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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 116

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The bullpen goes kablooey for the second straight game, with Hector Rondon's implosion in his first game back after a 12-day layoff earning him top honors on the Goat podium in a landslide.

Probably not where Rondon wanted to leave that one...
Probably not where Rondon wanted to leave that one...
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Graphs for Game 116 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 115 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 116:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lackey

6.2

4

0

0

1

5

1.19

.288

J Grimm

0.1

0

0

0

0

1

1.13

.032

A Chapman

1

0

0

0

0

2

0.21

.016

T Wood

0.2

2

0

1

1

0

0.49

-.061

H Rondon

0.1

4

2

4

0

0

1.88

-.735

Total

9

10

2

5

2

8

1.11

-.460

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

4

1

3

1

3

0

0

1.17

.242

K Bryant

4

2

2

0

0

0

0

0.95

.083

J Baez

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.6

.025

C Coghlan

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.44

.002

J Lackey

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.35

-.018

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.63

-.023

J Soler

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.12

-.027

D Fowler

4

1

0

0

0

1

2

0.81

-.049

J Heyward

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.84

-.051

W Contreras

3

0

0

0

0

1

2

0.82

-.061

A Russell

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.8

-.080

B Zobrist

3

0

0

0

1

0

1

1.11

-.085

Total

34

4

8

1

4

2

10

0.84

-.040

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 Gonzalez Mishap of Game 116: With two on and nobody out in the top of the eighth, Hector Rondon leaves a fastball way up in the zone, allowing Stephen Piscotty to promptly launch it deep into the left-center-field bleachers and giving the Cardinals a 4-3 lead.  WPA impact: -.456.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - John Lackey (.288 / .270). Well, the good news is that he was smiling in the postgame presser after leaving with a stiff shoulder. Let's hope it's nothing more serious than, as he put it, "an old thing."
  • Hero - Anthony Rizzo (.242). Gave the right-field video board a knock with a homer in the eighth and had a couple of other successful run-scoring opportunities, thanks to...
  • Sidekick - Kris Bryant (.083). ...setting the table twice with a single and a triple. It's been a while since both Rizzo and Bryant were on the Hero podium at the same time; you have to go back to July 10 to find the last time that it happened.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Hector Rondon (-.735). It's the worst WPA thumping that he's taken in his career by a very long shot, smashing his previous worst of -.494 set back on June 23, 2014.
  • Goat - Ben Zobrist (-.085). Couldn't find the hit column on Sunday night, with his best chance being a hard grounder in the sixth that went right to Matt Carpenter at first.
  • Kid - Addison Russell (-.080). The BABIP overlords did not look down fondly upon him in this game, having a potential single snagged away from him on a nice diving stop by Jhonny Peralta and following it up with a deep fly to center that came up just short on the track in the sixth.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 116: Rizzo extends his lead at the top of the chart, putting himself three points clear of Jon Lester with his Sunday night performance.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

11

17.5

10

78

Addison Russell

11

10

11

64

Kris Bryant

6.5

7.5

13

47.5

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

4

2

37

Jason Hammel

7

2

5

30

Dexter Fowler

2

4.5

13.5

28.5

Javier Baez

4

5

5

27

John Lackey

8

1

0

26

Jason Heyward

2

8

4

26

Miguel Montero

4.5

4

2.5

24

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

11.5

66.5

Jason Heyward

11

13

4

63

Kris Bryant

9.5

10.5

9

58.5

Ben Zobrist

5.5

12.5

12

53.5

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

Hector Rondon

3

2

1

14

Matt Szczur

0.5

3.5

4

12.5

Jon Lester

3

1

1

12

Albert Almora Jr.

1

2

5

12

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

Carl Edwards Jr.

1

0

1

4

Mike Montgomery

1

0

1

4

Tim Federowicz

1

0

1

4

Jeimer Candelario

0

2

0

4

Joe Smith

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

Kyle Schwarber

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

78

44.5

33.5

Jon Lester

42.5

12

30.5

Jake Arrieta

39.5

10

29.5

Kyle Hendricks

37

11

26

Jason Hammel

30

9

21

Tommy La Stella

17.5

10

7.5

John Lackey

26

19

7

Hector Rondon

18.5

14

4.5

Miguel Montero

24

22

2

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Carl Edwards Jr.

5

4

1

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

Addison Russell

64

66.5

-2.5

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

Joe Smith

0

4

-4

Adam Warren

11.5

16

-4.5

Jorge Soler

21

28

-7

Willson Contreras

14

24.5

-10.5

Kris Bryant

47.5

58.5

-11

Ben Zobrist

41.5

53.5

-12

Pedro Strop

9

21

-12

Javier Baez

27

40.5

-13.5

Dexter Fowler

28.5

49

-20.5

Jason Heyward

26

63

-37