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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 60

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The hustle by Kris Bryant in the ninth inning earns him the top spot of the Hero podium after a long, rainy game on Saturday.

The difference between top and second stair: about *that* much.
The difference between top and second stair: about *that* much.
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I'm just wondering how much longer it will be before someone markets the official Jonathan Herrera Rally Bucket. It has to happen sooner or later.

Graphs for Game 60 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 60 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 60:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Hendricks

5

4

1

1

0

7

0.82

.142

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

1

2

2.3

.124

J Motte

1

2

0

0

0

1

2.84

.123

P Strop

1

0

0

0

0

1

1.45

.098

T Wood

1

0

0

0

0

0

1.12

.082

J Russell

0

3

1

2

0

0

1.56

-.357

Total

9

9

2

3

1

11

1.46

.212

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Bryant

4

3

3

0

0

0

1

1.21

.250

M Montero

3

1

2

1

2

0

0

1.51

.226

S Castro

4

0

1

0

2

0

0

1.7

.189

C Coghlan

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.96

.099

D Fowler

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.78

.049

M Baxter

3

0

2

0

0

0

0

0.88

-.003

K Hendricks

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.85

-.035

A Russell

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.32

-.078

C Denorfia

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2.01

-.085

A Rizzo

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.71

-.325

Total

30

4

11

1

4

0

2

1.27

.288

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 - Kris Bryant (.250). Had he not stretched that hit in the ninth into a double, he probably would have ended up on the second stair, with...
  • Hero - Miguel Montero (.226). ...taking the first one after getting plunked in the ninth and brushing it off like it was nothing.
  • Sidekick - Starlin Castro (.189). Sent everybody home happy with the game-winner.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - James Russell (-.357). Three batters, three hits, two runs, one Billy Goat.
  • Goat - Anthony Rizzo (-.325). Believe it or not, his -.325 WPA in this game is the lowest single-game number of his entire career by a long shot. His previous low was -.231 on May 12, 2013.
  • Kid - Chris Denorfia (-.085). Hit one hard in the seventh, but right at third base for an inning-ending double play.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 60 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

There's still a lot of distance between first and second at the top of the chart, but the point differential falls below 20 for the first time in 10 games with Rizzo sliding back and Bryant moving forward.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

8

15

1

55

Kris Bryant

6

7

6

38

Dexter Fowler

6

2

5

27

Miguel Montero

5.5

4.5

0

25.5

Starlin Castro

2

4

6

20

x-Jorge Soler

2

6

1

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

5

1

17

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

James Russell

1

1

0

5

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

Jonathan Herrera

0

0

2

2

Chris Denorfia

0

0

1

1

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

0

1

1

x-Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

55

17

38

Kris Bryant

38

19

19

Jake Arrieta

18

10

8

Miguel Montero

25.5

18

7.5

Jason Hammel

16

9

7

Jonathan Herrera

8

2

6

Addison Russell

17.5

15

2.5

Chris Denorfia

2.5

1

1.5

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

James Russell

5

5

0

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

20

32

-12

x-Jorge Soler

19

32

-13