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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 20

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It's been said before, and it's still true now: The Goat podium loves middle relievers.

It was at this moment that you could see the wheel coming loose and preparing to fly off.
It was at this moment that you could see the wheel coming loose and preparing to fly off.
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The WPA life of a middle reliever is not a fun one.  Most of the time that you do your job right, there's not much impact because your team is probably already ahead or behind and your efforts won't move the needle that much. Then you get that one game that's close and you do something wrong, and... boom. Welcome to the top of the Goats.

Graphs for Game 20 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 20 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 20:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

E Jackson

2

2

0

0

0

3

0.09

.007

P Coke

1

3

0

2

0

0

0.01

-.004

K Hendricks

5

5

0

2

3

6

1.53

-.044

G Germen

1

4

0

4

2

2

0.93

-.278

Total

9

14

0

8

5

11

0.97

-.319

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

M Montero

4

0

3

0

1

0

1

0.7

.077

D Fowler

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0.45

.023

K Bryant

3

1

0

0

0

1

3

0.91

.022

A Rizzo

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.57

-.002

D Ross

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.13

-.003

C Denorfia

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.62

-.015

J Herrera

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.41

-.026

K Hendricks

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.06

-.029

C Coghlan

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.77

-.059

S Castro

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.67

-.076

J Soler

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.59

-.093

Total

31

1

7

0

1

1

14

0.64

-.181

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 - Miguel Montero (.077). Had three hits on the night and drove in the Cubs' only run. As WPA goes, that's a no-brainer for the top of the Hero podium.
  • Hero - Dexter Fowler (.023). On a night where the offense doesn't do a lot, all it takes is a leadoff single to claim a spot.
  • Sidekick - Kris Bryant (.022). And sometimes all it takes is an early walk.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Gonzalez Germen (-.278). At one point in the sixth inning he had a runner on second and two out. And then it all went very, very badly.
  • Goat - Jorge Soler (-.093). Still struggling to find his way back to the Hero podium and getting dangerously close to passing Chris Coghlan for the top of the Goat list.
  • Kid - Starlin Castro (-.076). Takes the final step courtesy of two early outs while the game was still close.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 20 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

2

5

1

17

Dexter Fowler

4

1

2

16

Kris Bryant

2

2

2

12

Starlin Castro

2

1

3

11

Miguel Montero

2.5

0.5

0

8.5

Jonathan Herrera

1

2

1

8

Jake Arrieta

1.5

1.5

0

7.5

Jorge Soler

1

1

1

6

Jason Hammel

1

1

0

5

Travis Wood

1

0

1

4

Hector Rondon

0

1

1.5

3.5

Phil Coke

1

0

0

3

x-Matt Szczur

1

0

0

3

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

1

0

2

Welington Castillo

0

1

0

2

x-Brian Schlitter

0

1

0

2

Junior Lake

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

Jorge Soler

1

4

3

14

Starlin Castro

2

1

4

12

Dexter Fowler

1

3

0

9

Anthony Rizzo

1

2

1

8

x-Brian Schlitter

2

0

1

7

Jon Lester

2

0

0

6

Welington Castillo

1

1

1

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

Gonzalez Germen

1

0

0

3

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

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

+/-

Kris Bryant

12

2

10

Anthony Rizzo

17

8

9

Jake Arrieta

7.5

0

7.5

Dexter Fowler

16

9

7

Jonathan Herrera

8

1

7

Travis Wood

4

0

4

Miguel Montero

8.5

5

3.5

x-Matt Szczur

3

0

3

Jason Hammel

5

3

2

Junior Lake

2

0

2

Zac Rosscup

2

0

2

x-Arismendy Alcantara

2

1

1

Hector Rondon

3.5

3

0.5

Pedro Strop

0.5

0

0.5

Phil Coke

3

3

0

Starlin Castro

11

12

-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

Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

Welington Castillo

2

6

-4

Jason Motte

1

5

-4

x-Mike Olt

0

4

-4

x-Brian Schlitter

2

7

-5

Jon Lester

0

6

-6

Jorge Soler

6

14

-8

Chris Coghlan

1

15

-14

Bryant edges into the lead on the plus/minus chart, while Soler's seventh Goat appearance in a row moves him into his own spot just outside of the basement.