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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 70

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A pair of early longballs plant Kyle Hendricks at the top of the Goat podium on Wednesday night.

That's the "the pitcher doubled and then I gave up a three-run homer" look.
That's the "the pitcher doubled and then I gave up a three-run homer" look.
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Not-so-fun fact: Since Kyle Hendricks' last two outings in May where he pitched a complete game and then a seven-inning game, four of his five starts since then have only been five innings each. The other start was six innings at the beginning of June.

Graphs for Game 70 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 70 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 70:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Grimm

1.2

1

0

1

0

4

0.41

.033

J Russell

1

0

0

0

0

2

0.43

.031

Y Medina

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.11

.006

E Jackson

0.1

1

0

0

0

0

0.41

-.054

K Hendricks

5

4

2

4

1

3

0.61

-.239

Total

9

7

2

5

1

10

0.49

-.222

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Russell

4

1

2

0

1

0

1

0.9

.072

M Baxter

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.67

.031

K Bryant

3

0

1

0

0

1

1

0.71

.026

C Denorfia

5

0

2

0

0

0

1

0.89

.020

C Coghlan

2

0

0

0

0

2

0

0.84

-.009

K Hendricks

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.69

-.017

J Herrera

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.78

-.019

D Fowler

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.17

-.032

S Castro

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.96

-.047

M Szczur

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.99

-.084

M Montero

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

1.34

-.104

A Rizzo

3

0

0

0

0

1

2

1.07

-.115

Total

33

2

9

0

1

4

8

0.95

-.278

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 - Addison Russell (.072). Billy Goat one day, Superhero the next thanks to his double to score the first run of the game for the Cubs.
  • Hero - Justin Grimm (.033). His longest outing of the season and the longest since he pitched just over three innings on August 23, 2014.
  • Sidekick (tie) - James Russell and Mike Baxter (.031). It's Baxter's first Hero podium as a Cub, even if he's sharing the bottom step with Russell who pitched a perfect sixth.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Kyle Hendricks (-.239). The month of June has not been kind to him (1-3, 5.88 ERA, 1.385 WHIP in five starts).
  • Goat - Anthony Rizzo (-.115). The good news is that his double play in the fifth scored a run. The bad news is that it earned him the second stair.
  • Kid - Miguel Montero (-.104). Not enough distance on his fly ball to left to end the seventh with two men on.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 70 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

Addison Russell moves into a tie for fifth on the plus/minus chart, while Hendricks falls into perilous territory near the bottom of the chart.

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

5

2.5

5.5

25.5

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

1.5

7.5

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

Justin Grimm

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

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

Mike Baxter

0

0

0.5

0.5

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

7

2

22

Miguel Montero

2

5

5

21

Addison Russell

1

5

6

19

Kyle Hendricks

5

1

0

17

Pedro Strop

4

1

0

14

Hector Rondon

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

22

40

Kris Bryant

41

27

14

Jake Arrieta

21

13

8

Jason Hammel

19

12

7

Miguel Montero

27.5

21

6.5

Addison Russell

25.5

19

6.5

Jonathan Herrera

8

2

6

x-Kyle Schwarber

6

2

4

Chris Denorfia

5.5

2

3.5

James Russell

7.5

5

2.5

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

Mike Baxter

0.5

3

-2.5

x-Zac Rosscup

9

12

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

Justin Grimm

5.5

9

-3.5

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

Tsuyoshi Wada

5

12

-7

Edwin Jackson

1

8

-7

Kyle Hendricks

8

17

-9

David Ross

1

10.5

-9.5

Chris Coghlan

17

28

-11

Starlin Castro

26

39

-13

x-Jorge Soler

19

32

-13