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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 121

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A second consecutive strong start by Kyle Hendricks ends in a Cubs' loss when the bullpen fails behind him, this time with Aroldis Chapman delivering the final blow on Friday night.

That looks like it could be a bit painful.
That looks like it could be a bit painful.
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#HeEventuallyGotThere

Graphs for Game 121 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 121 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 121:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Hendricks

6

4

1

1

1

3

0.9

.284

R Zastryzny

1

2

0

0

1

1

3.24

.164

F Pena

1

0

0

0

0

2

2.01

.164

T Wood

1

2

0

2

1

1

1.03

-.142

C Edwards Jr.

1

1

0

1

0

0

2.85

-.238

A Chapman

0.1

2

0

1

0

0

3.95

-.755

Total

10

11

1

5

3

7

1.68

-.523

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

D Fowler

5

1

2

1

2

1

1

1.81

.405

D Ross

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

2.51

.051

A Rizzo

5

1

2

0

1

0

1

1.37

.022

K Hendricks

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

1.13

.007

M Montero

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.22

-.006

J Baez

3

1

0

0

0

1

2

1.39

-.017

W Contreras

5

1

2

0

0

0

1

1.04

-.023

B Zobrist

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

2.51

-.024

K Bryant

6

0

3

0

1

0

1

1.35

-.052

A Russell

5

1

1

1

2

0

2

1.61

-.060

J Soler

4

0

0

0

0

0

3

0.9

-.099

M Szczur

5

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.33

-.181

Total

42

6

12

2

6

3

12

1.41

.023

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 121: The final play of the game. With Nick Hundley on first and one out, Ryan Raburn lines a double off of the right-field wall that scores Hundley while an errant throw to the plate ends up in the Cubs' dugout, allowing Raburn to score from third and ending the game.  WPA impact: -.754.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Dexter Fowler (.405). It was definitely his run-scoring single in the 11th that got him here, but he wouldn't have made it without the help of his leadoff homer and a walk in the 10th.
  • Hero - Kyle Hendricks (.285 / .292). I'm just going to lift this straight from the Game 115 edition of Heroes and Goats because it was true for him there was well: He definitely deserved a better fate than the one that he was dealt in this game.
  • Sidekick (tie) - Felix Pena and Rob Zastryzny (.164). Both make their major-league debut and both end up on the final step thanks to scoreless innings in the ninth and 10th. Although Zastryzny's debut was much more eventful than Pena's was.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Aroldis Chapman (-.755). There's probably a case to be made for giving an assist on this one to either Javier Baez for the errant throw up the line or maybe to Willson Contreras for not making the stop on the errant throw (because he was almost there), but the throw doesn't matter without the runners being on base to start with, and that was all on Chapman.
  • Goat - Carl Edwards Jr. (-.238). Inherited two runners, had one score on a ground-rule double, and then had the other runners score on a groundout and a sacrifice fly. Three batters, three runs in. I guess that's efficiency of some sort.
  • Kid - Matt Szczur (-.181). The BABIP overlords definitely had his number in this one with two grounders gobbled up behind second base and a fly ball to left caught on a diving play by Gerardo Parra.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 121: Hendricks moves into third place on the chart, nudging himself ahead of Jake Arrieta by one-half of a point.

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

5

2

39

Dexter Fowler

3

5.5

13.5

33.5

Jason Hammel

8

2

5

33

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

Felix Pena

0

0

0.5

0.5

Rob Zastryzny

0

0

0.5

0.5

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

Matt Szczur

1.5

3.5

5

16.5

Adam Warren

4

2

0

16

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

Aroldis Chapman

2

0

0

6

Carl Edwards Jr.

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

Joe Smith

0

2

0

4

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

Kyle Hendricks

39

11

28

Jake Arrieta

39.5

12

27.5

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

Trevor Cahill

9.5

9

0.5

Felix Pena

0.5

0

0.5

Rob Zastryzny

0.5

0

0.5

Travis Wood

19

19

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Spencer Patton

1.5

2

-0.5

Carl Edwards Jr.

5

6

-1

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

Aroldis Chapman

3

6

-3

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

16.5

-7.5

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

Dexter Fowler

33.5

49

-15.5

Javier Baez

28

43.5

-15.5

Jason Heyward

26

65.5

-39.5