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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 63

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Kyle Schwarber begins his five-game designated-hitter tour in fine fashion with four hits, propelling him to the top of the Hero podium in his first major-league start.

Talk about making the most of a short stint in the bigs...
Talk about making the most of a short stint in the bigs...
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Honorable mention for the Hero podium goes to Tsuyoshi Wada, whose seven innings of four-hit ball landed him fourth on the WPA list on Wednesday night, primarily because nothing after the third inning mattered anymore. Also to Yoervis Medina for his first relief appearance as a Cub in which he pitched two innings and didn't walk anybody.

Graphs for Game 63 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 63 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 63:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T Wada

7

4

0

0

2

6

0.22

.071

Y Medina

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

Total

9

4

0

0

2

6

0.18

.072

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

D Fowler

4

2

1

0

0

2

2

0.18

.041

A Rizzo

4

1

2

1

2

0

1

0.46

.010

M Baxter

1

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

.000

K Bryant

6

1

2

1

4

0

0

0.08

-.012

C Coghlan

3

3

2

0

0

3

0

0.18

.044

S Castro

5

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.37

-.028

K Schwarber

5

3

4

0

2

0

0

0.31

.173

C Denorfia

5

2

2

1

4

0

0

0.31

.083

D Ross

5

1

1

0

0

0

2

0.19

-.025

A Russell

5

2

2

1

3

0

1

0.19

.142

Total

43

17

18

4

16

5

6

0.23

.428

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 - Kyle Schwarber (.173). It wasn't a majestic triple, but hey, three bases is three bases.
  • Hero - Addison Russell (.142). His homer in the second was all that he needed for the second step.
  • Sidekick - Chris Denorfia (.083). Doubled in the second, and added the three-run bomb in the third just for good measure.

THE THREE GOATS: Or more appropriately for Wednesday, the three guys who didn't get a hit before it became a 6-0 game:

  • Billy Goat - Starlin Castro (-.028). Singled in the third, but it was too late to make much difference.
  • Goat - David Ross (-.025). Also singled in the third, and it was definitely too late to make any difference.
  • Kid - Kris Bryant (-.012). In my best Chris Farley: "Remember that time, uh, when you were playing Cleveland, and you were up by 13 runs, and it was the ninth inning, and, uh, the bases were loaded, and they had that outfielder (David Murphy) pitching, and he threw you a batting practice fastball, and you crushed the snot out of it, and it landed somewhere in Lake Erie?

    ...That was awesome."
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 63 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

Addison Russell climbs into third place on the plus/minus chart, while Castro finds himself once again just outside of the cellar door.

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

Addison Russell

4

2.5

5.5

22.5

x-Jorge Soler

2

6

1

19

Jake Arrieta

4.5

2

0.5

18

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

x-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

James Russell

0

3

1

7

x-Matt Szczur

2

0

0

6

x-Junior Lake

1

1

1

6

Tsuyoshi Wada

1

1

0

5

x-Brian Schlitter

0

2

1

5

Jason Motte

0

1

3

5

x-Phil Coke

1

0

0.5

3.5

Justin Grimm

0

0

3.5

3.5

Chris Denorfia

0

0

3.5

3.5

Kyle Schwarber

1

0

0

3

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

7

3

8

35

x-Jorge Soler

4

8

4

32

Chris Coghlan

2

6

8

26

Dexter Fowler

3

5.5

5.5

25.5

Kris Bryant

3

4

4

21

Miguel Montero

2

5

4

20

Anthony Rizzo

2

6

1

19

Addison Russell

0

5

5

15

Pedro Strop

4

1

0

14

Hector Rondon

4

1

0

14

Jon Lester

4

0

1

13

Jake Arrieta

4

0

1

13

x-Zac Rosscup

3

1

1

12

Kyle Hendricks

3

1

0

11

x-Brian Schlitter

3

0

1

10

David Ross

0

3.5

2.5

9.5

Tsuyoshi Wada

3

0

0

9

Travis Wood

2

1

1

9

Jason Hammel

1

3

0

9

Edwin Jackson

2

1

0

8

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

21

17

Addison Russell

22.5

15

7.5

Jason Hammel

16

9

7

Jonathan Herrera

8

2

6

Miguel Montero

25.5

20

5.5

Jake Arrieta

18

13

5

Kyle Schwarber

3

0

3

Chris Denorfia

3.5

1

2.5

James Russell

7

5

2

x-Matt Szczur

6

4

2

Dexter Fowler

27

25.5

1.5

x-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

Jon Lester

10

13

-3

x-Zac Rosscup

9

12

-3

Kyle Hendricks

8

11

-3

Mike Baxter

0

3

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

Justin Grimm

3.5

7

-3.5

Tsuyoshi Wada

5

9

-4

x-Mike Olt

0

4

-4

x-Brian Schlitter

5

10

-5

x-Welington Castillo

2

7

-5

Pedro Strop

8.5

14

-5.5

Edwin Jackson

0

8

-8

David Ross

1

9.5

-8.5

Chris Coghlan

17

26

-9

Starlin Castro

23

35

-12

x-Jorge Soler

19

32

-13