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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 65

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There's not much surprise as to who took the top of the Goat podium on Friday night. Actually, there's no surprise at all.

One man, alone with only his thoughts.
One man, alone with only his thoughts.
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As for the Hero podium, there were only three Cubs above a zero WPA on Friday night. And for one of them it's been way too long.

Graphs for Game 65 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 65 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 65:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

E Jackson

3

1

0

0

1

2

0.04

.012

K Hendricks

5

11

0

6

1

1

0.78

-.264

Total

8

12

0

6

2

3

0.59

-.252

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

4

2

2

2

2

0

0

0.44

.062

M Montero

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.6

.015

A Russell

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.48

-.032

K Schwarber

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.5

-.039

K Bryant

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.43

-.045

C Denorfia

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.56

-.046

S Castro

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.68

-.049

D Fowler

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.48

-.051

C Coghlan

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.83

-.064

Total

30

2

4

2

2

0

4

0.54

-.248

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 - Anthony Rizzo (.062). Okay, I really should clarify things a bit more. When I said that I wanted Rizzo to go back to doing his magic on the Hero podium, I didn't mean that everyone else on the team should fall asleep while he does it. I mean, give the guy a run for the money.
  • Hero - Miguel Montero (.015). Had the third of the Cubs' four hits and got it in his first at-bat.
  • Sidekick - Edwin Jackson (.012). Things you don't want to hear 65 games into the season, especially with a player making $11 million a year: This is his first Hero podium appearance of 2015.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Kyle Hendricks (-.264). Yeah, that was an ugly night.
  • Goat - Chris Coghlan (-.064). Had the bad luck of striking out when the Cubs actually managed to have a runner on base as well as making the first out of the inning twice in his other two at-bats.
  • Kid - Dexter Fowler (-.051). One of two 0-for-4 performances on the night including a double play to render Rizzo's homer in the bottom of the ninth statistically irrelevant.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 65 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

Rizzo finds his way back to a 20-point lead on the plus/minus chart, while Coghlan cuts in front of Starlin Castro for the spot in front of the cellar door.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

9

15

1

58

Kris Bryant

6

7

6

38

Dexter Fowler

6

2

6

28

Miguel Montero

5.5

5.5

0

27.5

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

Edwin Jackson

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

7

8

28

Dexter Fowler

3

5.5

6.5

26.5

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

Kyle Hendricks

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

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

58

20

38

Kris Bryant

38

21

17

Miguel Montero

27.5

20

7.5

Addison Russell

22.5

15

7.5

Jonathan Herrera

8

2

6

Kyle Schwarber

6

0

6

Jake Arrieta

18

13

5

Jason Hammel

16

12

4

Chris Denorfia

3.5

1

2.5

James Russell

7

5

2

x-Matt Szczur

6

4

2

Dexter Fowler

28

26.5

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

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

Kyle Hendricks

8

14

-6

Edwin Jackson

1

8

-7

David Ross

1

9.5

-8.5

Starlin Castro

25

35

-10

Chris Coghlan

17

28

-11

x-Jorge Soler

19

32

-13