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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 126

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The Cubs sweep their way out of San Diego, with Ben Zobrist taking top Hero honors in the Cubs' 6-3 win in the series finale.

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That's a nice feeling.

Graphs for Game 126 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 126 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 126:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Hendricks

6

4

0

2

2

8

1.16

.111

A Chapman

1

1

0

0

0

3

0.87

.032

J Grimm

0.1

0

0

0

0

1

0.79

.022

T Cahill

1.2

1

0

1

1

2

0.32

.010

Total

9

6

0

3

3

14

0.96

.175

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

B Zobrist

4

2

2

0

2

0

0

0.88

.177

K Bryant

4

2

2

0

0

0

1

0.95

.164

A Russell

4

0

0

0

1

0

2

0.85

.067

D Fowler

5

1

1

0

0

0

2

0.42

.034

J Soler

3

0

2

0

1

0

0

0.9

.013

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.08

-.002

D Ross

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.15

-.004

K Hendricks

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.42

-.020

W Contreras

4

1

1

1

1

0

0

0.51

-.022

J Baez

4

0

1

0

0

0

3

0.65

-.037

J Heyward

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.52

-.046

Total

36

6

10

1

5

0

10

0.66

.325

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 126: For the second day in a row it's Ben Zobristthis time with a triple into the gap in right-center that scored Dexter Fowler and Kris Bryant, giving the Cubs the early 2-0 lead.  WPA impact: +.133.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Ben Zobrist (.177). If it seems like it's been a while since Zobrist was at the top of the Heroes, that's because it has. To be exact, it's been 48 games since the last time he's been here.
  • Hero - Kris Bryant (.164). The podium positions would have likely been reversed if Fowler had scored on Bryant's double in the first after hitting a double of his own just before Bryant's. Maybe there was a secret pact in place to get Zobrist back to the top of the podium...
  • Sidekick - Kyle Hendricks (.111 / .091). Then again, Hendricks would have had to have been in on it as well. You never know... there's always that good feeling with spreading the wealth, after all.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jason Heyward (-.046). Hey, when you're down this far, what's three more points?
  • Goat - Javier Baez (-.037). There was probably some karma at work here putting him on this step of the podium, because the role he played in...
  • Kid - Willson Contreras (-.022). ...landing on the final step, namely being the guy that got doubled up on Contreras' liner that went right to Luis Sardinas.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 126: Hendricks comes up just a bit short in his attempt to become the fourth member of the plus-30 club, while Bryant continues his slow but steady climb back toward even territory.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

11

19.5

11

83

Addison Russell

11

11

13

68

Kris Bryant

7.5

10.5

13

56.5

Jon Lester

13

3.5

2.5

48.5

Ben Zobrist

8

6

11.5

47.5

Jake Arrieta

12.5

2.5

0

42.5

Kyle Hendricks

9

5

3

40

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

Jason Heyward

13

14

4.5

71.5

Addison Russell

11

12

12.5

69.5

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

6

12.5

45.5

Jorge Soler

6

3

10

34

Willson Contreras

3.5

5.5

4

25.5

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

40

11

29

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

56.5

62.5

-6

Matt Szczur

9

18.5

-9.5

Ben Zobrist

47.5

57.5

-10

Willson Contreras

14

25.5

-11.5

Jorge Soler

22

34

-12

Pedro Strop

9

21

-12

Dexter Fowler

35.5

50

-14.5

Javier Baez

28

45.5

-17.5

Jason Heyward

26

71.5

-45.5