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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 64

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The top of the Goat podium was determined on Thursday night in some part by Mother Nature.

Could Hammel have avoided the top step with another inning of work?
Could Hammel have avoided the top step with another inning of work?
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But only in part, and who knows just how big of a part. As is the case with how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, the world may never know.

Graphs for Game 64 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 64 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 64:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T Wood

2.1

3

0

1

0

2

1.24

.074

P Strop

1

0

0

0

1

3

0.69

.044

J Russell

0.1

1

0

0

0

0

0.97

.021

J Grimm

0.1

1

0

0

0

0

2.34

-.163

J Hammel

4

3

0

2

2

6

0.93

-.176

Total

8

8

0

3

3

11

1.05

-.199

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Schwarber

4

2

2

1

2

0

1

1.54

.165

S Castro

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.34

.113

D Fowler

5

0

2

0

0

0

1

1.15

.084

C Coghlan

3

1

1

0

0

0

1

1.24

-.010

K Bryant

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

1.49

-.050

M Montero

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

1.79

-.076

A Russell

3

0

0

0

0

1

2

1.41

-.082

M Baxter

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

4.15

-.102

D Ross

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

4.79

-.105

C Denorfia

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.58

-.109

A Rizzo

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.35

-.128

Total

34

3

7

1

2

2

13

1.59

-.301

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 (.165). I know it won't happen, but how funny would it be to see Schwarber take the top spot on the Hero podium five times before he heads back to Iowa? It'd be pretty giggle-worthy, at least for me.
  • Hero - Starlin Castro (.113). Or more appropriately, Starlin Castro's forearm.
  • Sidekick - Dexter Fowler (.084). With a fruit basket to Francisco Lindor for his error that allowed Schwarber to score in the third.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jason Hammel (-.176). Perhaps without the rain delay Hammel would have had a chance at some redemption with a fifth inning of work. He probably wouldn't have gone much further than that since he was already at 86 pitches through four.
  • Goat - Justin Grimm (-.163). I'm thinking that he's going to get a lot of votes for the Marmol of the Game.
  • Kid - Anthony Rizzo (-.128). Uh, Rizz... you've given enough points back now. You can start working your magic on the Hero podium again whenever you're ready. But thanks for keeping the plus/minus chart somewhat respectable.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 64 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

With a second straight Superhero award, Schwarber moves into a tie for fourth with Mr. Rally Bucket himself, Jonathan Herrera.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

8

15

1

55

Kris Bryant

6

7

6

38

Dexter Fowler

6

2

6

28

Miguel Montero

5.5

4.5

0

25.5

Starlin Castro

3

5

6

25

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

Kyle Schwarber

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

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

Anthony Rizzo

2

6

2

20

Miguel Montero

2

5

4

20

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

Jason Hammel

2

3

0

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

Justin Grimm

0

3

3

9

Edwin Jackson

2

1

0

8

Jason Motte

1

2

0

7

x-Welington Castillo

1

1

2

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

20

35

Kris Bryant

38

21

17

Addison Russell

22.5

15

7.5

Jonathan Herrera

8

2

6

Kyle Schwarber

6

0

6

Miguel Montero

25.5

20

5.5

Jake Arrieta

18

13

5

Jason Hammel

16

12

4

Dexter Fowler

28

25.5

2.5

Chris Denorfia

3.5

1

2.5

James Russell

7

5

2

x-Matt Szczur

6

4

2

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

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

Justin Grimm

3.5

9

-5.5

Edwin Jackson

0

8

-8

David Ross

1

9.5

-8.5

Chris Coghlan

17

26

-9

Starlin Castro

25

35

-10

x-Jorge Soler

19

32

-13