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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 17

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The first tie at the top of the Hero podium came on Sunday, with Jake Arrieta and Miguel Montero splitting the top honors.

It's a two way tie at the top of the podium on Sunday. And no, Gary Jones is not the other guy at the top.
It's a two way tie at the top of the podium on Sunday. And no, Gary Jones is not the other guy at the top.
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Two-game sweep, three-game sweep... hey, I'll take a sweep however the Cubs can get it.

Graphs for Game 17 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 17 2015 Corrected

Stats for Game 17:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Arrieta

6

4

1

2

3

6

1.14

.163

Z Rosscup

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.71

.043

P Strop

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.54

.039

H Rondon

1

1

0

0

0

2

0.43

.030

Total

9

6

1

2

3

9

0.97

.275

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

M Montero

4

2

2

1

2

0

1

0.65

.163

A Russell

4

0

1

0

3

0

2

0.82

.135

K Bryant

4

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.61

.038

C Coghlan

3

1

1

0

0

1

1

0.51

.013

D Fowler

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.48

.012

A Rizzo

3

1

0

0

0

1

0

0.77

.008

W Castillo

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.05

.001

S Castro

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.55

-.004

J Soler

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.57

-.052

J Arrieta

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.1

-.090

Total

33

5

6

1

5

3

10

0.65

.225

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 (tie) - Jake Arrieta and Miguel Montero (.163). It would have been a completely different scenario had Arrieta not escaped the jam he created in the fifth. Montero shares the top spot courtesy of driving in the first two runs.
  • Sidekick - Addison Russell (.135). The first Hero appearance of his career. Hopefully there will be many more to come.

THE THREE GOATS:

Once again there's a three-way bump with Jake Arrieta's -.090 hitting moved out. There have now been five bumps in 17 games, all on the Goat podium.

  • Billy Goat - Jorge Soler (-.052). The slump extends to 0-for-15 in his last four games.
  • Goat - Starlin Castro (-.004). He had one of those days where none of your plate appearances really had much impact one way or the other.
  • Kid - Welington Castillo (+.001). The first positive Goat of the season. It's a very rare occurrence, but it's generally a sign of a good problem to have.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 17 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

2

4

1

15

Dexter Fowler

3

0

2

11

Starlin Castro

2

1

3

11

Kris Bryant

2

2

0

10

Jonathan Herrera

1

2

1

8

Jake Arrieta

1.5

1.5

0

7.5

Jorge Soler

1

1

1

6

Miguel Montero

1.5

0.5

0

5.5

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

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

1

0

2

Jason Hammel

0

1

0

2

Welington Castillo

0

1

0

2

Brian Schlitter

0

1

0

2

Zac Rosscup

0

0

2

2

Kyle Hendricks

0

0

1

1

Chris Coghlan

0

0

1

1

David Ross

0

0

1

1

Jason Motte

0

0

1

1

Addison Russell

0

0

1

1

Pedro Strop

0

0

0.5

0.5

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Chris Coghlan

2

3

1

13

Jorge Soler

1

2

3

10

Dexter Fowler

1

3

0

9

Starlin Castro

1

1

3

8

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

Kyle Hendricks

1

0

0

3

Hector Rondon

1

0

0

3

Jason Hammel

1

0

0

3

Edwin Jackson

1

0

0

3

Addison Russell

0

1

1

3

Phil Coke

0

1

1

3

Welington Castillo

0

1

1

3

Kris Bryant

0

1

0

2

David Ross

0

0

2

2

Jonathan Herrera

0

0

1

1

x-Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

15

7

8

Kris Bryant

10

2

8

Jake Arrieta

7.5

0

7.5

Jonathan Herrera

8

1

7

Starlin Castro

11

8

3

x-Matt Szczur

3

0

3

Travis Wood

3

0

3

Dexter Fowler

11

9

2

Zac Rosscup

2

0

2

x-Arismendy Alcantara

2

1

1

Miguel Montero

5.5

5

0.5

Hector Rondon

3.5

3

0.5

Pedro Strop

0.5

0

0.5

Phil Coke

3

3

0

Welington Castillo

2

3

-1

Jason Hammel

2

3

-1

David Ross

1

2

-1

x-Neil Ramirez

0

1

-1

Kyle Hendricks

1

3

-2

Addison Russell

1

3

-2

Edwin Jackson

0

3

-3

Jorge Soler

6

10

-4

Jason Motte

1

5

-4

x-Mike Olt

0

4

-4

Brian Schlitter

2

7

-5

Jon Lester

0

6

-6

Chris Coghlan

1

13

-12

Arrieta moves into second on the plus/minus chart on the heels of another strong performance while Montero climbs back into positive territory.