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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 153

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Jake Arrieta found his groove again on Friday, striking out 10 batters in seven scoreless innings on his way to the top of the Heroes in the Cubs' 5-0 win.

Hey, it's the dominating Jake!  I was starting to really miss that guy.
Hey, it's the dominating Jake! I was starting to really miss that guy.
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In case you missed the pre-game tribute video for David Ross, here it is:

Graphs for Game 153 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 153 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 153:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Arrieta

7

5

0

0

1

10

0.52

.199

P Strop

1

0

0

0

1

1

0.35

.011

T Wood

0.1

0

0

0

0

1

0.14

.004

C Edwards Jr.

0.2

0

0

0

0

1

0.04

.002

Total

9

5

0

0

2

13

0.46

.215

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

5

1

3

0

1

0

1

0.46

.138

K Bryant

4

1

2

0

0

1

0

0.4

.097

C Coghlan

2

0

1

0

1

2

0

0.3

.070

D Fowler

4

1

0

0

0

1

0

0.53

.048

B Zobrist

3

0

1

0

2

1

0

0.42

.034

W Contreras

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.02

.001

J Arrieta

3

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.21

.000

J Soler

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.09

-.002

J Heyward

3

1

0

0

0

1

0

0.37

-.013

M Montero

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.5

-.038

A Russell

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.41

-.049

Total

33

5

9

0

4

6

4

0.39

.285

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 153: It's a table-setting Ramirez in this one as Kris Bryant takes it for his single through the left side in the first to put runners on the corners with nobody out (no video available). WPA impact: +.091.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Jake Arrieta (.199 / .199). After four consecutive starts with Game Scores under 60, he bounced back in a major way with Game Score of 80 in this outing, his best since his August 23 start against the Padres. It's also the first time since June 17 that he struck out 10 batters or more in a single game, a feat which he pulled off three times in the first half of the season.
  • Hero - Anthony Rizzo (.138). His double in the first -- complete with an uncomfortable faceplant by Kolten Wong on the play -- would have been enough for the Ramirez in this game... had Dexter Fowler not scampered home on a wild pitch earlier in Rizzo's plate appearance. It still would have kept him on the second step, though.
  • Sidekick - Kris Bryant (.097). He's up to 118 runs scored for the season, leading the National League by six over Nolan Arenado. He has a good chance to become the highest Cubs' run-scorer since 2001 when Sammy Sosa scored 146; it would take five more runs scored in the final nine games to break Sosa's 2002 mark of 122.

THE THREE GOATS: And now, we present the three Cubs who came to bat in the first and didn't get on base...

  • Billy Goat - Addison Russell (-.049). Made the first out of the first on a forceout to third and had three subsequent chances with runners on, including two with a runner on third, that came up empty.
  • Goat - Miguel Montero (-.038). Made the final out of the first on a small popout behind second base and later ended the third inning with a bases-loaded strikeout.
  • Kid - Jason Heyward (-.013). And it's the second out of the first inning, his also of the forceout variety but this time to second base. He did have a walk and a stolen base later, though, which kept him well out of harm's way for either of the top two steps.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 153: Arrieta once again finds his membership card to the plus-30 club while Rizzo nudges back into second place, moving one-half of a point ahead of Kyle Hendricks.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

14

21.5

11

96

Kris Bryant

9.5

16.5

15

76.5

Addison Russell

12

11

15

73

Jon Lester

18

3.5

2.5

63.5

Ben Zobrist

8

8

13.5

53.5

Kyle Hendricks

11

6

3

48

Dexter Fowler

4

10.5

14.5

47.5

Jake Arrieta

13.5

2.5

1

46.5

Jason Heyward

4

9

7

37

Jason Hammel

9

2

5

36

Javier Baez

5

6

8

35

Miguel Montero

6.5

5

3.5

33

John Lackey

8

2

1

29

Jorge Soler

4

4

8

28

Tommy La Stella

3

4

3.5

20.5

Hector Rondon

2.5

3.5

6

20.5

Travis Wood

4

3

2

20

David Ross

2

5

3.5

19.5

Willson Contreras

4

2

3

19

Matt Szczur

2

2

2

12

Adam Warren

1

3.5

1.5

11.5

Trevor Cahill

1

3

1.5

10.5

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

Joe Smith

0

1

3

5

Clayton Richard

0

1

1

3

Jeimer Candelario

0

1

0

2

Joel Peralta

0

1

0

2

Munenori Kawasaki

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

15

14

17.5

90.5

Kris Bryant

15.5

15.5

10

87.5

Jason Heyward

16

15

7.5

85.5

Ben Zobrist

9.5

14.5

13

70.5

Anthony Rizzo

6

17

6.5

58.5

Dexter Fowler

12

8

6

58

Javier Baez

8

7

14.5

52.5

Jorge Soler

6

5

11

39

Willson Contreras

3.5

6.5

6

29.5

Miguel Montero

3

6

4

25

Matt Szczur

1.5

5.5

9

24.5

David Ross

3

4

6.5

23.5

Travis Wood

5

1

5

22

Jason Hammel

5

2

2

21

Pedro Strop

4

4

1

21

John Lackey

5

1

3

20

Adam Warren

4

2

0

16

Jake Arrieta

4

1

2

16

Hector Rondon

3

2

1

14

Justin Grimm

3

1

2

13

Trevor Cahill

2

3

1

13

Tommy La Stella

2

1

5

13

Jon Lester

3

1

1

12

Albert Almora Jr.

1

2

5

12

Kyle Hendricks

2

2

1

11

Chris Coghlan

1

2

3.5

10.5

Mike Montgomery

2

1

1

9

Carl Edwards Jr.

1

2

1

8

Joe Smith

1

2

0

7

Aroldis Chapman

2

0

0

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

Munenori Kawasaki

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Jon Lester

63.5

12

51.5

Anthony Rizzo

96

58.5

37.5

Kyle Hendricks

48

11

37

Jake Arrieta

46.5

16

30.5

Jason Hammel

36

21

15

John Lackey

29

20

9

Miguel Montero

33

25

8

Tommy La Stella

20.5

13

7.5

Hector Rondon

20.5

14

6.5

Rob Zastryzny

6.5

2

4.5

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Munenori Kawasaki

2

1

1

Felix Pena

0.5

0

0.5

Carl Edwards Jr.

8

8

0

Aroldis Chapman

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

Travis Wood

20

22

-2

Joe Smith

5

7

-2

Jeimer Candelario

2

4

-2

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Trevor Cahill

10.5

13

-2.5

Chris Coghlan

8

10.5

-2.5

Mike Montgomery

6

9

-3

Clayton Richard

3

6

-3

Brian Matusz

0

3

-3

David Ross

19.5

23.5

-4

Albert Almora Jr.

8

12

-4

Adam Warren

11.5

16

-4.5

Justin Grimm

8.5

13

-4.5

Dexter Fowler

47.5

58

-10.5

Willson Contreras

19

29.5

-10.5

Kris Bryant

76.5

87.5

-11

Jorge Soler

28

39

-11

Pedro Strop

9

21

-12

Matt Szczur

12

24.5

-12.5

Ben Zobrist

53.5

70.5

-17

Addison Russell

73

90.5

-17.5

Javier Baez

35

52.5

-17.5

Jason Heyward

37

85.5

-48.5