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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 122

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Mike Montgomery finds his way to the top of the Heroes for the first time thanks to his four-plus innings of one-hit ball in the Cubs' 9-2 win on Saturday night.

Don't let this shot fool you; the rest of the outing was very good.
Don't let this shot fool you; the rest of the outing was very good.
Russell Lansford/Getty Images

Just make sure you both grabbed the right cup.

Graphs for Game 122 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 122 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 122:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

M Montgomery

4.1

1

1

1

2

5

0.72

.209

T Cahill

4.2

4

0

1

1

4

0.36

.049

Total

9

5

1

2

3

9

0.51

.258

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

D Fowler

4

2

2

0

0

1

2

0.71

.134

M Montero

5

0

3

0

3

0

2

0.64

.114

K Bryant

5

2

2

1

4

0

1

0.67

.066

B Zobrist

5

3

3

1

2

0

0

0.51

.059

A Rizzo

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0.57

.027

M Montgomery

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.45

.013

J Baez

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.01

.000

T Cahill

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.13

-.004

M Szczur

5

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.31

-.033

A Russell

3

0

1

0

0

2

0

0.39

-.050

J Soler

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.51

-.082

Total

40

9

15

2

9

3

8

0.51

.242

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 122: With runners on second and third and two out in the fourth, Miguel Montero hits a seeing-eyed single past DJ LeMahieu, bringing both runners home and extending the Cubs' lead to 4-0.  WPA impact: +.126.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Mike Montgomery (.209 / .222). Just what the doctor ordered on a "bullpen day": four-plus solid innings of work from your bullpen starter. Not pictured on the podium is Trevor Cahill, primarily because of the 7-1 score when he entered the game. But kudos to him for another strong outing nonetheless.
  • Hero - Dexter Fowler (.134). There's definitely a fruit basket heading to Jeff Hoffman for this podium spot as Hoffman's errant throw to first on an attempted pickoff ended up giving Fowler more than one-third of his WPA score for the evening. Still, a 2-for-4 day with a walk is great to see regardless.
  • Sidekick - Miguel Montero (.114). All of the right grounders finding all of the right holes in the infield.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jorge Soler (-.082). A couple of missed opportunities with runners in scoring position, with a flyout to center in the fourth with runners on second and third cementing him to the top step.
  • Goat - Addison Russell (-.050). The storyline is almost identical for Russell, who had the same chance in the fourth but grounded out to third.
  • Kid - Matt Szczur (-.033). Nothing major on his day; he was on the final step by the time that the Cubs had a 7-1 lead, making his single in the sixth rather unnoticed by the WPA overlords.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 122: The top of the chart remains unchanged while Fowler and Soler come close to passing each other on the opposite side.

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

6.5

13.5

35.5

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

3.5

25

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

Mike Montgomery

1

1

0

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

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

12

12.5

69.5

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

6

3

10

34

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

Matt Szczur

1.5

3.5

6

17.5

David Ross

2

3

4.5

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

25

22

3

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Mike Montgomery

5

4

1

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

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

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

Addison Russell

65

69.5

-4.5

Adam Warren

11.5

16

-4.5

Matt Szczur

9

17.5

-8.5

Kris Bryant

52.5

61.5

-9

Ben Zobrist

43.5

53.5

-10

Willson Contreras

14

24.5

-10.5

Jorge Soler

22

34

-12

Pedro Strop

9

21

-12

Dexter Fowler

35.5

49

-13.5

Javier Baez

28

43.5

-15.5

Jason Heyward

26

65.5

-39.5