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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 3

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Despite five runs allowed by Travis Wood and Brian Schlitter, it's the offense once again that sweeps the Goat podium.

One of these four people was at the top of the Goat podium on Friday.  Hint: It's not the guy on the left.
One of these four people was at the top of the Goat podium on Friday. Hint: It's not the guy on the left.
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Yeah, five hits in Colorado just isn't going to cut it.

Graphs for Game 3 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 3 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 3:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Motte

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

1.22

.034

E Jackson

2

1

0

0

0

2

0.11

.016

T Wood

4.2

7

0

3

2

5

0.99

-.062

B Schlitter

1

3

1

2

1

0

0.5

-.096

Total

8

11

1

5

3

7

0.73

-.108

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

2

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

.144

J Soler

3

0

1

0

0

1

1

0.84

.052

M Szczur

2

0

0

0

1

1

0

1.46

.020

J Herrera

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.46

-.013

C Coghlan

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.63

-.045

A Alcantara

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

1.07

-.047

T Wood

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.48

-.076

M Olt

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.32

-.090

S Castro

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.34

-.100

W Castillo

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

1.36

-.101

D Fowler

5

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.99

-.137

Total

30

1

5

0

1

4

7

1.19

-.392

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 - Anthony Rizzo (.144). A perfect 3-for-3 in podium appearances this season for Rizzo. Of course one of those was a Goat appearance, but that's a different story.
  • Hero - Jorge Soler (.052). Nothing fancy about his 1-for-3 day other than getting on base twice while the game was still close.
  • Sidekick - Jason Motte (.034). Only needed two pitches to take the final spot on the Hero podium Friday.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Dexter Fowler (-.137). It's been a rough start to the season so far for Fowler.
  • Goat - Welington Castillo (-.101). The first-pitch flyout to end the third really hurt.
  • Kid - Starlin Castro (-.100). Despite a 1-for-4 day, the 6-4-3 double play in the fifth landed him at the bottom of the Goats.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 3:

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

1

1

0

5

Phil Coke

1

0

0

3

Jake Arrieta

1

0

0

3

Jorge Soler

0

1

1

3

Arismendy Alcantara

0

1

0

2

David Ross

0

0

1

1

Jason Motte

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Dexter Fowler

1

1

0

5

Jon Lester

1

0

0

3

Chris Coghlan

1

0

0

3

Welington Castillo

0

1

0

2

Anthony Rizzo

0

1

0

2

Starlin Castro

0

0

1

1

Arismendy Alcantara

0

0

1

1

Mike Olt

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

5

2

3

Jake Arrieta

3

0

3

Phil Coke

3

0

3

Jorge Soler

3

0

3

Arismendy Alcantara

2

1

1

David Ross

1

0

1

Jason Motte

1

0

1

Starlin Castro

0

1

-1

Mike Olt

0

1

-1

Welington Castillo

0

2

-2

Chris Coghlan

0

3

-3

Jon Lester

0

3

-3

Dexter Fowler

0

5

-5

Rizzo's third consecutive podium appearance moves him into a tie at the top of the plus-minus chart, while Fowler still tries to get himself on track at the beginning of the season.