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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 158

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Austin Jackson rides a career night to his first Superhero award in a Cubs uniform.

Who is this seemingly unidentified player? It's Wednesday night's Superhero!
Who is this seemingly unidentified player? It's Wednesday night's Superhero!
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Spoiler Alert: A shout-out goes out to Starlin Castro for his 4-for-5 night... which unfortunately didn't get him to the Hero podium because his first at-bat was a groundout and his last two hits came when the score was 5-1 or more.  Regardless, a 4-for-5 night is still awesome and is always worthy of recognition.

Graphs for Game 158 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 158 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 158:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lester

8

3

0

1

0

9

0.66

.170

N Ramirez

1

1

0

2

1

1

0.01

.000

Total

9

4

0

3

1

10

0.52

.171

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Jackson

5

0

3

0

5

0

2

0.81

.302

A Russell

5

1

3

0

2

0

1

0.54

.089

J Lester

3

2

1

0

0

1

2

0.58

.070

S Castro

5

3

4

1

2

0

0

0.47

.062

A Rizzo

5

2

2

0

0

0

2

0.52

.020

C Denorfia

1

0

0

0

1

1

1

0.15

.013

J Baez

2

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.07

.011

T La Stella

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

K Schwarber

4

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.7

-.029

D Ross

5

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.41

-.054

K Bryant

4

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.48

-.056

J Soler

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.83

-.098

Total

42

10

16

1

10

4

14

0.53

.329

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 THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Austin Jackson (.302). Congratulations to him on the first game in his career in which he drove in five runs. His previous best was four which he had done five times, most recently on July 7 when he was still with the Mariners.
  • Hero - Jon Lester (.170). All that pitching, and he got on base! Twice!
  • Sidekick - Addison Russell (.089). His run-scoring single in the second got him the final spot; everything else was just gravy after that.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jorge Soler (-.098). Once again, the double play claims another Billy Goat.
  • Goat - Kris Bryant (-.056). Lots of hard-hit balls (and one sawed-off bat), but none of them found a gap.
  • Kid - David Ross (-.054). But hey, he singled in the ninth!  Sure, it was 10-1 at that point, but it counts for something, right?  (WPA for single: .000. Guess not.)
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 158 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):
Most of the movement was at the bottom of the chart, with Russell taking a step away from the cellar and Ross taking another step into it.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

17

26.5

11.5

115.5

Kris Bryant

17

19

9

98

Jake Arrieta

18.5

4

0.5

64

Dexter Fowler

11

6

17

62

Starlin Castro

7

9

13

52

Addison Russell

9

6.5

9.5

49.5

Miguel Montero

10.5

6.5

4

48.5

Jorge Soler

7

11

3

46

Chris Coghlan

8

5

10

44

Jon Lester

9

6

2

41

Kyle Schwarber

9

2

8

39

Jason Hammel

7

4

1

30

Hector Rondon

1

9

8.5

29.5

Kyle Hendricks

5

2

3

22

Travis Wood

2

6

3.5

21.5

Pedro Strop

2

2

9

19

Chris Denorfia

2

3

5.5

17.5

Tommy La Stella

3

3

0

15

Jonathan Herrera

1

5

2

15

Matt Szczur

2

2

2.5

12.5

Zac Rosscup

2

0

4.5

10.5

x-Jason Motte

0

2.5

5.5

10.5

Justin Grimm

0

2

6.5

10.5

x-James Russell

0

3

1.5

7.5

Dan Haren

1

2

0

7

Trevor Cahill

1

1

2

7

Austin Jackson

1

1

1

6

x-Junior Lake

1

1

1

6

Clayton Richard

1

0

3

6

Tsuyoshi Wada

1

1

0

5

x-Taylor Teagarden

1

1

0

5

x-Brian Schlitter

0

2

1

5

David Ross

0

1

2

4

x-Phil Coke

1

0

0.5

3.5

x-Edwin Jackson

0

1

1

3

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

1

0

2

x-Welington Castillo

0

1

0

2

Tommy Hunter

0

0

2

2

x-Mike Baxter

0

0

1.5

1.5

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Yoervis Medina

0

0

1

1

Fernando Rodney

0

0

0.5

0.5

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

11

12

14

71

Addison Russell

6

18

13

67

Jorge Soler

9

12

10

61

Dexter Fowler

9

11.5

10.5

60.5

Kris Bryant

9

11

9

58

Chris Coghlan

4

12

15.5

51.5

Anthony Rizzo

7

10

10

51

Miguel Montero

3

11

10

41

Kyle Hendricks

10

3

1

37

Jason Hammel

8

5

0

34

Pedro Strop

9

2

0.5

31.5

Kyle Schwarber

3

7

8

31

Justin Grimm

4

5

5

27

David Ross

3

4.5

7.5

25.5

Jon Lester

7

1

2

25

Hector Rondon

6

3

0

24

Chris Denorfia

3

3

8

23

Zac Rosscup

5

1

1

18

Jake Arrieta

5

0

1

16

Travis Wood

3

2

3

16

Jonathan Herrera

1

2.5

6.5

14.5

Dan Haren

3

1

2

13

Tsuyoshi Wada

4

0

0

12

Austin Jackson

2

2

1

11

x-Jason Motte

1

4

0

11

x-Brian Schlitter

3

0

1

10

Javier Baez

2

1

2

10

Clayton Richard

1

3

1

10

x-Edwin Jackson

2

1

0

8

x-Mike Baxter

2

1

0

8

Fernando Rodney

1

2

0

7

Tommy La Stella

1

1

2

7

x-Welington Castillo

1

1

2

7

x-Dallas Beeler

2

0

0

6

x-Rafael Soriano

2

0

0

6

Matt Szczur

0

1

4

6

Tommy Hunter

1

0.5

1.5

5.5

x-James Russell

1

1

0

5

x-Junior Lake

1

0

2

5

x-Mike Olt

1

0

1

4

x-Donn Roach

1

0

0

3

x-Gonzalez Germen

1

0

0

3

x-Phil Coke

0

1

1

3

Quintin Berry

0

1

0

2

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

115.5

51

64.5

Jake Arrieta

64

16

48

Kris Bryant

98

58

40

Jon Lester

41

25

16

Kyle Schwarber

39

31

8

Tommy La Stella

15

7

8

Miguel Montero

48.5

41

7.5

Trevor Cahill

7

0

7

Matt Szczur

12.5

6

6.5

Hector Rondon

29.5

24

5.5

Travis Wood

21.5

16

5.5

x-Taylor Teagarden

5

0

5

x-James Russell

7.5

5

2.5

Dexter Fowler

62

60.5

1.5

x-Junior Lake

6

5

1

x-Arismendy Alcantara

2

1

1

Yoervis Medina

1

0

1

Jonathan Herrera

15

14.5

0.5

x-Phil Coke

3.5

3

0.5

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

x-Jason Motte

10.5

11

-0.5

Quintin Berry

0

2

-2

x-Donn Roach

0

3

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

Tommy Hunter

2

5.5

-3.5

Jason Hammel

30

34

-4

Clayton Richard

6

10

-4

x-Mike Olt

0

4

-4

Austin Jackson

6

11

-5

x-Brian Schlitter

5

10

-5

x-Edwin Jackson

3

8

-5

x-Welington Castillo

2

7

-5

Chris Denorfia

17.5

23

-5.5

Dan Haren

7

13

-6

x-Dallas Beeler

0

6

-6

x-Rafael Soriano

0

6

-6

x-Mike Baxter

1.5

8

-6.5

Fernando Rodney

0.5

7

-6.5

Tsuyoshi Wada

5

12

-7

Chris Coghlan

44

51.5

-7.5

Zac Rosscup

10.5

18

-7.5

Javier Baez

0

10

-10

Pedro Strop

19

31.5

-12.5

Jorge Soler

46

61

-15

Kyle Hendricks

22

37

-15

Justin Grimm

10.5

27

-16.5

Addison Russell

49.5

67

-17.5

Starlin Castro

52

71

-19

David Ross

4

25.5

-21.5