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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 7

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There was a common theme among the three members of the Goat podium on Tuesday night.

This feels like a "Write Your Own Caption" moment.
This feels like a "Write Your Own Caption" moment.
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"Kind of a Drag" Fact: It's been a while since the Cubs scored a run off of Aroldis Chapman. Almost two years, actually: The last time they did manage to score a run against him was on May 3, 2013. They have not scored a run off of him in 12 straight appearances since then.

Graphs for Game 7 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 7 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 7:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

P Strop

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.42

.030

Z Rosscup

1.1

0

0

0

1

2

0.31

.023

J Arrieta

6.2

7

0

3

1

5

0.74

-.125

Total

9

7

0

3

2

8

0.65

-.072

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

M Szczur

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

2.69

.169

W Castillo

1

1

1

1

2

0

0

1.85

.161

S Castro

3

0

1

0

0

1

0

1.37

.121

J Soler

3

0

1

0

0

1

2

1.04

.027

A Rizzo

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.92

-.024

J Herrera

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.71

-.035

J Arrieta

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.74

-.038

D Fowler

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.99

-.049

A Alcantara

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.13

-.053

M Montero

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

1.9

-.152

D Ross

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

7.09

-.155

C Coghlan

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.85

-.184

M Olt

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

4.42

-.217

Total

31

2

5

1

2

5

9

1.66

-.428

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 - Matt Szczur (.169). Takes the top spot with the power of the base on balls.
  • Hero - Welington Castillo (.161). Cut the lead to one with his basket shot off of Kevin Gregg, but it would get no closer than that.
  • Sidekick - Starlin Castro (.121). Rounds out the Hero podium thanks to his leadoff single in the ninth.

THE THREE GOATS: A common theme tonight for the Goat podium, with the biggest negative play for each of them being:

  • Billy Goat - Mike Olt (-.217). A whiff swinging to end the game;
  • Goat - Chris Coghlan (-.184). A whiff swinging to end the eighth, and...
  • Kid - David Ross (-.155). A whiff looking with two on in the ninth.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 7:

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

1

2

0

7

Dexter Fowler

2

0

0

6

Jorge Soler

1

1

1

6

Phil Coke

1

0

0

3

Jake Arrieta

1

0

0

3

Matt Szczur

1

0

0

3

Hector Rondon

0

1

0.5

2.5

Arismendy Alcantara

0

1

0

2

Jason Hammel

0

1

0

2

Welington Castillo

0

1

0

2

Starlin Castro

0

0

2

2

Chris Coghlan

0

0

1

1

David Ross

0

0

1

1

Jason Motte

0

0

1

1

Pedro Strop

0

0

0.5

0.5

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Dexter Fowler

1

2

0

7

Jon Lester

2

0

0

6

Anthony Rizzo

1

1

0

5

Chris Coghlan

1

1

0

5

Mike Olt

1

0

1

4

Kyle Hendricks

1

0

0

3

Starlin Castro

0

0

3

3

Jorge Soler

0

1

0

2

Welington Castillo

0

1

0

2

Miguel Montero

0

1

0

2

David Ross

0

0

1

1

Phil Coke

0

0

1

1

Arismendy Alcantara

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Jorge Soler

6

2

4

Jake Arrieta

3

0

3

Matt Szczur

3

0

3

Hector Rondon

2.5

0

2.5

Anthony Rizzo

7

5

2

Phil Coke

3

1

2

Jason Hammel

2

0

2

Arismendy Alcantara

2

1

1

Jason Motte

1

0

1

Pedro Strop

0.5

0

0.5

Welington Castillo

2

2

0

David Ross

1

1

0

Dexter Fowler

6

7

-1

Starlin Castro

2

3

-1

Miguel Montero

0

2

-2

Kyle Hendricks

0

3

-3

Chris Coghlan

1

5

-4

Mike Olt

0

4

-4

Jon Lester

0

6

-6

Szczur makes his first Hero appearance for the 2015 season, while Coghlan and Olt slide down to the lower end of the plus/minus chart.