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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 131

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Kyle Hendricks continued his Wrigley Field dominance on Tuesday night, throwing another seven scoreless innings on his way to his 10th Superhero of the season in the Cubs' 3-0 win.

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Memories from a wacky Monday night game...

Graphs for Game 131 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 131 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 131:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Hendricks

7

3

0

0

1

4

0.76

.313

C Edwards Jr.

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.57

.039

A Chapman

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.4

.030

Total

9

4

0

0

1

5

0.7

.383

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

4

1

1

1

2

0

1

0.5

.157

A Russell

2

1

0

0

0

1

1

0.58

.028

J Baez

3

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.43

.014

J Soler

2

0

1

0

0

2

1

0.37

.006

M Montero

3

0

1

0

1

0

1

0.5

.004

B Zobrist

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.14

-.004

M Szczur

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.23

-.008

K Hendricks

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.29

-.016

K Bryant

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.53

-.021

J Heyward

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.42

-.044

Total

28

3

5

1

3

3

7

0.43

.117

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 131: With one out and one on in the bottom of the first, Anthony Rizzo hits one off of the ribbon board in right field for his 26th homer of the season, giving the Cubs an early 2-0 lead. WPA impact: +.177.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Kyle Hendricks (.313 / .297). One more stat to go along with the ones that Al mentioned in his recap: In Hendricks' 14 outings at Wrigley Field this year, he has allowed a total of 15 runs. Included in those 14 outings are five starts where he didn't allow a run and four more where he only allowed one.
  • Hero - Anthony Rizzo (.157). He had been dormant from the podiums for a while, at least for him; this is his first Hero appearance in seven games and his first podium appearance in six. Everyone needs a break every once in a while.
  • Sidekick - Carl Edwards Jr. (.039). And with not much else happening with the bats on Tuesday night, Edwards' scoreless eighth inning was good enough for the final spot.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jason Heyward (-.044). Had a couple of hard shots toward first base plus a missed chance in the third with runners on the corners that ended in a flyout to center.
  • Goat - Kris Bryant (-.021). Ah, yes... the "Bryant Maneuver" returns. Miss in the first plate appearance and then watch as the game expands to 3-0 before the next plate appearance. I'll have to find a way to figure this out for sure, but my gut tells me that he has to be the player on the Cubs who has the average WPA closest to zero in all of his Goat appearances.
  • Kid - Matt Szczur (-.008). Then again, Szczur could give him a run for his money, as he's had a few tough-luck pinch-hit Goats in the past. This game wasn't one of them, though; it was just a 1-for-3 where none of the plate appearances had much of a chance to make a big impact.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 131: Hendricks makes his way into the plus-30 club for the first time this season, moving past Jake Arrieta for third place on the chart.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

11

20.5

11

85

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

Kyle Hendricks

10

5

3

43

Jake Arrieta

12.5

2.5

0

42.5

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

Carl Edwards Jr.

0

2

2

6

Mike Montgomery

1

1

0

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

14

14

4.5

74.5

Kris Bryant

10.5

11.5

10

64.5

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

Matt Szczur

1.5

3.5

8

19.5

John Lackey

5

1

2

19

Travis Wood

4

1

5

19

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

85

50.5

34.5

Kyle Hendricks

43

11

32

Jake Arrieta

42.5

13

29.5

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

Kris Bryant

65.5

64.5

1

Travis Wood

20

19

1

Felix Pena

0.5

0

0.5

Carl Edwards Jr.

6

6

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Spencer Patton

1.5

2

-0.5

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

Jorge Soler

25

35

-10

Matt Szczur

9

19.5

-10.5

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

74.5

-46.5