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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 106

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Strong pitching ruled the day once again on Tuesday as Jason Hammel's six innings of shutout ball took him to the top of the Hero podium in the Cubs' 3-2 win.

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A note to all of the readers out there: Heroes and Goats will be going on another short hiatus for the next few days as I will be heading to Indianapolis later today for the gaming spectacle known as Gen Con 2016.  I've always been an avid gamer, and hopefully the next four days will be as fun and exciting -- if not completely overwhelming -- as I'm expecting that they will be. The next installment of Heroes and Goats will be on Monday morning, August 8, recapping the final game of the series against the Marlins and the three upcoming games against the Athletics.

Graphs for Game 106 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 106 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 106:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Hammel

6

4

0

0

2

3

0.92

.310

A Chapman

1

0

0

0

0

1

2.08

.155

H Rondon

1

2

0

0

0

1

1.93

.117

T Wood

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

3.3

.083

P Strop

0.2

3

0

0

0

2

2.61

-.190

Total

9

9

0

0

2

7

1.47

.476

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

D Fowler

4

2

3

0

1

0

0

0.8

.183

W Contreras

3

0

2

0

1

1

0

0.77

.079

A Russell

3

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.41

.021

M Szczur

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.27

.007

C Coghlan

3

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.74

.000

A Rizzo

2

0

0

0

0

2

1

1

-.004

M Montero

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.53

-.013

J Heyward

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.49

-.031

J Hammel

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.78

-.041

J Baez

4

0

0

0

0

0

3

0.63

-.073

B Zobrist

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.83

-.103

Total

31

3

9

0

2

3

10

0.7

.024

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 106: With one out in the top of the eighth, Hector Rondon catches Dee Gordon one step too far from first base and picks him off on a bang-bang play. WPA impact: +.099.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Jason Hammel (.310 / .269). As you can see, I've included a "split line" for starting pitchers where the second number represents their WPA with hitting included. As for Hammel's night on the mound, once he got out of the bases-loaded jam in the first it was pretty smooth sailing for the next five innings.
  • Hero - Dexter Fowler (.183). Got the Cubs started off on the right foot with his leadoff triple, then tacked on a couple more hits to make sure the second podium spot was his.
  • Sidekick - Aroldis Chapman (.155). Sealed the deal with a couple of very nice defensive plays behind him. That and a 103-mile-per-hour strikeout.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Pedro Strop (-.190). His two-thirds of an inning of work was much more exciting than it needed to be, including a single on a sawed-off bat, a single that deflected off of him, and a ball thrown away on what was likely to be a 1-4-3 double play.
  • Goat - Ben Zobrist (-.103). The final two spots go to the two 0-for-4's on the night, with Zobrist leading the charge thanks to his 6-4-3 and bases-loaded strikeout...
  • Kid - Javier Baez (-.073). ...and Baez taking the final spot with his three strikeouts with runners on. But he still had more slick plays with the glove at third, so it wasn't all bad.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 106: Hammel does his best to keep pace with the rest of the rotation, finding himself two points shy of becoming the fourth member to join the plus-20 club.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

10

16.5

9

72

Addison Russell

10

10

9

59

Kris Bryant

5.5

6.5

12

41.5

Jon Lester

11

3

2

41

Ben Zobrist

7

3

9.5

36.5

Jake Arrieta

10.5

1.5

0

34.5

Kyle Hendricks

8

3

2

32

Jason Hammel

6

2

5

27

Javier Baez

4

5

5

27

Jason Heyward

2

8

4

26

Dexter Fowler

2

4

11

25

Miguel Montero

4.5

4

2.5

24

John Lackey

6

1

0

20

Travis Wood

4

3

1

19

Hector Rondon

2.5

3.5

4

18.5

Tommy La Stella

2

4

3.5

17.5

Jorge Soler

2

3

5

17

David Ross

2

3

1.5

13.5

Willson Contreras

3

0

3

12

Adam Warren

1

3.5

1.5

11.5

Pedro Strop

1

2

2

9

Albert Almora Jr.

2

1

0

8

Trevor Cahill

0

3

0.5

6.5

Justin Grimm

0

1.5

3.5

6.5

Matt Szczur

0

2

2

6

Chris Coghlan

0

2

1

5

Aroldis Chapman

0

1

1

3

Carl Edwards Jr.

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

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Addison Russell

11

11

9

64

Jason Heyward

10

11

4

56

Kris Bryant

7.5

9.5

8

49.5

Ben Zobrist

5.5

9.5

12

47.5

Dexter Fowler

9

7

5

46

Anthony Rizzo

5

13

2.5

43.5

Javier Baez

6

4

10

36

Jorge Soler

4

3

9

27

Willson Contreras

2.5

5.5

3

21.5

Miguel Montero

3

4

3

20

Pedro Strop

4

3

1

19

John Lackey

5

1

1

18

Adam Warren

4

2

0

16

Travis Wood

3

1

3

14

Matt Szczur

0.5

3.5

4

12.5

Jon Lester

3

1

1

12

Albert Almora Jr.

1

2

5

12

David Ross

1

2

4.5

11.5

Hector Rondon

2

2

1

11

Kyle Hendricks

2

2

1

11

Jake Arrieta

3

0

1

10

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

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

Aroldis Chapman

1

0

0

3

Brian Matusz

1

0

0

3

Joel Peralta

1

0

0

3

Gerardo Concepcion

0

1

0

2

Spencer Patton

0

1

0

2

Carl Edwards Jr.

0

0

1

1

Kyle Schwarber

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Jon Lester

41

12

29

Anthony Rizzo

72

43.5

28.5

Jake Arrieta

34.5

10

24.5

Kyle Hendricks

32

11

21

Jason Hammel

27

9

18

Hector Rondon

18.5

11

7.5

Tommy La Stella

17.5

10

7.5

Travis Wood

19

14

5

Miguel Montero

24

20

4

John Lackey

20

18

2

David Ross

13.5

11.5

2

Carl Edwards Jr.

3

1

2

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Aroldis Chapman

3

3

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Spencer Patton

1.5

2

-0.5

Chris Coghlan

5

6

-1

Joel Peralta

2

3

-1

Gerardo Concepcion

1

2

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Jeimer Candelario

2

4

-2

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Trevor Cahill

6.5

9

-2.5

Clayton Richard

3

6

-3

Brian Matusz

0

3

-3

Justin Grimm

6.5

10

-3.5

Albert Almora Jr.

8

12

-4

Mike Montgomery

0

4

-4

Adam Warren

11.5

16

-4.5

Addison Russell

59

64

-5

Matt Szczur

6

12.5

-6.5

Kris Bryant

41.5

49.5

-8

Javier Baez

27

36

-9

Willson Contreras

12

21.5

-9.5

Jorge Soler

17

27

-10

Pedro Strop

9

19

-10

Ben Zobrist

36.5

47.5

-11

Dexter Fowler

25

46

-21

Jason Heyward

26

56

-30