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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 130

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In a wild game that spilled over into early Tuesday morning, it was Jorge Soler's game-tying homer four innings earlier that put him at the head of the Hero class in the Cubs' 8-7 win.

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An interesting side note about tonight's Hero podium:  The group of three Cubs that are on the podium for this game pulled off a feat that has only been seen one other time in Cubs' recorded WPA history, and that feat last occurred on August 11, 1959.

As for the notable quote of the game:

Graphs for Game 130 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 130 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 130:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T Cahill

1

2

0

0

0

0

2.84

.131

A Chapman

1

0

0

0

1

2

2.32

.131

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

0

1

1.76

.131

F Pena

1

1

0

0

0

2

0.5

.035

S Patton

1

2

0

0

1

1

0.28

.013

T Wood

0.2

1

0

0

0

1

1.43

-.144

J Arrieta

6.1

5

2

6

3

3

1.14

-.266

R Zastryzny

1

2

0

1

1

2

3.31

-.310

Total

13

13

2

7

6

12

1.47

-.278

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Soler

5

1

3

1

2

0

1

1.29

.560

K Bryant

3

2

1

0

0

3

1

2.73

.474

J Baez

6

0

4

0

0

0

1

1.87

.470

D Fowler

7

2

3

0

0

0

1

1.95

.199

M Montero

1

0

1

0

1

0

0

2.61

.065

J Heyward

6

1

2

0

1

0

0

1.1

.020

W Contreras

6

1

1

1

2

0

1

1.34

-.006

J Arrieta

3

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.93

-.032

D Ross

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.74

-.042

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

3.29

-.117

A Rizzo

6

1

1

0

2

1

1

2.89

-.196

B Zobrist

5

0

0

0

0

2

2

1.64

-.215

A Russell

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

4.01

-.400

Total

52

8

17

2

8

6

12

1.95

.778

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 130: With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Jorge Soler sends a Tony Watson fastball to the opposite field seats in right-center, tying the game at 6-6. WPA impact: +.470.

THE THREE HEROES: The feat that took 57 years to duplicate, you ask?  It's been that long since the Cubs had three players with a WPA above .450 in a single game.  They've never had three players with a WPA above .470 in a single game prior to this one.

  • Superhero - Jorge Soler (.560). Obviously his homer in the ninth got him here, but he almost had another homer in the third that just missed leaving the yard. Overall a great night for him, going 3-for-5 before leaving the game as part of a double-switch in the 10th.
  • Hero - Kris Bryant (.474). What a tear he's been on: This podium appearance makes six Heroes in six games, with one top spot and five second-place spots. That's how you go from minus-10 to plus-3 in a hurry. And the plus-3 also happens to be his high-water mark for the season.
  • Sidekick - Javier Baez (.470). This is the platinum-standard of table-setting right here; there have only been three players this season (Baez, Lonnie Chisenhall, and Odubel Herrera) and only 10 since 2000 that have had a game with at least four hits, no runs driven in, and a WPA better than .450.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Addison Russell (-.400). If only that fly ball in the 12th had gone just a little bit further.
  • Goat - Rob Zastryzny (-.310). For having the bases loaded with nobody out -- including an infield single that deflected off of his glove -- it's quite fortunate that he walked away with only one run allowed.
  • Kid - Jake Arrieta (-.266 / -.298). Got through the first four innings without much trouble, but from the fifth inning on it was a different story.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 130: The plus-30 club drops back down to two members as Arrieta finds his way back just to the other side of the velvet rope at the door.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

11

19.5

11

83

Addison Russell

11

11

13

68

Kris Bryant

8.5

13.5

13

65.5

Jon Lester

14

3.5

2.5

51.5

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

7

29

Jason Heyward

2

9

4

28

John Lackey

8

1

0

26

Miguel Montero

4.5

4

3.5

25

Jorge Soler

4

3

7

25

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

Justin Grimm

0

1.5

4.5

7.5

Rob Zastryzny

2

0

0.5

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

Addison Russell

13

12

13.5

76.5

Jason Heyward

13

14

4.5

71.5

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

13.5

48.5

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

2

13

Jon Lester

3

1

1

12

Albert Almora Jr.

1

2

5

12

Kyle Hendricks

2

2

1

11

Trevor Cahill

2

2

1

11

Justin Grimm

2

1

2

10

Tommy La Stella

2

0

4

10

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

51.5

12

39.5

Anthony Rizzo

83

50.5

32.5

Jake Arrieta

42.5

13

29.5

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

Kris Bryant

65.5

62.5

3

Miguel Montero

25

22

3

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Travis Wood

20

19

1

Felix Pena

0.5

0

0.5

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Spencer Patton

1.5

2

-0.5

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

Trevor Cahill

9.5

11

-1.5

Chris Coghlan

5

6.5

-1.5

Jeimer Candelario

2

4

-2

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Justin Grimm

7.5

10

-2.5

Aroldis Chapman

3

6

-3

Clayton Richard

3

6

-3

Brian Matusz

0

3

-3

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

Addison Russell

68

76.5

-8.5

Matt Szczur

9

18.5

-9.5

Jorge Soler

25

35

-10

Willson Contreras

14

25.5

-11.5

Pedro Strop

9

21

-12

Ben Zobrist

47.5

60.5

-13

Dexter Fowler

36.5

50

-13.5

Javier Baez

29

48.5

-19.5

Jason Heyward

28

71.5

-43.5