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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 61

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Starlin Castro drives in the game-winning run for the second night in a row, and this time it also gets him the top spot on the Hero podium.

You can run, but you can't hide!
You can run, but you can't hide!
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Fun Fact: The eight walkoff wins for the Cubs are the most since 2011 when they had nine.  The club record for walkoff wins in a season since records were kept (starting around 1940) is 11, set in 1967 and tied three other times (1969, 1984, and 1996).

Graphs for Game 61 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 61 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 61:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

B Schlitter

0.2

0

0

0

0

0

4.73

.206

J Lester

7

5

0

1

0

4

0.99

.180

J Motte

1

2

0

0

1

1

4.1

.123

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

0

0

1.35

.098

E Jackson

0.2

0

0

0

1

1

2.52

.026

Z Rosscup

0.2

0

0

0

2

1

2.95

.015

Total

11

7

0

1

4

7

1.89

.648

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

S Castro

5

0

3

0

1

0

0

1.78

.287

C Coghlan

4

1

2

0

0

1

0

1.27

.146

D Ross

3

1

1

0

0

0

1

1.28

.091

A Russell

3

0

1

0

0

1

0

1.71

.006

J Herrera

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2.73

-.021

C Denorfia

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.26

-.031

M Montero

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.66

-.039

J Lester

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.91

-.044

D Fowler

4

0

0

0

1

0

0

1.9

-.071

K Bryant

5

0

1

0

0

0

2

1.28

-.123

A Rizzo

5

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.03

-.131

M Baxter

4

0

0

0

0

0

4

2.2

-.217

Total

37

2

8

0

2

2

10

1.54

-.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 - Starlin Castro (.287). Obviously the game-winner got him the high honors for Sunday, but the 3-for-5 night was also a very good thing.
  • Hero - Brian Schlitter (.206). Came into a tough situation in the 11th and got the job done.
  • Sidekick - Jon Lester (.180). A strong outing overall for him, including a couple of escapes with runners on third.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Mike Baxter (-.217). Congratulations, Mike... not only is it your first ever podium appearance as a Cub, but it's also your first ever Golden Sombrero.
  • Goat - Anthony Rizzo (-.131). It's the first time this season that he's gone hitless in three straight games.
  • Kid - Kris Bryant (-.123). Had the early double, but that was about it on the night for him.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 61 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

Castro continues to climb away from the cellar door of the plus/minus chart, while Rizzo gives back a little more ground at the top.

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

3

4

6

23

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

1

10

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

x-Junior Lake

1

1

1

6

Tsuyoshi Wada

1

1

0

5

James Russell

0

2

1

5

Brian Schlitter

0

2

1

5

Jason Motte

0

1

3

5

x-Phil Coke

1

0

0.5

3.5

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

3

20

Anthony Rizzo

2

6

1

19

Miguel Montero

2

4

4

18

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

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

x-Junior Lake

1

0

2

5

x-Mike Olt

1

0

1

4

x-Matt Szczur

0

1

2

4

Mike Baxter

1

0

0

3

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

19

36

Kris Bryant

38

20

18

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

x-Matt Szczur

6

4

2

Dexter Fowler

27

25.5

1.5

Chris Denorfia

2.5

1

1.5

x-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

Jon Lester

10

13

-3

Zac Rosscup

9

12

-3

Kyle Hendricks

8

11

-3

Mike Baxter

0

3

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

Tsuyoshi Wada

5

9

-4

x-Mike Olt

0

4

-4

Justin Grimm

2.5

7

-4.5

Brian Schlitter

5

10

-5

x-Welington Castillo

2

7

-5

Pedro Strop

8.5

14

-5.5

David Ross

1

7.5

-6.5

Chris Coghlan

17

25

-8

Edwin Jackson

0

8

-8

Starlin Castro

23

32

-9

x-Jorge Soler

19

32

-13