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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 135

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In a game that had more than its fair share of miscues, it was a big baserunning mistake by Anthony Rizzo in the ninth inning that rocketed Dexter Fowler to the top of the Goats in the Cubs' 3-2 loss.

"Oh, man, I'm gonna be hearing about this one for a while."
"Oh, man, I'm gonna be hearing about this one for a while."
Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

All the guy does is hustle.

Graphs for Game 135 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 135 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 135:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T Cahill

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.7

.052

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.65

.048

T Wood

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.47

.035

J Arrieta

6

4

0

2

2

7

0.93

-.094

Total

9

4

0

2

2

8

0.85

.041

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

3.39

.133

W Contreras

4

0

2

0

0

0

1

1.79

.094

J Arrieta

2

0

1

0

1

0

1

1.43

.090

D Ross

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.39

.054

C Coghlan

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1.22

.036

K Bryant

5

0

2

0

0

0

0

1.21

.030

B Zobrist

3

1

0

0

0

1

1

1.9

-.007

J Baez

3

1

1

0

1

0

0

2.13

-.023

T La Stella

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.09

-.027

J Soler

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.83

-.043

J Heyward

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

2.15

-.114

A Russell

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

2.43

-.137

M Szczur

3

0

0

0

0

0

3

2.42

-.194

D Fowler

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

2.3

-.432

Total

32

2

7

0

2

3

12

1.94

-.541

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 Gonzalez Mishap of Game 135: With Anthony Rizzo on first and nobody out in the bottom of the ninth, Dexter Fowler lays down a sacrifice bunt to third base, but Rizzo finds himself too far off of second base and gets tagged out in a rarely-seen 5-4-6 double playWPA impact: -.280.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Anthony Rizzo (.133). You've gotta figure that he's standing on the top of this podium looking mighty sheepish and doing his best to avoid looking over at the Goats across the way. I'm sure he's already sent a very big "Sorry for the TOOTBLAN" to Fowler... I wonder who he volunteered to send it over there.
  • Hero - Willson Contreras (.094). A nice 2-for-4 day including a big table-setting single in the sixth to load the bases with only one out.
  • Sidekick - David Ross (.054). There's something you don't see too often: two guys who didn't start end up making it on to the Hero podium in the same game.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Dexter Fowler (-.432). In all fairness Fowler's day probably had him on his way to the Goat podium in some position anyway. But man, that Rizzo gaffe in the ninth sure did put Fowler on the top step with a huge exclamation point.
  • Goat - Matt Szczur (-.194). A very forgettable 0-for-3 day with three strikeouts, all with runners on.
  • Kid - Addison Russell (-.137). Had a big opportunity to add a couple more runs to his RBI total but his liner in the sixth went right to Hunter Pence.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 135: Rizzo very quietly slides past Kyle Hendricks back into the second spot on the chart, hoping not to be noticed by Fowler down at the other end.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

12

20.5

11

88

Addison Russell

12

11

13

71

Kris Bryant

8.5

14.5

13

67.5

Jon Lester

15

3.5

2.5

54.5

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

8

30

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

David Ross

2

4

3.5

17.5

Tommy La Stella

2

4

3.5

17.5

Willson Contreras

3

2

3

16

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

Jason Heyward

15

14

5.5

78.5

Addison Russell

13

12

14.5

77.5

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

11

7

6

53

Javier Baez

7

7

13.5

48.5

Jorge Soler

6

3

11

35

Willson Contreras

3.5

5.5

4

25.5

Matt Szczur

1.5

4.5

9

22.5

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

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

2

1.5

8.5

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

54.5

12

42.5

Anthony Rizzo

88

53.5

34.5

Kyle Hendricks

43

11

32

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

Travis Wood

20

22

-2

David Ross

17.5

19.5

-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

Chris Coghlan

5

8.5

-3.5

Albert Almora Jr.

8

12

-4

Mike Montgomery

5

9

-4

Adam Warren

11.5

16

-4.5

Addison Russell

71

77.5

-6.5

Willson Contreras

16

25.5

-9.5

Jorge Soler

25

35

-10

Pedro Strop

9

21

-12

Ben Zobrist

47.5

60.5

-13

Matt Szczur

9

22.5

-13.5

Dexter Fowler

38.5

53

-14.5

Javier Baez

30

48.5

-18.5

Jason Heyward

29

78.5

-49.5