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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 118

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Jason Hammel combines a two-hit peformance over seven innings with a 2-for-3 night at the plate to cruise to the top of the Hero podium as the Cubs complete the doubleheader sweep with a 4-1 win in the nightcap.

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Graphs for Game 118 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 118 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 118:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Hammel

7

2

0

0

3

7

0.9

.384

J Grimm

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.58

.021

A Chapman

0.1

1

0

0

1

1

1.26

.011

T Wood

0.2

2

1

1

0

0

0.16

.002

Total

9

6

1

1

4

9

0.83

.418

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Bryant

3

0

2

0

1

1

0

0.77

.146

J Baez

4

1

2

1

2

0

0

0.9

.111

J Hammel

3

0

2

0

0

0

0

0.75

.096

J Soler

2

0

0

0

0

2

1

0.86

.026

B Zobrist

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0.95

.026

W Contreras

3

1

1

0

1

1

0

0.79

.011

D Fowler

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.04

-.001

A Rizzo

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.95

-.093

D Ross

3

1

0

0

0

1

2

0.8

-.110

M Szczur

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.06

-.130

Total

31

4

10

1

4

5

3

0.85

.082

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 118: With two on and two out in the bottom of the third, Kris Bryant rips a single into left field that scores David Ross and gives the Cubs a 1-0 lead.  WPA impact: +.089.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Jason Hammel (.384 / .480). Just one start after posting his season-best Game Score (73 on August 10), he breaks it with a 77 in this one. And then there was his ground-rule double into the ivy in the fifth just to make his slash line look cool.
  • Hero - Kris Bryant (.146). He's been quite active on the podiums lately, making it onto one or the other in each of the past five games (three Heroes, two Goats).
  • Sidekick - Javier Baez (.111). Had he gotten a little less loft on his homer in the sixth, it could have made a nice dent on the board in left.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Matt Szczur (-.130). Had a couple of opportunities earlier in the game but couldn't come through. Also played a role in the fate of the final Goat podium step when he was tagged out at the plate on an extremely close play in the fifth.
  • Goat - David Ross (-.110). The uncommon 5-3 double play rears its head and takes Ross down with it.
  • Kid - Anthony Rizzo (-.093). It doesn't really matter what he did (or didn't do) at the plate; the bank of style points is completely drained -- they're probably going to add a second building to stock more up -- after that catch he made on the first-base ledge in the fifth.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 118: The race in the top five chart positions tightens up, while the bottom of the chart gets perilously close to welcoming a minus-40 member.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

11

17.5

10

78

Addison Russell

11

10

11

64

Kris Bryant

6.5

8.5

13

49.5

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

8

2

5

33

Dexter Fowler

2

5.5

13.5

30.5

Javier Baez

4

5

6

28

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

Hector Rondon

2.5

3.5

5

19.5

Travis Wood

4

3

1

19

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

Trevor Cahill

1

3

0.5

9.5

Matt Szczur

1

2

2

9

Pedro Strop

1

2

2

9

Albert Almora Jr.

2

1

0

8

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

12.5

67.5

Jason Heyward

11

14

4

65

Kris Bryant

10.5

10.5

9

61.5

Ben Zobrist

5.5

12.5

12

53.5

Dexter Fowler

10

7

5

49

Anthony Rizzo

5

13

4.5

45.5

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

David Ross

2

3

4.5

16.5

Adam Warren

4

2

0

16

Matt Szczur

1.5

3.5

4

15.5

Hector Rondon

3

2

1

14

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

45.5

32.5

Jon Lester

42.5

12

30.5

Jake Arrieta

39.5

10

29.5

Kyle Hendricks

37

11

26

Jason Hammel

33

9

24

Tommy La Stella

17.5

10

7.5

John Lackey

26

19

7

Hector Rondon

19.5

14

5.5

Miguel Montero

24

22

2

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Carl Edwards Jr.

5

4

1

Travis Wood

19

18.5

0.5

Trevor Cahill

9.5

9

0.5

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

David Ross

14.5

16.5

-2

Jeimer Candelario

2

4

-2

Mike Montgomery

2

4

-2

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Clayton Richard

3

6

-3

Brian Matusz

0

3

-3

Addison Russell

64

67.5

-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

Matt Szczur

9

15.5

-6.5

Jorge Soler

21

28

-7

Willson Contreras

14

24.5

-10.5

Kris Bryant

49.5

61.5

-12

Ben Zobrist

41.5

53.5

-12

Pedro Strop

9

21

-12

Javier Baez

28

40.5

-12.5

Dexter Fowler

30.5

49

-18.5

Jason Heyward

26

65

-39