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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 48

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There are lots of possible candidates for the Player of the Game, but Tsuyoshi Wada takes the top step of the Hero podium with his strong outing on a cold Sunday afternoon.

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Fun fact: The walkoff win on Sunday afternoon was the Cubs' sixth this season, which is the most of any team in the league. They had previously been tied with the St. Louis Cardinals at five.

Graphs for Game 48 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 48 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 48:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T Wada

5.2

2

0

1

2

4

0.95

.300

H Rondon

1.1

0

0

0

0

1

1.83

.177

J Motte

1

0

0

0

1

0

1.82

.123

P Strop

1

0

0

0

0

2

1.35

.098

J Grimm

1.1

0

0

0

0

3

0.93

.091

Z Rosscup

0.1

1

0

0

0

1

3.52

.058

J Russell

0.1

0

0

0

1

0

1.43

.011

T Wood

0

1

0

0

1

0

1.92

-.211

Total

11

4

0

1

5

11

1.34

.648

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

5

0

2

0

0

0

0

1.61

.210

C Coghlan

4

0

3

0

1

0

0

1.54

.198

M Montero

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

1.35

.059

K Bryant

4

1

1

0

0

1

2

1.52

.040

J Herrera

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.00

.000

D Ross

2

0

1

0

1

0

0

5.73

-.016

D Fowler

4

0

0

0

0

1

3

1.26

-.025

M Baxter

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.66

-.039

J Lake

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.77

-.043

T Wada

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.43

-.071

S Castro

3

0

0

0

0

2

0

2.54

-.098

A Russell

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.17

-.116

J Soler

4

0

0

0

0

0

3

2.31

-.247

Total

36

2

7

0

2

5

10

1.85

-.148

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 - Tsuyoshi Wada (.300). It may have been a shorter outing than one would have hoped for, but it was an extremely effective one.
  • Hero - Anthony Rizzo (.210). Look at the wheels on that guy!
  • Sidekick - Chris Coghlan (.198). Talk about a resurrection: Just 11 games ago, he was way at the bottom of the plus/minus chart at minus-19.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jorge Soler (-.247). It's that cold weather, man.
  • Goat - Travis Wood (-.211). That's what you call an ineffective outing.
  • Kid - Addison Russell (-.116). Almost had a cycle of groundouts with a grounder to second, third, and short.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 48 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

Rizzo extends his double-digit lead on the plus/minus chart, while a four-way logjam at the basement door has formed with Soler falling back toward the bottom.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

7

10

1

42

Kris Bryant

4

7

5

31

Dexter Fowler

6

2

4

26

Jorge Soler

2

6

1

19

Miguel Montero

4.5

2.5

0

18.5

Starlin Castro

2

3

4

16

Addison Russell

3

1

4

15

Jake Arrieta

3.5

1.5

0

13.5

Hector Rondon

0

4

3.5

11.5

Jason Hammel

2

2

0

10

Chris Coghlan

2

0

4

10

Jon Lester

3

0

0

9

Zac Rosscup

2

0

3

9

Kyle Hendricks

2

0

2

8

Jonathan Herrera

1

2

1

8

Tsuyoshi Wada

1

1

0

5

Travis Wood

1

0

1.5

4.5

James Russell

0

2

0

4

x-Phil Coke

1

0

0.5

3.5

Pedro Strop

0

0

3.5

3.5

x-Matt Szczur

1

0

0

3

x-Brian Schlitter

0

1

1

3

Jason Motte

0

0

3

3

x-Chris Denorfia

0

0

2.5

2.5

Justin Grimm

0

0

2.5

2.5

x-Welington Castillo

0

1

0

2

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

1

0

2

Junior Lake

0

1

0

2

David Ross

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Jorge Soler

4

7

4

30

Starlin Castro

5

2

7

26

Dexter Fowler

3

5

2

21

Chris Coghlan

2

5

5

21

Kris Bryant

3

2

2

15

Pedro Strop

4

1

0

14

Addison Russell

0

5

3

13

Zac Rosscup

3

1

1

12

Anthony Rizzo

1

4

1

12

Miguel Montero

1

2

4

11

x-Brian Schlitter

3

0

1

10

Jake Arrieta

3

0

1

10

Hector Rondon

3

0

0

9

Travis Wood

2

1

1

9

Edwin Jackson

2

1

0

8

Jon Lester

2

0

1

7

Jason Motte

1

2

0

7

Jason Hammel

1

2

0

7

x-Welington Castillo

1

1

2

7

David Ross

0

2

2

6

Kyle Hendricks

1

1

0

5

x-Mike Olt

1

0

1

4

x-Matt Szczur

0

1

2

4

Justin Grimm

0

1

2

4

Tsuyoshi Wada

1

0

0

3

x-Gonzalez Germen

1

0

0

3

x-Phil Coke

0

1

1

3

James Russell

0

1

0

2

Jonathan Herrera

0

0

2

2

Junior Lake

0

0

1

1

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

0

1

1

x-Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

42

12

30

Kris Bryant

31

15

16

Miguel Montero

18.5

11

7.5

Jonathan Herrera

8

2

6

Dexter Fowler

26

21

5

Jake Arrieta

13.5

10

3.5

Jason Hammel

10

7

3

Kyle Hendricks

8

5

3

Hector Rondon

11.5

9

2.5

x-Chris Denorfia

2.5

0

2.5

Addison Russell

15

13

2

Jon Lester

9

7

2

Tsuyoshi Wada

5

3

2

James Russell

4

2

2

Junior Lake

2

1

1

x-Arismendy Alcantara

2

1

1

x-Phil Coke

3.5

3

0.5

x-Matt Szczur

3

4

-1

x-Neil Ramirez

0

1

-1

Justin Grimm

2.5

4

-1.5

Zac Rosscup

9

12

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

Jason Motte

3

7

-4

x-Mike Olt

0

4

-4

Travis Wood

4.5

9

-4.5

x-Welington Castillo

2

7

-5

David Ross

1

6

-5

x-Brian Schlitter

3

10

-7

Edwin Jackson

0

8

-8

Starlin Castro

16

26

-10

Pedro Strop

3.5

14

-10.5

Jorge Soler

19

30

-11

Chris Coghlan

10

21

-11