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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 66

Starlin Castro delivered the heroics on Saturday afternoon, but it was Jon Lester who took the top of the Hero podium with his pitching performance.

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Apparently looking back at the poll for Friday's game, there's a chance that I may have left someone's name off of the list by mistake (actually, it's more than a chance, I'd say) as almost half of the poll vote went to "Someone else". Rest assured that the "Someone else" will be appearing in this poll.

Graphs for Game 66 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 66 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 66:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lester

6.1

3

1

1

3

7

1.04

.299

J Motte

1

1

0

0

0

0

2.21

.219

P Strop

1

1

0

0

1

0

1.83

.112

J Grimm

0.2

1

0

0

0

1

1.55

.051

H Rondon

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.79

.046

J Russell

0

0

0

0

1

0

2.3

-.073

Total

10

7

1

1

5

8

1.26

.654

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

5

1

2

0

1

0

0

1.57

.281

S Castro

5

0

2

0

2

0

1

2.04

.125

C Coghlan

4

1

1

0

0

1

2

2.03

.048

M Montero

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.32

-.009

D Ross

4

0

2

0

0

0

1

1.86

-.015

A Russell

3

1

1

0

0

0

2

1.49

-.058

D Fowler

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

1.53

-.100

C Denorfia

4

0

1

0

1

1

1

1.76

-.116

K Schwarber

5

0

1

0

0

0

3

1.51

-.144

K Bryant

4

0

0

0

0

1

1

1.63

-.165

Total

40

4

12

0

4

3

11

1.69

-.154

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 - Jon Lester (.299). With an outing like the one he was having on Saturday, I probably wouldn't have wanted to come out of the game either.
  • Hero - Anthony Rizzo (.281). So I guess he's back into full Hero podium mode again.
  • Sidekick - Jason Motte (.219). Earned bonus points for navigating around the inherited runner from James Russell.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Kris Bryant (-.165). Had his fly ball in the 10th traveled a bit further, he probably would have missed the Goat podium entirely.
  • Goat - Kyle Schwarber (-.144). It's important to see what both podiums look like, especially if you're only going to be around for a handful of games.
  • Kid - Chris Denorfia (-.116). Due primarily to his double play to end the fourth.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 66 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

The lead at the top of the plus/minus chart once again exceeds 25 points with Rizzo moving forward and Bryant moving backward on Saturday afternoon.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

9

16

1

60

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

4

0

1

13

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

Jason Motte

0

1

4

6

Tsuyoshi Wada

1

1

0

5

x-Brian Schlitter

0

2

1

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

4

4

4

24

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

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

0

2

Jonathan Herrera

0

0

2

2

Chris Denorfia

0

0

2

2

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

0

1

1

x-Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

60

20

40

Kris Bryant

38

24

14

Miguel Montero

27.5

20

7.5

Addison Russell

22.5

15

7.5

Jonathan Herrera

8

2

6

Jake Arrieta

18

13

5

Jason Hammel

16

12

4

Kyle Schwarber

6

2

4

James Russell

7

5

2

x-Matt Szczur

6

4

2

Dexter Fowler

28

26.5

1.5

Chris Denorfia

3.5

2

1.5

x-Junior Lake

6

5

1

x-Arismendy Alcantara

2

1

1

x-Phil Coke

3.5

3

0.5

Jon Lester

13

13

0

Hector Rondon

13.5

14

-0.5

Jason Motte

6

7

-1

x-Neil Ramirez

0

1

-1

Travis Wood

7.5

9

-1.5

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