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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 128

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Three early runs allowed -- plus one early exit -- were all that was needed to send Jason Hammel to his second straight Billy Goat in the Cubs' 3-2 loss on Saturday.

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Gibson's homer is probably my favorite, but that might be recency bias talking.

Graphs for Game 128 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 128 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 128:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

R Zastryzny

3.2

1

0

0

0

3

0.53

.134

T Cahill

1

0

0

0

0

2

0.5

.036

T Wood

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.35

.025

J Hammel

2.1

5

1

3

0

1

1.04

-.276

Total

8

6

1

3

0

6

0.73

-.080

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Bryant

3

0

1

0

0

1

0

1.4

.077

D Fowler

2

1

1

0

0

2

1

0.92

.059

W Contreras

4

1

2

0

0

0

1

1.78

.053

J Heyward

1

0

1

0

1

0

0

2.12

.001

A Rizzo

4

0

2

0

1

0

1

1.7

-.024

R Zastryzny

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.1

-.027

B Zobrist

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.6

-.029

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.31

-.032

J Hammel

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.36

-.036

J Soler

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

1.36

-.095

A Russell

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.51

-.178

J Baez

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.74

-.189

Total

31

2

8

0

2

4

10

1.52

-.420

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 128: It was a lead that lasted for four pitches... with one out in the bottom of the first, Corey Seager hits Jason Hammel's fourth pitch of the inning just over the wall in center field to tie the game at 1-1.  WPA impact: -.115.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Rob Zastryzny (.134). Escaped the jam that he inherited in the third with no damage, and then proceeded to have three rather quiet innings of work after that. I'd call that a nice building block.
  • Hero - Kris Bryant (.077). The final two spots today were all about the table-setting as Bryant provided a couple of chances for his friends further down in the lineup with a walk and a single...
  • Sidekick - Dexter Fowler (.059). ...and Fowler did the same with two walks and a single.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jason Hammel (-.276 / -.312). He didn't have much to say about the early hook in this game, but one thing that he said was that he thought that most of the hits that he gave up found a hole (other than the double and the homer). On that part, he's correct; the three hits in the third other than the double were all singles that went through the infield, one in each direction. Not that it's any consolation to him in the end.
  • Goat - Javier Baez (-.189). And there were plenty of missed opportunities in this game, including three different chances for Baez with a runner on, one of those times being with a runner on third and one out...
  • Kid - Addison Russell (-.178). ...and Russell had three chances of his own, including one with two runners in scoring position that ended in a strikeout looking. Just one of those days.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 128: Bryant's quest for even ground continues as he finds himself now within one point of the zero mark on the chart, a mark he hasn't seen since the 11th game of the season.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

11

19.5

11

83

Addison Russell

11

11

13

68

Kris Bryant

8.5

11.5

13

61.5

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

14.5

36.5

Jason Hammel

8

2

5

33

Javier Baez

4

5

6

28

Jason Heyward

2

9

4

28

John Lackey

8

1

0

26

Miguel Montero

4.5

4

3.5

25

Jorge Soler

3

3

7

22

Travis Wood

4

3

2

20

Hector Rondon

2.5

3.5

5

19.5

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

Rob Zastryzny

2

0

0.5

6.5

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

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Jason Heyward

13

14

4.5

71.5

Addison Russell

11

12

13.5

70.5

Kris Bryant

10.5

10.5

10

62.5

Ben Zobrist

6.5

14.5

12

60.5

Anthony Rizzo

6

14

4.5

50.5

Dexter Fowler

10

7

6

50

Javier Baez

7

7

12.5

47.5

Jorge Soler

6

3

11

35

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

Jason Hammel

3

2

2

15

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

Chris Coghlan

1

1

1.5

6.5

Aroldis Chapman

2

0

0

6

Carl Edwards Jr.

1

1

1

6

Mike Montgomery

1

1

1

6

Clayton Richard

1

0

3

6

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

15

18

Tommy La Stella

17.5

10

7.5

John Lackey

26

19

7

Rob Zastryzny

6.5

0

6.5

Hector Rondon

19.5

14

5.5

Miguel Montero

25

22

3

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Travis Wood

20

19

1

Trevor Cahill

9.5

9

0.5

Felix Pena

0.5

0

0.5

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Spencer Patton

1.5

2

-0.5

Kris Bryant

61.5

62.5

-1

Carl Edwards Jr.

5

6

-1

Mike Montgomery

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

Jeimer Candelario

2

4

-2

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Addison Russell

68

70.5

-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

David Ross

14.5

19.5

-5

Matt Szczur

9

18.5

-9.5

Willson Contreras

14

25.5

-11.5

Pedro Strop

9

21

-12

Ben Zobrist

47.5

60.5

-13

Jorge Soler

22

35

-13

Dexter Fowler

36.5

50

-13.5

Javier Baez

28

47.5

-19.5

Jason Heyward

28

71.5

-43.5