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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 69

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Jason Hammel held up his end of the bargain in the pitcher's duel against Zack Greinke on Tuesday night, earning the Superhero award for his efforts.

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And today we present the "erratic heartbeat" chart, which is probably what most Cubs fans were feeling as they were watching this game unfold.

Graphs for Game 69 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 69 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 69:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Hammel

7.2

2

0

0

2

6

1.23

.411

P Strop

1

1

0

0

1

1

2.33

.123

J Motte

1

0

0

0

0

1

1.7

.123

H Rondon

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

3.9

.103

Total

10

3

0

0

3

8

1.5

.760

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

C Denorfia

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

3.62

.142

D Fowler

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

3.42

.129

M Szczur

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

1.5

.038

A Rizzo

3

0

1

0

0

1

0

1.12

.033

C Coghlan

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.71

.013

M Baxter

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

1.51

-.017

J Hammel

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.79

-.058

M Montero

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

1.62

-.073

K Bryant

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

1.74

-.092

S Castro

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.77

-.181

A Russell

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.58

-.194

Total

33

1

5

0

1

3

8

1.57

-.260

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 - Jason Hammel (.411). His second-best start of the season by game score standards, coming just two points short of his eight-inning gem against Pittsburgh on April 27.
  • Hero - Chris Denorfia (.142). Sent the crowd home happy with the sac fly and got a little Superman treatment from Anthony Rizzo in the postgame celebration.
  • Sidekick - Dexter Fowler (.129). Some nights, all you need is a little patience.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Addison Russell (-.194). The forceout in the tenth sealed the top spot, but it was a good fight against a tough opponent in Kenley Jansen.
  • Goat - Starlin Castro (-.181). Three chances on the night with runners on and came up empty.
  • Kid - Kris Bryant (-.092). Also had a couple of chances with runners on and couldn't capitalize.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 69 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

Hammel moves back into fifth place overall on the plus/minus chart, while Castro joins Jorge Soler in the basement.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

9

17

1

62

Kris Bryant

7

7

6

41

Dexter Fowler

6

2

7

29

Miguel Montero

5.5

5.5

0

27.5

Starlin Castro

3

5

7

26

Addison Russell

4

2.5

5.5

22.5

Jake Arrieta

5.5

2

0.5

21

Jason Hammel

5

2

0

19

x-Jorge Soler

2

6

1

19

Chris Coghlan

4

0

5

17

Hector Rondon

0

5

3.5

13.5

Jon Lester

4

0

1

13

Travis Wood

1

2

2.5

9.5

Pedro Strop

1

0

6.5

9.5

x-Zac Rosscup

2

0

3

9

Kyle Hendricks

2

0

2

8

Jonathan Herrera

1

2

1

8

James Russell

0

3

1

7

Matt Szczur

2

0

0

6

x-Kyle Schwarber

2

0

0

6

x-Junior Lake

1

1

1

6

Jason Motte

0

1

4

6

Chris Denorfia

0

1

3.5

5.5

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

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

5

8

39

x-Jorge Soler

4

8

4

32

Dexter Fowler

4

5.5

6.5

29.5

Chris Coghlan

2

7

8

28

Kris Bryant

4

5

5

27

Anthony Rizzo

2

6

2

20

Miguel Montero

2

5

4

20

Addison Russell

1

5

6

19

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

Tsuyoshi Wada

4

0

0

12

x-Zac Rosscup

3

1

1

12

Jason Hammel

2

3

0

12

David Ross

0

3.5

3.5

10.5

x-Brian Schlitter

3

0

1

10

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

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

x-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

62

20

42

Kris Bryant

41

27

14

Jake Arrieta

21

13

8

Miguel Montero

27.5

20

7.5

Jason Hammel

19

12

7

Jonathan Herrera

8

2

6

x-Kyle Schwarber

6

2

4

Addison Russell

22.5

19

3.5

Chris Denorfia

5.5

2

3.5

James Russell

7

5

2

Matt Szczur

6

4

2

x-Junior Lake

6

5

1

x-Arismendy Alcantara

2

1

1

Travis Wood

9.5

9

0.5

x-Phil Coke

3.5

3

0.5

Jon Lester

13

13

0

Dexter Fowler

29

29.5

-0.5

Hector Rondon

13.5

14

-0.5

Jason Motte

6

7

-1

x-Neil Ramirez

0

1

-1

x-Zac Rosscup

9

12

-3

Mike Baxter

0

3

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

x-Mike Olt

0

4

-4

Pedro Strop

9.5

14

-4.5

x-Brian Schlitter

5

10

-5

x-Welington Castillo

2

7

-5

Justin Grimm

3.5

9

-5.5

Kyle Hendricks

8

14

-6

Tsuyoshi Wada

5

12

-7

Edwin Jackson

1

8

-7

David Ross

1

10.5

-9.5

Chris Coghlan

17

28

-11

Starlin Castro

26

39

-13

x-Jorge Soler

19

32

-13