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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Games 107-110

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After four days of board gaming bliss in Indianapolis, it's back to the fun of numbers and charts with a recap of the last four games.

"Hey, Dex, quit running so fast!  I have a question to ask you!"
"Hey, Dex, quit running so fast! I have a question to ask you!"
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For those of you who are fans of board games (and not games like Clue or Monopoly) that have not been to Gen Con before, all I can say is that it is a must-go experience. There was more to do there than could possibly be done in four days and there was definitely a lot of stuff that I left off of the hit list, but it was still an absolutely great time. It was doubly fun checking in on the Cubs' scores each day and seeing the winning streak continue to grow by all kinds of circumstances, from the somewhat mundane on Friday to the completely crazy on Wednesday.

Here's the recap of the past four games:

Game 107 (Wednesday, August 3 - Cubs 5, Marlins 4):

  • The Three Heroes - A.J. Ramos (-.915), Matt Szczur (.485), Ben Zobrist (.310), Anthony Rizzo (.128).
  • The Three Goats - Kris Bryant (-.233), Jason Heyward (-.213), John Lackey (-.115 / .000).

Game 108 (Friday, August 5 - Cubs 7, Athletics 2):

  • The Three Heroes - Jorge Soler (.231), Jon Lester (.105), Dexter Fowler (.105).
  • The Three Goats - David Ross (-.011), Kris Bryant (-.006), Anthony Rizzo (-.004).

Game 109 (Saturday, August 6 - Cubs 4, Athletics 0):

  • The Three Heroes - Jake Arrieta (.356), Ben Zobrist (.219), Addison Russell (.091).
  • The Three Goats - Kris Bryant (-.080), Miguel Montero (-.064), Jorge Soler (-.061).

And as for Sunday...

Graphs for Game 110 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 110 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 110:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Hendricks

7.1

3

1

1

0

4

0.86

.396

A Chapman

1

1

0

0

0

1

1.18

.081

P Strop

0.2

0

0

0

0

1

0.82

.041

Total

9

4

1

1

0

6

0.9

.518

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Bryant

3

1

2

1

1

2

0

0.98

.278

J Soler

4

1

2

1

1

0

1

0.91

.140

M Szczur

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0.58

.050

D Fowler

4

1

1

0

0

1

2

0.73

.007

A Rizzo

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

1.34

-.071

A Russell

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.82

-.096

J Baez

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.89

-.096

B Zobrist

3

0

1

0

0

1

0

1.22

-.114

W Contreras

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.95

-.115

Total

34

3

10

2

3

4

7

0.93

-.018

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 110: With the game still scoreless going into the top of the sixth, Kris Bryant belts the first pitch of the inning into the left-field seats to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. WPA impact: +.174.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Kyle Hendricks (.396). Only allowed three hits in over seven innings of work, and only one of those left the infield.
  • Hero - Kris Bryant (.278). Breaks a slump of three consecutive Goat appearances, including yet another tough-luck podium spot on Friday with a WPA better than -.010.
  • Sidekick - Jorge Soler (.140). Things have been going well since his return from the disabled list: 4-for-12 in three games including two homers and five driven in.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Willson Contreras (-.115). Came up empty on two chances with a runner on third, including one chance with one out. That combined with an interference call on a dropped third strike was just enough to edge out...
  • Goat - Ben Zobrist (-.114). ...who took the second step thanks to the BABIP overlords' decision that it was his time to line out into a double play.
  • Kid (tie) - Javier Baez and Addison Russell (-.096). Both had opportunities with a runner on third and missed; Russell almost sent one out of the park but it came up just short on the track in left. Baez did manage to get a hit but had it immediately erased when he was caught stealing second.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 110: The top of the chart remains unchanged as the starting rotation continues to exert its dominance with Rizzo doing his best to keep pace.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

10

16.5

10

73

Addison Russell

10

10

10

60

Kris Bryant

5.5

7.5

12

43.5

Jon Lester

11

3.5

2.5

42.5

Ben Zobrist

7

5

9.5

40.5

Jake Arrieta

11.5

1.5

0

37.5

Kyle Hendricks

9

3

2

35

Jason Hammel

6

2

5

27

Javier Baez

4

5

5

27

Dexter Fowler

2

4.5

11.5

26.5

Jason Heyward

2

8

4

26

Miguel Montero

4.5

4

2.5

24

Jorge Soler

3

3

6

21

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

David Ross

2

3

1.5

13.5

Willson Contreras

3

0

3

12

Adam Warren

1

3.5

1.5

11.5

Matt Szczur

1

2

2

9

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

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

9.5

64.5

Jason Heyward

10

12

4

58

Kris Bryant

9.5

10.5

8

57.5

Ben Zobrist

5.5

10.5

12

49.5

Dexter Fowler

9

7

5

46

Anthony Rizzo

5

13

3.5

44.5

Javier Baez

6

4

10.5

36.5

Jorge Soler

4

3

10

28

Willson Contreras

3.5

5.5

3

24.5

Miguel Montero

3

5

3

22

John Lackey

5

1

2

19

Pedro Strop

4

3

1

19

Adam Warren

4

2

0

16

David Ross

2

2

4.5

14.5

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

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

42.5

12

30.5

Anthony Rizzo

73

44.5

28.5

Jake Arrieta

37.5

10

27.5

Kyle Hendricks

35

11

24

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

22

2

Carl Edwards Jr.

3

1

2

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

John Lackey

20

19

1

Aroldis Chapman

3

3

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Spencer Patton

1.5

2

-0.5

David Ross

13.5

14.5

-1

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

Matt Szczur

9

12.5

-3.5

Justin Grimm

6.5

10

-3.5

Albert Almora Jr.

8

12

-4

Mike Montgomery

0

4

-4

Addison Russell

60

64.5

-4.5

Adam Warren

11.5

16

-4.5

Jorge Soler

21

28

-7

Ben Zobrist

40.5

49.5

-9

Javier Baez

27

36.5

-9.5

Pedro Strop

9

19

-10

Willson Contreras

12

24.5

-12.5

Kris Bryant

43.5

57.5

-14

Dexter Fowler

26.5

46

-19.5

Jason Heyward

26

58

-32