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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 125

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While the ninth inning may have gotten a bit more exciting than it needed to be, it was the eight innings of two-hit ball that preceded it that gave Jake Arrieta his 13th appearance on the top step of the Heroes in the Cubs' 5-3 win on Tuesday.

"Objects hurtling toward you are smaller than they appear."
"Objects hurtling toward you are smaller than they appear."
Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

True story.

Graphs for Game 125 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 125 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 125:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Arrieta

8

2

0

0

3

6

0.74

.285

A Chapman

0.2

0

0

0

2

1

1.51

.040

F Pena

0.1

2

0

3

1

1

0.45

-.034

Total

9

4

0

3

6

8

0.85

.290

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Bryant

2

2

1

1

2

2

0

0.55

.199

B Zobrist

5

1

3

0

1

0

0

0.49

.163

A Russell

5

1

2

1

2

0

0

0.69

.109

W Contreras

3

0

2

0

0

1

0

0.26

.046

J Baez

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.43

-.042

J Arrieta

4

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.66

-.043

D Fowler

4

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.62

-.066

A Rizzo

5

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.68

-.077

J Heyward

5

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.62

-.080

Total

37

5

10

2

5

4

4

0.56

.210

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 125: By a nose... with one out and one in in the top of the fifth, Ben Zobrist hits a double into the gap in right-center, scoring Kris Bryant from first base and extending the Cubs' lead to 2-0.  WPA impact: +.133.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Jake Arrieta (.285 / .242). Believe it or not, his outing on Tuesday was his second-best this season by Game Score standards at 81, second only to his no-hitter back on April 21. It's also the fourth time this season that he's pitched at least eight scoreless innings in a game, breaking what had been a five-way tie at three with Chris Sale, David Price, Clayton Kershaw, and Johnny Cueto.
  • Hero - Kris Bryant (.199). Barely came in second for the Ramirez with his homer registering at +.132. But between that homer and the walks that he wrapped around it, he never lost grip on the second step in this one.
  • Sidekick - Ben Zobrist (.163). It was definitely his double in the fifth that landed him here, with the other two hits on the night helping to provide some additional boost.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jason Heyward (-.080). And with this podium appearance, the minus-40 club is unfortunately open for business.
  • Goat - Anthony Rizzo (-.077). It's only his second 0-for-5 game all season; his first came back on May 21 against the Giants.
  • Kid - Dexter Fowler (-.066). Also couldn't find his way into the hit column, but he did record a walk, so it wasn't all bad.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 125: Arrieta moves back to the other side of the velvet rope, giving the plus-30 club three members once again.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

11

19.5

11

83

Addison Russell

11

11

13

68

Kris Bryant

7.5

9.5

13

54.5

Jon Lester

13

3.5

2.5

48.5

Ben Zobrist

7

6

11.5

44.5

Jake Arrieta

12.5

2.5

0

42.5

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

12

14

4.5

68.5

Kris Bryant

10.5

10.5

10

62.5

Ben Zobrist

5.5

14.5

12

57.5

Anthony Rizzo

6

14

4.5

50.5

Dexter Fowler

10

7

6

50

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

David Ross

3

3

4.5

19.5

John Lackey

5

1

2

19

Travis Wood

4

1

5

19

Matt Szczur

1.5

3.5

7

18.5

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

+/-

Jon Lester

48.5

12

36.5

Anthony Rizzo

83

50.5

32.5

Jake Arrieta

42.5

12

30.5

Kyle Hendricks

39

11

28

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

Addison Russell

68

69.5

-1.5

Chris Coghlan

5

6.5

-1.5

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

Adam Warren

11.5

16

-4.5

David Ross

14.5

19.5

-5

Kris Bryant

54.5

62.5

-8

Matt Szczur

9

18.5

-9.5

Willson Contreras

14

24.5

-10.5

Jorge Soler

22

34

-12

Pedro Strop

9

21

-12

Ben Zobrist

44.5

57.5

-13

Dexter Fowler

35.5

50

-14.5

Javier Baez

28

43.5

-15.5

Jason Heyward

26

68.5

-42.5