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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 13

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Objective, subjective, whatever-ective... it's all Starlin Castro in Tuesday's game.

"Slap hands! Slap hands!"
"Slap hands! Slap hands!"
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Just before Castro's hit in the ninth off of Mark Melancon, you may have missed this look:

Starlin Castro Ninth Inning

Ultimate stare-down? Voodoo hex? Jedi mind-trick? You make the call.

Graphs for Game 13 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 13 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 13:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

0

1

2.47

.181

P Coke

0.1

0

0

3

0

1

1.51

.037

E Jackson

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.15

.012

T Wood

5

4

2

3

2

5

1

-.007

J Motte

1

2

0

0

1

0

2.29

-.358

B Schlitter

0.2

3

0

2

1

0

2.82

-.455

Total

9

9

2

8

4

8

1.54

-.590

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

S Castro

5

1

3

1

4

0

1

2.9

.730

K Bryant

4

1

2

0

2

1

0

2.14

.377

W Castillo

5

1

2

1

2

0

1

1.84

.180

A Rizzo

4

2

2

0

0

0

0

1.36

.147

J Soler

5

2

2

0

0

0

2

1.73

.137

D Fowler

3

2

0

0

0

2

2

0.9

.016

M Montero

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.89

.003

D Ross

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.37

-.034

T Wood

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.79

-.057

A Russell

5

0

0

0

0

0

3

0.82

-.102

C Denorfia

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.43

-.107

C Coghlan

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

2.75

-.201

Total

40

9

12

2

8

4

14

1.62

1.090

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 - Starlin Castro (.730). So, just as a reminder: Last season there was only one game in which a Cub batter had a WPA over .550.  We've had three so far in 13 games this season.
  • Hero - Kris Bryant (.377). Five games, five podium appearances.
  • Sidekick - Hector Rondon (.181). Closed the door in fine fashion including a strikeout of Andrew McCutchen on a pitch that just wasn't fair.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Brian Schlitter (-.455). Yeah... this is a problem.
  • Goat - Jason Motte (-.358). Yeah... this might also be a problem.
  • Kid - Chris Coghlan (-.201). Seriously. Although, in fairness, part of it is due to Kris Bryant getting thrown out at home on Coghlan's single, for which Bryant looks down from the Hero podium and says "Sorry, dude." The guy's just jinxed.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 13 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

1

4

1

12

Dexter Fowler

3

0

1

10

Kris Bryant

2

2

0

10

Starlin Castro

2

0

3

9

Jorge Soler

1

1

1

6

Jake Arrieta

1

1

0

5

Hector Rondon

0

1

1.5

3.5

Phil Coke

1

0

0

3

x-Matt Szczur

1

0

0

3

Travis Wood

1

0

0

3

Jonathan Herrera

0

1

1

3

Arismendy Alcantara

0

1

0

2

Jason Hammel

0

1

0

2

Welington Castillo

0

1

0

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

2

3

1

13

Dexter Fowler

1

3

0

9

Brian Schlitter

2

0

1

7

Anthony Rizzo

1

2

0

7

Jon Lester

2

0

0

6

Miguel Montero

1

1

0

5

Jason Motte

1

1

0

5

x-Mike Olt

1

0

1

4

Jorge Soler

0

1

2

4

Kyle Hendricks

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

Jonathan Herrera

0

0

1

1

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

+/-

Kris Bryant

10

2

8

Starlin Castro

9

3

6

Anthony Rizzo

12

7

5

Jake Arrieta

5

0

5

x-Matt Szczur

3

0

3

Travis Wood

3

0

3

Jorge Soler

6

4

2

Jonathan Herrera

3

1

2

Phil Coke

3

1

2

Jason Hammel

2

0

2

Dexter Fowler

10

9

1

Arismendy Alcantara

2

1

1

Zac Rosscup

1

0

1

Hector Rondon

3.5

3

0.5

Pedro Strop

0.5

0

0.5

Welington Castillo

2

2

0

David Ross

1

1

0

x-Neil Ramirez

0

1

-1

Kyle Hendricks

0

3

-3

Jason Motte

1

5

-4

x-Mike Olt

0

4

-4

Miguel Montero

0

5

-5

Jon Lester

0

6

-6

Brian Schlitter

0

7

-7

Chris Coghlan

1

13

-12

Castro jumps into second place on the plus/minus chart, and Coghlan... um...  yeah.