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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 18

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Every once in a while, the three "Players of the Game" are also the three Heroes. Monday night was one of those nights.

It's been a few years since a Cub pitcher did what he did on Monday night.
It's been a few years since a Cub pitcher did what he did on Monday night.
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Fun Fact: The last time a Cub starter pitched eight innings or more in an April game at Wrigley Field was April 12, 2012 when Matt Garza came one out short of a complete game in an 8-0 win over the Brewers.

The last complete game in April by a Cub at Wrigley, you ask? April 9, 2003, a four-hit shutout by Mark Prior in a 3-0 win over the Expos.

Graphs for Game 18 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 18 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 18:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Hammel

8

4

0

0

0

7

0.67

.294

P Strop

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.15

.011

Total

9

4

0

0

0

8

0.62

.306

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

3

1

2

0

2

1

1

1

.142

K Bryant

4

0

2

0

2

0

0

0.84

.126

J Soler

4

1

2

0

0

0

1

0.56

.036

M Montero

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.42

.019

D Fowler

3

1

2

0

0

1

0

0.4

.015

A Russell

3

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.36

-.007

C Coghlan

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.2

-.021

J Hammel

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.41

-.030

S Castro

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.52

-.087

Total

32

4

11

0

4

2

5

0.53

.194

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 - Jason Hammel (.294). Eight innings, four hits, no runs. Hard to ask for much more than that. Unless you're just really, really greedy.
  • Hero - Anthony Rizzo (.142). Brought his on-base percentage back up to a gaudy .494.
  • Sidekick - Kris Bryant (.126). His on-base percentage is a measly .478. Slacker.

THE THREE GOATS:

A two-way bump with Jason Hammel's -.030 hitting moved out. That makes six bumps in 18 games, all from the Goats. For those keeping score at home, the pitcher hitting point totals so far: Jake Arrieta -6, Travis Wood -3, Jason Hammel -2, Jon Lester -2, Kyle Hendricks -1.

  • Billy Goat - Starlin Castro (-.087). Early double plays hurt.
  • Goat - Chris Coghlan (-.021). Man, I don't know what Chris did to anger the baseball gods, but... dude. Three warning-track outs and a hard-hit liner for an inning-ending double play. That's beyond jinxed.
  • Kid - Addison Russell (-.007). Well, he had another hit, which is good. Unfortunately for him so did everybody else.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 18 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

2

5

1

17

Dexter Fowler

3

0

2

11

Kris Bryant

2

2

1

11

Starlin Castro

2

1

3

11

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

Jason Hammel

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

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

1

0

2

Welington Castillo

0

1

0

2

x-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

4

1

15

Starlin Castro

2

1

3

11

Jorge Soler

1

2

3

10

Dexter Fowler

1

3

0

9

x-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

Addison Russell

0

1

2

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

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

17

7

10

Kris Bryant

11

2

9

Jake Arrieta

7.5

0

7.5

Jonathan Herrera

8

1

7

x-Matt Szczur

3

0

3

Travis Wood

3

0

3

Dexter Fowler

11

9

2

Jason Hammel

5

3

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

Starlin Castro

11

11

0

Phil Coke

3

3

0

Welington Castillo

2

3

-1

David Ross

1

2

-1

x-Neil Ramirez

0

1

-1

Kyle Hendricks

1

3

-2

Addison Russell

1

4

-3

Edwin Jackson

0

3

-3

Jorge Soler

6

10

-4

Jason Motte

1

5

-4

x-Mike Olt

0

4

-4

x-Brian Schlitter

2

7

-5

Jon Lester

0

6

-6

Chris Coghlan

1

15

-14

Rizzo and Bryant put some distance on the pack on the plus/minus chart, while Coghlan prepares to sacrifice a live chicken in order to appease the WPA deities.