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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 10

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Well, that only took a day.

That bat will make for an interesting memento in his trophy case.
That bat will make for an interesting memento in his trophy case.
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I'll ruin a bit of the suspense here and state that despite driving in the game-winning run, Starlin Castro did not make the Hero podium on Saturday afternoon.  That's not to say that he shouldn't possibly be the Player of the Game or one of the Three Stars if this were a Blackhawks game, because he could very easily be one of those.

And no, I don't hate Starlin Castro. And I still don't hate Chris Coghlan.

Graphs for Game 10 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 10 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 10:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

Z Rosscup

2

1

0

0

0

2

1.97

.246

J Motte

1

0

0

0

0

1

1.24

.090

K Hendricks

6

3

1

2

0

8

0.78

.032

P Strop

1

0

0

0

1

1

0.41

.018

P Coke

0

2

0

2

0

0

0.48

-.050

H Rondon

1

4

0

2

0

1

3.31

-.315

Total

11

10

1

6

1

13

1.34

.021

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Bryant

3

0

2

0

1

3

0

1.97

.358

A Rizzo

5

2

2

0

0

1

1

1.22

.338

M Montero

4

2

2

2

3

1

1

1.39

.191

S Castro

6

1

3

0

2

0

1

2.29

.156

M Szczur

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.52

.116

D Ross

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

5.54

.010

C Denorfia

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.76

-.019

A Alcantara

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.66

-.039

J Herrera

5

1

1

0

0

0

1

1.34

-.039

D Fowler

4

1

0

0

0

2

1

1.33

-.083

K Hendricks

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.73

-.083

J Soler

6

0

1

0

0

0

3

1.22

-.183

C Coghlan

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.8

-.244

Total

43

7

12

2

6

8

12

1.62

.479

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 (.358). Hey, a broken-bat flare for a first major-league hit will do just fine.
  • Hero - Anthony Rizzo (.338). The Cubs have played 10 games and Rizzo has appeared on a podium eight times.
  • Sidekick - Zac Rosscup (.246). If you can throw two scoreless innings at the end of the game, you'll reap the benefits.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Hector Rondon (-.315). His first four-hit meltdown since June 23, 2014.
  • Goat - Chris Coghlan (-.244). Three opportunities with runners in scoring position and came up empty.
  • Kid - Jorge Soler (-.183). Three strikeouts on the day and the double in the eighth barely deflected the needle.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 10 ("x" indicates player on disabled list):

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

1

4

1

12

Dexter Fowler

3

0

0

9

Jorge Soler

1

1

1

6

Phil Coke

1

0

0

3

Jake Arrieta

1

0

0

3

Matt Szczur

1

0

0

3

Travis Wood

1

0

0

3

Kris Bryant

1

0

0

3

Jonathan Herrera

0

1

1

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

Zac Rosscup

0

0

1

1

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

Chris Coghlan

1

3

0

9

Dexter Fowler

1

2

0

7

Jon Lester

2

0

0

6

Anthony Rizzo

1

1

0

5

Miguel Montero

1

1

0

5

x-Mike Olt

1

0

1

4

Jorge Soler

0

1

2

4

Kyle Hendricks

1

0

0

3

Brian Schlitter

1

0

0

3

Hector Rondon

1

0

0

3

Starlin Castro

0

0

3

3

Kris Bryant

0

1

0

2

Welington Castillo

0

1

0

2

x-Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

David Ross

0

0

1

1

Phil Coke

0

0

1

1

Arismendy Alcantara

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

12

5

7

Jake Arrieta

3

0

3

Matt Szczur

3

0

3

Travis Wood

3

0

3

Jonathan Herrera

3

0

3

Dexter Fowler

9

7

2

Jorge Soler

6

4

2

Phil Coke

3

1

2

Jason Hammel

2

0

2

Kris Bryant

3

2

1

Arismendy Alcantara

2

1

1

Zac Rosscup

1

0

1

Jason Motte

1

0

1

Pedro Strop

0.5

0

0.5

Welington Castillo

2

2

0

David Ross

1

1

0

Hector Rondon

2.5

3

-0.5

Starlin Castro

2

3

-1

x-Neil Ramirez

0

1

-1

Brian Schlitter

0

3

-3

Kyle Hendricks

0

3

-3

x-Mike Olt

0

4

-4

Miguel Montero

0

5

-5

Jon Lester

0

6

-6

Chris Coghlan

1

9

-8

Rizzo opens up his lead at the top of the plus/minus chart, while Coghlan finds his way to the basement after 10 games.