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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 56

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This one was ugly, folks. Really, really ugly.

This is the type of sight you'd really rather not see.
This is the type of sight you'd really rather not see.
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Seriously, you might want to avert your eyes on this one.

Graphs for Game 56 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 56 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 56:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

E Jackson

3.2

4

0

1

0

5

0.14

-.006

J Lester

4.1

9

0

5

2

5

0.76

-.184

Total

8

13

0

6

2

10

0.52

-.190

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

C Coghlan

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.06

.003

S Castro

4

0

2

0

0

0

1

0.45

.002

J Lake

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.69

-.001

M Baxter

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.18

-.004

K Bryant

3

0

1

0

0

1

0

0.54

-.005

A Rizzo

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.36

-.032

C Denorfia

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.42

-.038

D Fowler

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.45

-.050

D Ross

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.73

-.058

A Russell

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.53

-.059

M Montero

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.64

-.070

Total

34

0

8

0

0

2

9

0.51

-.310

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.

Still looking?  Okay, you asked for it...

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Chris Coghlan (.003). Yes, you read that correctly: .003 took the top step of the Hero podium. The lowest WPA in 2014 to take the top spot was .006, by comparison.
  • Hero - Starlin Castro (.002). He had two hits, so that counts for something.
  • Sidekick - Junior Lake (-.001). Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's the dreaded anti-hero. The last time the anti-hero reared its ugly head was on September 8, 2014 in an 8-0 shellacking by the Toronto Blue Jays.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jon Lester (-.184). Well... the second and third innings were good.
  • Goat - Miguel Montero (-.070). Maybe he was just confused by being in the lineup at the same time as David Ross.
  • Kid - Addison Russell (-.059). To make matters worse, he ends up taking the final spot partially because his single in the fifth was erased by anti-hero Lake being thrown out at home. Ugh.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 56 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

Coghlan pushes his way back out of the cellar, while Lester sinks a little further into negative territory.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

8

15

1

55

Kris Bryant

5

7

5

34

Dexter Fowler

6

2

5

27

Miguel Montero

4.5

3.5

0

20.5

x-Jorge Soler

2

6

1

19

Starlin Castro

2

4

5

19

Jake Arrieta

4.5

1.5

0

16.5

Jason Hammel

4

2

0

16

Addison Russell

3

1

5

16

Chris Coghlan

3

0

5

14

Hector Rondon

0

5

3.5

13.5

Jon Lester

3

0

0

9

Zac Rosscup

2

0

3

9

Kyle Hendricks

2

0

2

8

Jonathan Herrera

1

2

1

8

x-Matt Szczur

2

0

0

6

Junior Lake

1

1

1

6

Travis Wood

1

0

2.5

5.5

Pedro Strop

0

0

5.5

5.5

Tsuyoshi Wada

1

1

0

5

James Russell

0

2

0

4

x-Phil Coke

1

0

0.5

3.5

x-Brian Schlitter

0

1

1

3

Jason Motte

0

0

3

3

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

David Ross

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

x-Jorge Soler

4

8

4

32

Starlin Castro

6

2

7

29

Chris Coghlan

2

6

7

25

Dexter Fowler

3

5.5

4.5

24.5

Miguel Montero

2

4

4

18

Kris Bryant

3

3

2

17

Addison Russell

0

5

5

15

Pedro Strop

4

1

0

14

Jon Lester

4

0

1

13

Zac Rosscup

3

1

1

12

Anthony Rizzo

1

4

1

12

Hector Rondon

3

1

0

11

Kyle Hendricks

3

1

0

11

x-Brian Schlitter

3

0

1

10

Jake Arrieta

3

0

1

10

Travis Wood

2

1

1

9

Edwin Jackson

2

1

0

8

David Ross

0

2.5

2.5

7.5

Jason Motte

1

2

0

7

Jason Hammel

1

2

0

7

x-Welington Castillo

1

1

2

7

Justin Grimm

0

2

3

7

Tsuyoshi Wada

2

0

0

6

Junior Lake

1

0

1

4

x-Mike Olt

1

0

1

4

x-Matt Szczur

0

1

2

4

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

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

0

1

1

x-Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

55

12

43

Kris Bryant

34

17

17

Jason Hammel

16

7

9

Jake Arrieta

16.5

10

6.5

Jonathan Herrera

8

2

6

Dexter Fowler

27

24.5

2.5

Miguel Montero

20.5

18

2.5

Hector Rondon

13.5

11

2.5

Chris Denorfia

2.5

0

2.5

x-Matt Szczur

6

4

2

Junior Lake

6

4

2

James Russell

4

2

2

Addison Russell

16

15

1

x-Arismendy Alcantara

2

1

1

x-Phil Coke

3.5

3

0.5

Tsuyoshi Wada

5

6

-1

x-Neil Ramirez

0

1

-1

Zac Rosscup

9

12

-3

Kyle Hendricks

8

11

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

Travis Wood

5.5

9

-3.5

Jon Lester

9

13

-4

Jason Motte

3

7

-4

x-Mike Olt

0

4

-4

Justin Grimm

2.5

7

-4.5

x-Welington Castillo

2

7

-5

David Ross

1

7.5

-6.5

x-Brian Schlitter

3

10

-7

Edwin Jackson

0

8

-8

Pedro Strop

5.5

14

-8.5

Starlin Castro

19

29

-10

Chris Coghlan

14

25

-11

x-Jorge Soler

19

32

-13