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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 120

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It was another monster day at the plate for Kris Bryant, with his second 5-for-5 of the season getting him to the top of the Heroes with ease in the Cubs' 9-6 win on Thursday.

This was a familiar sight on Thursday.  It could also be a "Caption This!" moment.
This was a familiar sight on Thursday. It could also be a "Caption This!" moment.
Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Some tweets just speak for themselves.

Graphs for Game 120 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 120 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 120:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Grimm

0.1

1

0

0

0

0

1.97

.034

A Chapman

1

1

0

0

0

2

0.63

.030

S Patton

2

1

0

1

3

0

1.49

-.001

J Arrieta

5.2

3

2

5

7

3

0.72

-.012

Total

9

6

2

6

10

5

0.93

.051

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Bryant

5

4

5

2

5

0

0

0.64

.297

A Rizzo

5

1

2

0

1

0

1

0.48

.115

A Russell

4

0

2

0

1

0

0

0.52

.079

M Szczur

4

2

2

0

0

1

0

0.53

.026

W Contreras

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0.34

.019

B Zobrist

4

1

0

0

1

1

1

0.49

-.003

D Fowler

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.34

-.008

J Baez

4

1

2

0

0

0

1

0.29

-.011

J Arrieta

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.35

-.027

J Soler

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.38

-.038

Total

38

9

14

2

9

2

6

0.46

.449

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 120: It's the first two-way tie for the Ramirez. The first goes to Kris Bryant for the first of his two homers in the game, a two-run shot to left to increase the Cubs' lead to 4-0. The second goes to Spencer Patton who, after walking two batters including one with the bases loaded, gets Scooter Gennett to ground out to second to end the threat in the sixth with the Cubs still leading 7-5. (It almost makes you wonder if Patton walked the guys on purpose just to get the Ramirez. Or maybe not.) WPA impact: +.106.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Kris Bryant (.297). He becomes only the second player this season to have two 5-for-5 games. The other one, you ask? It's Yunel Escobar of the Angels, who had his 5-for-5 games on July 26 and August 17. Even more interesting, Escobar pulled off the feat three times in 2015.
  • Hero - Anthony Rizzo (.115). Team Bryzzo was at it again, with Rizzo's two doubles getting him to the second step.
  • Sidekick - Addison Russell (.079). Also made his early plate appearances count with two singles including a very long one all the way to the ivy in the third.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jorge Soler (-.038). Got caught looking a couple of times in his 0-for-4 day.
  • Goat - Jake Arrieta (-.012 / -.039). Yes, his hitting would put him on the top step. Feel free to put him there on your scorecards if you wish, but as I've said all along, I won't penalize pitchers for not hitting. At least not until the collective batting average for pitchers gets to be a number well higher than .131. Like at least 100 points higher.
  • Kid - Javier Baez (-.011). He had the same 2-for-4 day that Russell had, except his two hits came in his last two at-bats instead of his first two. It's all about the timing.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 120: Rizzo closes the gap at the top to two points while Arrieta slips back a bit but still holds onto third place.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

11

18.5

10

80

Addison Russell

11

10

12

65

Kris Bryant

7.5

8.5

13

52.5

Jon Lester

12

3.5

2.5

45.5

Ben Zobrist

7

6

10.5

43.5

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

7

22

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

4.5

65.5

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

6

13

4.5

48.5

Javier Baez

7

5

12.5

43.5

Jorge Soler

5

3

10

31

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

5

19

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

Jake Arrieta

3

1

1

12

Jon Lester

3

1

1

12

Albert Almora Jr.

1

2

5

12

Kyle Hendricks

2

2

1

11

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

+/-

Jon Lester

45.5

12

33.5

Anthony Rizzo

80

48.5

31.5

Jake Arrieta

39.5

12

27.5

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

Trevor Cahill

9.5

9

0.5

Travis Wood

19

19

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

David Ross

14.5

16.5

-2

Jeimer Candelario

2

4

-2

Mike Montgomery

2

4

-2

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Addison Russell

65

67.5

-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

Joe Smith

0

4

-4

Adam Warren

11.5

16

-4.5

Matt Szczur

9

15.5

-6.5

Kris Bryant

52.5

61.5

-9

Jorge Soler

22

31

-9

Ben Zobrist

43.5

53.5

-10

Willson Contreras

14

24.5

-10.5

Pedro Strop

9

21

-12

Javier Baez

28

43.5

-15.5

Dexter Fowler

30.5

49

-18.5

Jason Heyward

26

65.5

-39.5