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Dan Haren puts the finishing touches on a spectacular regular season as the Cubs finish with an eight-game winning streak, setting a franchise record for longest winning streak at a season's end.

Congrats on a great final two starts, Dan.
Congrats on a great final two starts, Dan.
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All I can think of to say is this: This has probably been the most amazing regular season I can ever remember in my years as a Cub fan. I don't go back as far as some others here do in my fandom, but I go back to the late 1970s for my starting point. Even if Wednesday ends up being the final game of 2015 for the Cubs -- and I really, really hope that it doesn't -- it's been one heck of a ride.

But heck with that one-and-done stuff. Let's get the job done in Pittsburgh and have some fun against the Cardinals.

See you guys on Wednesday night. We'll have the recap on Thursday morning.

Graphs for Game 162 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 162 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 162:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

D Haren

6

3

0

1

1

3

1.06

.235

T Wood

1

0

0

0

0

1

1.09

.081

N Ramirez

1

0

0

0

0

1

1.09

.080

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

1

1

1.5

.075

Total

9

3

0

1

2

6

1.11

.471

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Bryant

1

1

1

0

0

3

0

0.77

.101

A Rizzo

4

0

1

0

2

0

0

1.04

.091

M Montero

4

0

2

0

0

0

1

0.48

.057

A Jackson

4

1

1

0

0

0

2

0.66

.030

C Coghlan

3

1

1

0

0

1

1

0.74

.019

Q Berry

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.69

.016

J Baez

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.34

-.008

T La Stella

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.4

-.010

C Denorfia

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.5

-.020

D Haren

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.02

-.065

A Russell

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.76

-.077

S Castro

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.86

-.105

Total

32

3

7

0

2

4

9

0.72

.029

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 - Dan Haren (.235). If that was the final outing of his career -- and it looks like it was -- it was a great way to go out.
  • Hero - Kris Bryant (.101). He's gotta be the Rookie of the Year. It just has to be.
  • Sidekick - Anthony Rizzo (.091). It's only fitting that he ends the regular season on the Hero podium after posting an amazing final mark of plus-65.5. He may not end up winning the Most Valuable Player for the National League, but he gets my vote for the Cubs' MVP if nothing else.

THE THREE GOATS: And in the final game of the regular season, there's one last bump on the Goat podium as Haren's -.065 hitting is moved out. In total there were 45 bumps this season, 41 from the Goats. The final pitching totals will be listed below.

  • Billy Goat - Starlin Castro (-.105). It was still a great second half, but on the final day of the season he slips back into the basement.
  • Goat - Addison Russell (-.077). He also ended up not faring that well on the chart, finishing third from the bottom, but man is that kid going to be a monster.
  • Kid - Chris Denorfia (-.020). I'll still always remember his walk-off single that led to Rizzo picking him up and carrying him on the field Superman-style.
FINAL PITCHERS' HITTING TOTALS:
Only one player ended up in positive territory, and he was only around for a very limited time.

Final Totals - Pitchers

Hero

Goat

+/-

Donn Roach

3

0

3

Clayton Richard

0

2

-2

Dan Haren

0

5

-5

Jason Hammel

0

8

-8

Travis Wood

0

8

-8

Kyle Hendricks

1

15

-14

Jon Lester

0

14

-14

Jake Arrieta

2

27

-25

Total

6

79

-73


FINAL RANKINGS FOR THE 2015 REGULAR SEASON:

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

17

27.5

12.5

118.5

Kris Bryant

17

20

9

100

Jake Arrieta

19.5

4

0.5

67

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

5

1

32

Hector Rondon

1

10

8.5

31.5

Kyle Hendricks

6

2

3

25

Travis Wood

2

6

3.5

21.5

Pedro Strop

2

2

10

20

Chris Denorfia

2

3

5.5

17.5

Tommy La Stella

3

3

1

16

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

Dan Haren

2

2

0

10

Austin Jackson

2

1

1

9

x-James Russell

0

3

1.5

7.5

Trevor Cahill

1

1

2

7

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

Fernando Rodney

0

0

1.5

1.5

x-Mike Baxter

0

0

1.5

1.5

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Yoervis Medina

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

12

12

16

76

Addison Russell

6

19

13

69

Kris Bryant

10

11

9

61

Jorge Soler

9

12

10

61

Dexter Fowler

9

11.5

10.5

60.5

Anthony Rizzo

7

11

10

53

Chris Coghlan

4

12

16.5

52.5

Miguel Montero

3

12

10

43

Kyle Hendricks

10

3

1

37

Kyle Schwarber

5

7

8

37

Jason Hammel

8

5

0

34

Pedro Strop

9

2

0.5

31.5

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

9

24

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

Clayton Richard

1

4

1

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

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

118.5

53

65.5

Jake Arrieta

67

16

51

Kris Bryant

100

61

39

Jon Lester

41

25

16

Tommy La Stella

16

7

9

Hector Rondon

31.5

24

7.5

Trevor Cahill

7

0

7

Matt Szczur

12.5

6

6.5

Miguel Montero

48.5

43

5.5

Travis Wood

21.5

16

5.5

x-Taylor Teagarden

5

0

5

x-James Russell

7.5

5

2.5

Kyle Schwarber

39

37

2

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

Jason Hammel

32

34

-2

Austin Jackson

9

11

-2

Quintin Berry

0

2

-2

Dan Haren

10

13

-3

x-Donn Roach

0

3

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

Tommy Hunter

2

5.5

-3.5

x-Mike Olt

0

4

-4

x-Brian Schlitter

5

10

-5

x-Edwin Jackson

3

8

-5

x-Welington Castillo

2

7

-5

Fernando Rodney

1.5

7

-5.5

Clayton Richard

6

12

-6

x-Dallas Beeler

0

6

-6

x-Rafael Soriano

0

6

-6

Chris Denorfia

17.5

24

-6.5

x-Mike Baxter

1.5

8

-6.5

Tsuyoshi Wada

5

12

-7

Zac Rosscup

10.5

18

-7.5

Chris Coghlan

44

52.5

-8.5

Javier Baez

0

10

-10

Pedro Strop

20

31.5

-11.5

Kyle Hendricks

25

37

-12

Jorge Soler

46

61

-15

Justin Grimm

10.5

27

-16.5

Addison Russell

49.5

69

-19.5

David Ross

4

25.5

-21.5

Starlin Castro

52

76

-24