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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 123

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The run of scoreless starts came to an abrupt halt for Jason Hammel as he was pummeled for 10 runs, six earned, on Sunday to give him the Billy Goat in the Cubs' 11-4 loss.

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It wasn't all bad news on Sunday, though.

Graphs for Game 123 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 123 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 123:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

R Zastryzny

2.2

2

0

0

1

5

0.01

.003

S Patton

2

2

1

1

0

3

0

.000

J Hammel

3.1

10

2

6

2

2

0.48

-.384

Total

8

14

3

7

3

10

0.27

-.381

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

4

1

2

0

0

0

1

0.22

.001

J Soler

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0.01

.000

A Russell

3

2

2

2

2

0

0

0.11

.000

T Wood

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.01

.000

R Zastryzny

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.08

-.002

J Hammel

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.12

-.003

W Contreras

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.07

-.008

M Szczur

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.09

-.008

D Fowler

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.31

-.013

J Baez

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.16

-.013

K Bryant

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.3

-.031

B Zobrist

4

0

1

0

1

0

2

0.27

-.042

Total

32

4

7

2

4

1

6

0.18

-.119

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 123: With one out and runners on the corners in the bottom of the first, Nolan Arenado belts a homer to left that stays just on the fair side of the pole to give the Rockies an early 3-0 lead.  WPA impact: -.161.

THE THREE HEROES (If you can call this podium such a thing):

  • Superhero - Rob Zastryzny (.003). It's the new low-water mark this season for the top step of the Hero podium, easily clearing the .012 mark set by Willson Contreras back on June 22.
  • Hero - Anthony Rizzo (.001). Regardless of how his day went in the field, I think he has to get at least a few style points for helping to facilitate a 25-foot "sacrifice fly" foulout.
  • Sidekick - Addison Russell (.000). This was a very easy executive-decision vote as there was a four-way tie at zero for the final spot. It's been 12 years since a Cub had two homers in a game and ended up with a WPA of zero or lower; the last Cub to do it was Sammy Sosa on April 18, 2004.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jason Hammel (-.384 / -.387). Amazingly enough this game doesn't register as his worst by Game Score standards this season; that honor still goes to the five-homer barrage that he suffered against the Mets on July 1.
  • Goat - Ben Zobrist (-.042). Even in a 7-0 game the WPA overlords relish penalizing the 6-4-3.
  • Kid - Kris Bryant (-.031). Some days it doesn't pay to hit second in the lineup.  At least not if you don't get a hit in your first plate appearance.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 123: Rizzo moves back into a tie at the top of the chart while Hammel slips a bit further back in fifth but still well ahead of the rest of the field.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

11

19.5

10

82

Addison Russell

11

10

13

66

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

Rob Zastryzny

1

0

0.5

3.5

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

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

10

62.5

Ben Zobrist

5.5

13.5

12

55.5

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

Jason Hammel

2

2

2

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

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

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

82

48.5

33.5

Jon Lester

45.5

12

33.5

Kyle Hendricks

39

11

28

Jake Arrieta

39.5

12

27.5

Jason Hammel

33

12

21

Tommy La Stella

17.5

10

7.5

John Lackey

26

19

7

Hector Rondon

19.5

14

5.5

Rob Zastryzny

3.5

0

3.5

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

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

Addison Russell

66

69.5

-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

17.5

-8.5

Kris Bryant

52.5

62.5

-10

Willson Contreras

14

24.5

-10.5

Ben Zobrist

43.5

55.5

-12

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