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Cubs Heroes and Goats: NLDS Game 4

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There were three top players, there were three bottom players, but more importantly... the Cubs finally won a postseason series at Wrigley Field. And it was glorious.

What a night.  That's all I can say.
What a night. That's all I can say.
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A picture is worth a thousand words.  A moving one is worth even more.

For some reason, I feel in the mood for a donut right now...

Graphs for NLDS Game 4 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 167 Chart 2015

Stats for NLDS Game 4:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

0

3

2.25

.097

P Strop

1

0

0

0

0

2

0.89

.065

H Rondon

1

1

0

0

0

2

0.98

.063

F Rodney

0.2

0

0

0

1

1

1.76

.046

C Richard

0.1

0

0

0

0

1

1.61

.044

T Wood

1

1

0

1

0

2

0.87

.002

J Hammel

3

3

1

2

3

2

0.74

-.136

T Cahill

1

3

0

1

0

2

2.82

-.179

Total

9

8

1

4

4

15

1.3

.001

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Baez

3

1

2

1

3

0

0

0.83

.315

A Rizzo

4

1

2

1

1

0

2

0.53

.233

K Schwarber

3

2

2

1

1

0

0

0.79

.131

J Hammel

1

1

1

0

1

0

0

1.85

.110

T La Stella

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.25

-.006

T Wood

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.51

-.012

C Denorfia

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.63

-.015

A Jackson

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.4

-.018

D Fowler

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.44

-.027

J Soler

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.79

-.040

K Bryant

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.62

-.053

S Castro

3

1

0

0

0

1

0

0.7

-.055

M Montero

3

0

0

0

0

1

2

0.84

-.063

Total

31

6

8

3

6

4

9

0.68

.499

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: And on this day... the homers have it once again.

  • Superhero - Javier Baez (.315). What better way to score your first Hero podium appearance of 2015 -- yes, you read that correctly -- than with a mammoth shot to completely swing the momentum of the game.
  • Hero - Anthony Rizzo (.233). I'm pretty sure that after this homer I was completely hoarse.
  • Sidekick - Kyle Schwarber (.131). And what he did to that ball in the seventh was just... wow.

THE THREE GOATS: Today listed without comment, because everyone deserves to celebrate the first-ever postseason series win at Wrigley Field.

  • Billy Goat - Trevor Cahill (-.179). 
  • Goat - Jason Hammel (-.136).
  • Kid - Miguel Montero (-.063).
CURRENT PLAYOFF TOTALS:

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Jorge Soler

1

1

0

5

Kyle Schwarber

0

2

1

5

Jake Arrieta

1

0

0

3

Javier Baez

1

0

0

3

Jon Lester

1

0

0

3

Kris Bryant

1

0

0

3

Anthony Rizzo

0

1

0

2

Travis Wood

0

1

0

2

Dexter Fowler

0

0

2

2

Addison Russell

0

0

1

1

Starlin Castro

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Kris Bryant

1

2

0

7

Anthony Rizzo

1

0

2

5

Jake Arrieta

1

0

0

3

Kyle Hendricks

1

0

0

3

Trevor Cahill

1

0

0

3

Dexter Fowler

0

1

1

3

Jason Hammel

0

1

0

2

Starlin Castro

0

1

0

2

Miguel Montero

0

0

1

1

Tommy La Stella

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Jorge Soler

5

0

5

Kyle Schwarber

5

0

5

Javier Baez

3

0

3

Jon Lester

3

0

3

Travis Wood

2

0

2

Addison Russell

1

0

1

Jake Arrieta

3

3

0

Dexter Fowler

2

3

-1

Starlin Castro

1

2

-1

Miguel Montero

0

1

-1

Tommy La Stella

0

1

-1

Jason Hammel

0

2

-2

Anthony Rizzo

2

5

-3

Kyle Hendricks

0

3

-3

Trevor Cahill

0

3

-3

Kris Bryant

3

7

-4