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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 133

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The seventh inning of Thursday night's played a major role in podium placements, including Addison Russell's go-ahead single leading him away from the Goats and to the top of the Heroes in the Cubs' 5-4 win.

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So that's what your first career save feels like.

Graphs for Game 133 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 133 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 133:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Smith

2

0

0

0

0

3

1.13

.169

C Edwards Jr.

1

0

0

0

0

1

2.08

.155

R Zastryzny

2

0

0

0

0

1

0.69

.103

M Montgomery

4

3

1

3

3

1

1.27

-.245

Total

9

3

1

3

3

6

1.22

.182

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Russell

4

0

1

0

2

0

2

2.55

.275

D Fowler

4

2

2

0

0

1

0

1.55

.213

K Bryant

3

1

1

0

1

1

0

1.9

.109

D Ross

2

0

1

0

0

2

0

0.95

.055

C Coghlan

3

0

1

0

1

0

1

1.37

.053

B Zobrist

3

1

1

0

0

1

1

1.86

.045

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.37

-.009

J Baez

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.38

-.035

T La Stella

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.61

-.038

J Soler

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.5

-.041

J Heyward

4

0

1

0

1

0

1

2.22

-.058

M Montgomery

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

2.44

-.060

A Rizzo

4

1

0

0

0

0

1

1.8

-.190

Total

32

5

8

0

5

5

8

1.73

.318

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 133: With the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the seventh, Addison Russell drives in his 87th and 88th runs of the season on a broken-bat single to left to give the Cubs a 5-4 lead. WPA impact: +.393.

THE THREE HEROES: Two of the three spots here -- well, two and a half -- were determined by events of the seventh inning...

  • Superhero - Addison Russell (.275). That single in the seventh turned the tide in a couple of ways; it gave the Cubs the lead for one, and it took him to the top step of the Heroes from what was sure to be a Goat-podium night otherwise.
  • Hero - Dexter Fowler (.213). Stealing third when you're down one with one out in the seventh inning... that's gutsy. But it's also what ended up getting him the second step. That and the single that preceded it that deflected squarely off of Hunter Strickland.
  • Sidekick - Joe Smith (.169). Definitely had all kinds of movement on his pitches in this one, whiffing three in two perfect innings of work.

THE THREE GOATS: ...and another two were determined here as well.

  • Billy Goat - Mike Montgomery (-.245 / -.305). There were a lot of little things that ate him up in this game.  That and a very loud homer that he gave up to Hunter Pence in the first.
  • Goat - Anthony Rizzo (-.190). Had a big chance to make the Heroes in the seventh with two on and nobody out in the seventh -- a very similar story to Russell's above -- but struck out swinging.
  • Kid - Jason Heyward (-.058). He did have the run-scoring single in the first but ended up giving it all back and then some with his bases-loaded popout in the seventh.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 133: Rizzo falls behind Kyle Hendricks into third place on the chart while Russell once again makes a climb back toward even ground.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

11

20.5

11

85

Addison Russell

12

11

13

71

Kris Bryant

8.5

14.5

13

67.5

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

7.5

14.5

38.5

Jason Hammel

9

2

5

36

Javier Baez

4

5

7

29

Jason Heyward

2

9

5

29

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

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

12

13.5

76.5

Jason Heyward

14

14

5.5

75.5

Kris Bryant

10.5

11.5

10

64.5

Ben Zobrist

6.5

14.5

12

60.5

Anthony Rizzo

6

15

5.5

53.5

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

Travis Wood

5

1

5

22

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

Adam Warren

4

2

0

16

Jason Hammel

3

2

2

15

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

Justin Grimm

2

1

2

10

Tommy La Stella

2

0

4

10

Mike Montgomery

2

1

1

9

Chris Coghlan

1

1

1.5

6.5

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

Joe Smith

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

51.5

12

39.5

Kyle Hendricks

43

11

32

Anthony Rizzo

85

53.5

31.5

Jake Arrieta

42.5

13

29.5

Jason Hammel

36

15

21

Tommy La Stella

17.5

10

7.5

John Lackey

26

19

7

Hector Rondon

19.5

14

5.5

Rob Zastryzny

6.5

2

4.5

Kris Bryant

67.5

64.5

3

Miguel Montero

25

22

3

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

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

Joel Peralta

2

3

-1

Gerardo Concepcion

1

2

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Chris Coghlan

5

6.5

-1.5

Travis Wood

20

22

-2

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

Joe Smith

1

4

-3

Brian Matusz

0

3

-3

Trevor Cahill

9.5

13

-3.5

Albert Almora Jr.

8

12

-4

Mike Montgomery

5

9

-4

Adam Warren

11.5

16

-4.5

David Ross

14.5

19.5

-5

Addison Russell

71

76.5

-5.5

Jorge Soler

25

35

-10

Matt Szczur

9

19.5

-10.5

Dexter Fowler

38.5

50

-11.5

Willson Contreras

14

25.5

-11.5

Pedro Strop

9

21

-12

Ben Zobrist

47.5

60.5

-13

Javier Baez

29

48.5

-19.5

Jason Heyward

29

75.5

-46.5