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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 4

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Dexter Fowler breaks out of his slump in a big way and takes the top of the Hero podium in a landslide.

What's better that hitting one triple in a game? Two triples, of course.
What's better that hitting one triple in a game? Two triples, of course.
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Fun Fact: The last Cub to hit two triples in a game was -- believe it or not -- Nate Schierholtz on June 13, 2013. Those were the good old days before he turned into a pumpkin.

Graphs for Game 4 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 4 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 4:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Hammel

6

8

1

3

0

6

0.9

.084

P Strop

0.2

1

0

0

0

2

0.88

.043

H Rondon

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.66

.028

N Ramirez

1

0

0

1

2

1

0.24

.008

P Coke

0.1

2

0

1

0

0

0.46

-.036

Total

9

12

1

5

2

10

0.76

.127

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

D Fowler

3

2

2

0

2

2

0

0.87

.282

J Soler

4

1

2

0

2

0

1

0.78

.047

S Castro

5

1

3

1

2

0

1

0.62

.047

M Olt

4

1

1

1

1

0

1

0.37

.047

C Coghlan

4

1

1

1

1

0

1

0.66

.034

A Alcantara

2

2

0

0

0

2

1

0.6

.029

J Hammel

3

1

2

0

0

0

0

0.43

.023

M Szczur

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.09

.002

D Ross

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.09

-.002

M Montero

4

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.71

-.048

A Rizzo

4

0

0

0

1

0

0

0.67

-.088

Total

36

9

12

3

9

5

8

0.61

.373

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 - Dexter Fowler (.282). How do you break a slump? Well, a couple of triples and a couple of walks will certainly do the trick.
  • Hero - Jason Hammel (.084). Had a couple of rocky innings but settled down well as the game went on.
  • Sidekick - Starlin Castro (.047). Okay, this is a first. I've had several occasions where I've had to pull executive decision in a three-way tie among three relievers or three players who had a WPA of zero. I've never had three offensive players tied with a positive WPA before. Basically I'm giving Castro the nod because he had three hits compared to two for Jorge Soler and one for Mike Olt.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Anthony Rizzo (-.088). Well, he's landed the top and second spots on both podiums in the first four games of the season. Now he just needs the bottom stairs in the next two games for the double-trifecta.
  • Goat - Miguel Montero (-.048). Missed out on a couple of opportunities with a runner on third.
  • Kid - Phil Coke (-.036). A rough outing that thankfully didn't lead to any further damage after he left.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 4:

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

1

1

0

5

Phil Coke

1

0

0

3

Jake Arrieta

1

0

0

3

Dexter Fowler

1

0

0

3

Jorge Soler

0

1

1

3

Arismendy Alcantara

0

1

0

2

Jason Hammel

0

1

0

2

Starlin Castro

0

0

1

1

David Ross

0

0

1

1

Jason Motte

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Dexter Fowler

1

1

0

5

Anthony Rizzo

1

1

0

5

Jon Lester

1

0

0

3

Chris Coghlan

1

0

0

3

Welington Castillo

0

1

0

2

Miguel Montero

0

1

0

2

Phil Coke

0

0

1

1

Starlin Castro

0

0

1

1

Arismendy Alcantara

0

0

1

1

Mike Olt

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Jake Arrieta

3

0

3

Jorge Soler

3

0

3

Phil Coke

3

1

2

Jason Hammel

2

0

2

Arismendy Alcantara

2

1

1

David Ross

1

0

1

Jason Motte

1

0

1

Anthony Rizzo

5

5

0

Starlin Castro

1

1

0

Mike Olt

0

1

-1

Dexter Fowler

3

5

-2

Miguel Montero

0

2

-2

Welington Castillo

0

2

-2

Chris Coghlan

0

3

-3

Jon Lester

0

3

-3

Fowler finds the Hero podium for the first time as a Cub, while Rizzo extends his podium streak to four to start the season.