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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 71

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Jon Lester takes the top of the Goat podium on Thursday afternoon, and he only needed two innings to do it.

Hey, Jon... the Hero podium's actually over THERE.
Hey, Jon... the Hero podium's actually over THERE.
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You might not want to look at the hitting section of the statistics for this game... it's really not all that pretty.

Graphs for Game 71 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 71 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 71:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

E Jackson

1.2

1

0

0

1

2

0.2

.015

Y Medina

2

1

0

0

0

2

0.12

.014

J Russell

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

0.4

.010

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

1

0

0.05

.003

J Lester

4

4

0

4

4

5

0.81

-.270

Total

9

6

0

4

6

9

0.5

-.229

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

4

0

3

0

0

0

0

0.57

.106

J Herrera

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.57

.006

C Coghlan

2

0

0

0

0

2

1

0.91

-.007

M Baxter

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.59

-.009

S Castro

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.19

-.009

D Ross

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.9

-.011

D Fowler

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.49

-.012

K Bryant

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.31

-.035

J Lester

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.91

-.036

M Montero

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.64

-.047

C Denorfia

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0.7

-.050

M Szczur

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.07

-.076

A Russell

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.95

-.090

Total

32

0

8

0

0

3

8

0.73

-.271

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 (.106). When you're one of only two hitters in positive territory and the other hitter is 100 points behind you... yeah, that's not good.
  • Hero - Edwin Jackson (.015). If the hitting has an off-day, then pitching more than one inning without giving up a run will get you to the Hero promised land.
  • Sidekick - Yoervis Medina (.014). Picks up his first-ever podium appearance as a Cub. Welcome to the party, Yoervis!

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jon Lester (-.270). Is it possible to get a mulligan for those first two innings?
  • Goat - Addison Russell (-.090). Just keeps bouncing back and forth between podiums. Maybe he really likes running up and down stairs.
  • Kid - Matt Szczur (-.076). See that small spike on the graph in the fifth inning? See the drop that immediately follows it?  Yeah, that was Szczur.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 71 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

Rizzo pushes the plus/minus lead back toward the 30-point mark, while Lester joins the ranks of starting pitchers in negative territory.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

10

17

1

65

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

Edwin Jackson

0

1

1

3

x-Welington Castillo

0

1

0

2

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

1

0

2

David Ross

0

0

1

1

Yoervis Medina

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

6

6

21

Kyle Hendricks

5

1

0

17

Jon Lester

5

0

1

16

Pedro Strop

4

1

0

14

Hector Rondon

4

1

0

14

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

Matt Szczur

0

1

3

5

x-Mike Olt

1

0

1

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

65

22

43

Kris Bryant

41

27

14

Jake Arrieta

21

13

8

Jason Hammel

19

12

7

Miguel Montero

27.5

21

6.5

Jonathan Herrera

8

2

6

Addison Russell

25.5

21

4.5

x-Kyle Schwarber

6

2

4

Chris Denorfia

5.5

2

3.5

James Russell

7.5

5

2.5

Matt Szczur

6

5

1

x-Junior Lake

6

5

1

x-Arismendy Alcantara

2

1

1

Yoervis Medina

1

0

1

Travis Wood

9.5

9

0.5

x-Phil Coke

3.5

3

0.5

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

Jon Lester

13

16

-3

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

Edwin Jackson

3

8

-5

x-Welington Castillo

2

7

-5

Tsuyoshi Wada

5

12

-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