

Matt Szczur

1

2

2

9

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

Carl Edwards Jr.

0

2

1

5

Chris Coghlan

0

2

1

5

Aroldis Chapman

0

1

1

3

Clayton Richard

0

1

1

3

Jeimer Candelario

0

1

0

2

Joel Peralta

0

1

0

2

Mike Montgomery

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

10.5

65.5

Jason Heyward

11

13

4

63

Kris Bryant

9.5

10.5

8

57.5

Ben Zobrist

5.5

11.5

12

51.5

Dexter Fowler

10

7

5

49

Anthony Rizzo

5

13

3.5

44.5

Javier Baez

7

4

11.5

40.5

Jorge Soler

4

3

10

28

Willson Contreras

3.5

5.5

3

24.5

Miguel Montero

3

5

3

22

Pedro Strop

4

4

1

21

John Lackey

5

1

2

19

Travis Wood

4

1

4.5

18.5

Adam Warren

4

2

0

16

David Ross

2

2

4.5

14.5

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

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

1.5

6.5

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

Joe Smith

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

76

44.5

31.5

Jon Lester

42.5

12

30.5

Jake Arrieta

39.5

10

29.5

Kyle Hendricks

35

11

24

Jason Hammel

30

9

21

Hector Rondon

18.5

11

7.5

Tommy La Stella

17.5

10

7.5

John Lackey

23

19

4

Carl Edwards Jr.

5

1

4

Miguel Montero

24

22

2

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Travis Wood

19

18.5

0.5

David Ross

14.5

14.5

0

Aroldis Chapman

3

3

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

Chris Coghlan

5

6.5

-1.5

Jeimer Candelario

2

4

-2

Mike Montgomery

2

4

-2

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Joe Smith

0

2

-2

Trevor Cahill

6.5

9

-2.5

Clayton Richard

3

6

-3

Brian Matusz

0

3

-3

Matt Szczur

9

12.5

-3.5

Justin Grimm

6.5

10

-3.5

Albert Almora Jr.

8

12

-4

Addison Russell

61

65.5

-4.5

Adam Warren

11.5

16

-4.5

Jorge Soler

21

28

-7

Ben Zobrist

41.5

51.5

-10

Willson Contreras

14

24.5

-10.5

Kris Bryant

46.5

57.5

-11

Pedro Strop

9

21

-12

Javier Baez

27

40.5

-13.5

Dexter Fowler

27.5

49

-21.5

Jason Heyward

26

63

-37