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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 59

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It was almost a clean sweep of both podiums by the pitching, as five of the six podium spots were occupied by Cub hurlers on Friday afternoon.

He didn't take the top spot, but he was the only podium pitcher who apparently was photogenic on Friday.
He didn't take the top spot, but he was the only podium pitcher who apparently was photogenic on Friday.
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Seeing five pitchers end up on both podiums -- and not as a result of a tie for a spot -- is extremely rare.  In fact, it has only happened one other time since I started the feature, and that was on May 21, 2014 in a 4-2 Cubs loss to the Yankees in 13 innings.

Graphs for Game 59 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 59 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 59:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

P Strop

1

0

0

0

0

1

1.7

.123

J Motte

1

0

0

0

0

1

1.35

.098

J Russell

1

0

0

0

0

1

1.12

.082

Z Rosscup

1

0

0

0

1

3

0.59

.031

J Hammel

5

7

1

2

3

4

0.88

-.245

H Rondon

1

2

0

0

0

2

2.37

-.324

Total

10

9

1

2

4

12

1.2

-.234

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

C Coghlan

4

1

2

0

0

0

1

1.11

.073

A Russell

3

0

1

0

1

1

0

2.03

.065

K Bryant

4

1

2

0

0

1

2

1.3

.062

S Castro

5

1

1

1

2

0

0

1.9

.047

J Hammel

2

1

1

0

1

0

0

1.21

.043

C Denorfia

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.4

.001

M Baxter

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.26

-.034

J Herrera

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

3.18

-.069

M Montero

4

0

0

0

0

1

1

1.59

-.076

A Rizzo

5

0

0

0

0

0

3

1.22

-.149

D Fowler

5

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.79

-.230

Total

36

4

8

1

4

3

11

1.56

-.266

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: In reverse order today:

  • Sidekick - James Russell (.082). For his perfect seventh inning...
  • Hero - Jason Motte (.098). For his perfect eighth, and...
  • Superhero - Pedro Strop (.123). For his perfect ninth.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Hector Rondon (-.324). Part of this one would go to Kris Bryant if WPA had a way to account for errors.
  • Goat - Jason Hammel (-.245). Found himself fighting out of trouble way too much.
  • Kid - Dexter Fowler (-.230). He wasn't the only one to go hitless today, but the flyout to end the ninth with runners on the corners was the finishing touch to give him the final podium spot.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 59 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

The majority of the chart movement comes from the middle, with Hammel being the notable exception as he falls back into second place among the pitchers.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

8

15

1

55

Kris Bryant

5

7

6

35

Dexter Fowler

6

2

5

27

Miguel Montero

5.5

3.5

0

23.5

x-Jorge Soler

2

6

1

19

Starlin Castro

2

4

5

19

Jake Arrieta

4.5

2

0.5

18

Addison Russell

3

1.5

5.5

17.5

Chris Coghlan

4

0

5

17

Jason Hammel

4

2

0

16

Hector Rondon

0

5

3.5

13.5

Jon Lester

3

0

0

9

Zac Rosscup

2

0

3

9

Pedro Strop

1

0

5.5

8.5

Kyle Hendricks

2

0

2

8

Jonathan Herrera

1

2

1

8

Travis Wood

1

1

2.5

7.5

x-Matt Szczur

2

0

0

6

Junior Lake

1

1

1

6

Tsuyoshi Wada

1

1

0

5

James Russell

0

2

1

5

Jason Motte

0

1

3

5

x-Phil Coke

1

0

0.5

3.5

x-Brian Schlitter

0

1

1

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

Starlin Castro

6

3

8

32

x-Jorge Soler

4

8

4

32

Dexter Fowler

3

5.5

5.5

25.5

Chris Coghlan

2

6

7

25

Kris Bryant

3

4

2

19

Miguel Montero

2

4

4

18

Anthony Rizzo

2

4

1

15

Addison Russell

0

5

5

15

Pedro Strop

4

1

0

14

Hector Rondon

4

1

0

14

Jon Lester

4

0

1

13

Zac Rosscup

3

1

1

12

Kyle Hendricks

3

1

0

11

x-Brian Schlitter

3

0

1

10

Jake Arrieta

3

0

1

10

Tsuyoshi Wada

3

0

0

9

Travis Wood

2

1

1

9

Jason Hammel

1

3

0

9

Edwin Jackson

2

1

0

8

David Ross

0

2.5

2.5

7.5

Jason Motte

1

2

0

7

x-Welington Castillo

1

1

2

7

Justin Grimm

0

2

3

7

Junior Lake

1

0

2

5

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

15

40

Kris Bryant

35

19

16

Jake Arrieta

18

10

8

Jason Hammel

16

9

7

Jonathan Herrera

8

2

6

Miguel Montero

23.5

18

5.5

James Russell

5

2

3

Addison Russell

17.5

15

2.5

Chris Denorfia

2.5

0

2.5

x-Matt Szczur

6

4

2

Dexter Fowler

27

25.5

1.5

Junior Lake

6

5

1

x-Arismendy Alcantara

2

1

1

x-Phil Coke

3.5

3

0.5

Hector Rondon

13.5

14

-0.5

x-Neil Ramirez

0

1

-1

Travis Wood

7.5

9

-1.5

Jason Motte

5

7

-2

Zac Rosscup

9

12

-3

Kyle Hendricks

8

11

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

Jon Lester

9

13

-4

Tsuyoshi Wada

5

9

-4

x-Mike Olt

0

4

-4

Justin Grimm

2.5

7

-4.5

x-Welington Castillo

2

7

-5

Pedro Strop

8.5

14

-5.5

David Ross

1

7.5

-6.5

x-Brian Schlitter

3

10

-7

Chris Coghlan

17

25

-8

Edwin Jackson

0

8

-8

Starlin Castro

19

32

-13

x-Jorge Soler

19

32

-13