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Cubs Heroes and Goats: NLCS Game 2

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Three consecutive hits to start the game, including one big homer, send Jake Arrieta to the top of the Goat podium in Game 2.

"Uh, that wasn't supposed to happen."
"Uh, that wasn't supposed to happen."
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Sometimes these things happen:

Murphy Arrieta 101715

Graphs for NLCS Game 2 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 169 Chart 2015

Stats for NLCS Game 2:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T Wood

2

0

0

0

0

4

0.13

.019

C Richard

0.2

1

0

0

0

0

0.05

.002

P Strop

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

0.07

.002

J Arrieta

5

4

1

4

2

8

0.46

-.275

Total

8

5

1

4

2

12

0.35

-.252

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Bryant

4

0

2

0

1

0

0

0.52

.027

D Fowler

3

1

2

0

0

1

0

0.47

.021

J Arrieta

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.5

-.012

C Denorfia

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.73

-.017

M Montero

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.29

-.020

T La Stella

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.46

-.022

J Baez

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.47

-.023

A Rizzo

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.59

-.035

C Coghlan

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.47

-.046

S Castro

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.62

-.058

K Schwarber

4

0

0

0

0

0

3

0.62

-.064

Total

32

1

5

0

1

1

10

0.52

-.248

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 - Kris Bryant (.027). When the player leading the Hero podium wins it with a .027, you know just what kind of night it was.
  • Hero - Dexter Fowler (.021). The Cubs had five hits... and four of them are on the top two steps of the podium.
  • Sidekick - Travis Wood (.019). Another impressive postseason outing, with four more strikeouts added to his tally.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jake Arrieta (-.275). Not much you can do when Daniel Murphy golfs a low curveball just inside the right-field foul pole, but the two hits that preceded it didn't help matters either.
  • Goat - Kyle Schwarber (-.064). Wins the battle of the 0-for-4 performances thanks to leaving three runners on base.
  • Kid - Starlin Castro (-.058). Edges out Chris Coghlan in the remaining 0-for-4's thanks to leading off two innings.
CURRENT PLAYOFF TOTALS:

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Kris Bryant

2

0

0

6

Jorge Soler

1

1

0

5

Kyle Schwarber

0

2

1

5

Starlin Castro

1

0

1

4

Anthony Rizzo

0

2

0

4

Dexter Fowler

0

1

2

4

Jake Arrieta

1

0

0

3

Javier Baez

1

0

0

3

Jon Lester

1

0

0

3

Travis Wood

0

1

1

3

Addison Russell

0

0

1

1

Miguel Montero

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Kris Bryant

1

2

0

7

Jake Arrieta

2

0

0

6

Anthony Rizzo

1

0

2

5

Dexter Fowler

0

1

2

4

Jon Lester

1

0

0

3

Kyle Hendricks

1

0

0

3

Trevor Cahill

1

0

0

3

Starlin Castro

0

1

1

3

Jason Hammel

0

1

0

2

Javier Baez

0

1

0

2

Kyle Schwarber

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

2

3

Travis Wood

3

0

3

Starlin Castro

4

3

1

Javier Baez

3

2

1

Addison Russell

1

0

1

Dexter Fowler

4

4

0

Jon Lester

3

3

0

Miguel Montero

1

1

0

Kris Bryant

6

7

-1

Anthony Rizzo

4

5

-1

Tommy La Stella

0

1

-1

Jason Hammel

0

2

-2

Jake Arrieta

3

6

-3

Kyle Hendricks

0

3

-3

Trevor Cahill

0

3

-3