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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 143

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It was another easy choice for the Superhero on Monday night as Kyle Hendricks' no-hitter through eight innings was more than enough to put him on the top of the Hero podium in the Cubs' 4-1 win.

That was one heck of an outing.
That was one heck of an outing.
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Maybe Javy should get the save on this one.

Graphs for Game 143 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 143 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 143:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Hendricks

8

1

1

1

2

7

0.58

.310

A Chapman

1

0

0

0

1

1

0.47

.035

Total

9

1

1

1

3

8

0.56

.345

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

D Fowler

4

1

2

1

2

0

1

0.76

.160

B Zobrist

4

1

2

1

1

0

1

0.64

.074

J Baez

3

2

1

0

0

1

0

0.43

.057

A Rizzo

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0.77

.052

A Russell

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.42

.002

M Montero

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.46

-.045

K Hendricks

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.68

-.047

K Bryant

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.69

-.048

J Heyward

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.38

-.050

Total

32

4

7

2

4

3

6

0.58

.155

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 143: With one out and a runner on second in the top of the fifth, Dexter Fowler sends a Mike Leake sinker into the seats in right field, scoring Javier Baez and extending the Cubs' lead to 4-0. WPA impact: +.120.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Kyle Hendricks (.310 / .263). That makes eight starts in a row in which he's allowed two runs or less. In those eight starts he's 6-0 with a 1.28 ERA and hitters have only managed to hit .168 against him with an OPS against of .527.
  • Hero - Dexter Fowler (.160). Added an early single to his two-run homer to give him even more cushion on the second podium spot.
  • Sidekick - Ben Zobrist (.074). Takes the final step with a homer of his own to start the scoring in the second.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jason Heyward (-.050). Had two of his famous grounders to second in this one, including one of the 4-6-3 variety, before the BABIP overlords added one final touch by denying him on a gapper to right-center that Randal Grichuk caught in full extension on the run. But Heyward gets a very hefty withdrawal from the bank of style points for his own catch into the stands in the sixth.
  • Goat - Kris Bryant (-.048). He did have the early single in this one, but gave it all back and then some with his whiff with runners on the corners in the third. He did have a couple of nice plays at third as well to keep the no-hitter going.
  • Kid - Miguel Montero (-.045). Nothing tremendously out of the ordinary about his 0-for-4.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 143: Hendricks once again pulls back into second place, taking a half-point lead over Anthony Rizzo in the continuing race for the top three chart spots.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

14

20.5

11

94

Addison Russell

12

11

14

72

Kris Bryant

8.5

16.5

13

71.5

Jon Lester

16

3.5

2.5

57.5

Ben Zobrist

8

6

13.5

49.5

Kyle Hendricks

11

6

3

48

Jake Arrieta

12.5

2.5

1

43.5

Dexter Fowler

3

8.5

14.5

40.5

Jason Hammel

9

2

5

36

Javier Baez

5

5

8

33

Jason Heyward

3

9

5

32

John Lackey

8

2

0

28

Miguel Montero

4.5

5

3.5

27

Jorge Soler

4

3

8

26

Travis Wood

4

3

2

20

Hector Rondon

2.5

3.5

5

19.5

David Ross

2

4

3.5

17.5

Tommy La Stella

2

4

3.5

17.5

Willson Contreras

3

2

3

16

Matt Szczur

2

2

2

12

Adam Warren

1

3.5

1.5

11.5

Trevor Cahill

1

3

0.5

9.5

Pedro Strop

1

2

2

9

Justin Grimm

0

1.5

5.5

8.5

Albert Almora Jr.

2

1

0

8

Chris Coghlan

1

2

1

8

Carl Edwards Jr.

0

3

2

8

Rob Zastryzny

2

0

0.5

6.5

Mike Montgomery

1

1

1

6

Aroldis Chapman

0

2

2

6

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

Joe Smith

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

14

15.5

82.5

Jason Heyward

16

14

5.5

81.5

Kris Bryant

12.5

12.5

10

72.5

Ben Zobrist

8.5

14.5

12

66.5

Anthony Rizzo

6

17

5.5

57.5

Dexter Fowler

12

7

6

56

Javier Baez

7

7

13.5

48.5

Jorge Soler

6

5

11

39

Willson Contreras

3.5

6.5

5

28.5

Miguel Montero

3

5

4

23

Matt Szczur

1.5

4.5

9

22.5

Travis Wood

5

1

5

22

David Ross

3

3

6.5

21.5

Pedro Strop

4

4

1

21

John Lackey

5

1

2

19

Jason Hammel

4

2

2

18

Adam Warren

4

2

0

16

Hector Rondon

3

2

1

14

Jake Arrieta

3

1

2

13

Trevor Cahill

2

3

1

13

Jon Lester

3

1

1

12

Albert Almora Jr.

1

2

5

12

Kyle Hendricks

2

2

1

11

Tommy La Stella

2

0

5

11

Chris Coghlan

1

2

3.5

10.5

Justin Grimm

2

1

2

10

Mike Montgomery

2

1

1

9

Joe Smith

1

2

0

7

Aroldis Chapman

2

0

0

6

Carl Edwards Jr.

1

1

1

6

Clayton Richard

1

0

3

6

Tim Federowicz

1

0

1

4

Jeimer Candelario

0

2

0

4

Brian Matusz

1

0

0

3

Joel Peralta

1

0

0

3

Gerardo Concepcion

0

1

0

2

Rob Zastryzny

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

57.5

12

45.5

Kyle Hendricks

48

11

37

Anthony Rizzo

94

57.5

36.5

Jake Arrieta

43.5

13

30.5

Jason Hammel

36

18

18

John Lackey

28

19

9

Tommy La Stella

17.5

11

6.5

Hector Rondon

19.5

14

5.5

Rob Zastryzny

6.5

2

4.5

Miguel Montero

27

23

4

Carl Edwards Jr.

8

6

2

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Felix Pena

0.5

0

0.5

Aroldis Chapman

6

6

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Spencer Patton

1.5

2

-0.5

Kris Bryant

71.5

72.5

-1

Joel Peralta

2

3

-1

Gerardo Concepcion

1

2

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Justin Grimm

8.5

10

-1.5

Travis Wood

20

22

-2

Jeimer Candelario

2

4

-2

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Chris Coghlan

8

10.5

-2.5

Mike Montgomery

6

9

-3

Clayton Richard

3

6

-3

Brian Matusz

0

3

-3

Trevor Cahill

9.5

13

-3.5

David Ross

17.5

21.5

-4

Albert Almora Jr.

8

12

-4

Adam Warren

11.5

16

-4.5

Joe Smith

1

7

-6

Addison Russell

72

82.5

-10.5

Matt Szczur

12

22.5

-10.5

Pedro Strop

9

21

-12

Willson Contreras

16

28.5

-12.5

Jorge Soler

26

39

-13

Dexter Fowler

40.5

56

-15.5

Javier Baez

33

48.5

-15.5

Ben Zobrist

49.5

66.5

-17

Jason Heyward

32

81.5

-49.5