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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 72

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Some nights you give up a hitter's first major-league home run that just happens to tie the game. Okay, maybe one night in your career.

Well, the Billy Goat wasn't available for a photo on Friday, so we'll go with the reason he ended up there instead.
Well, the Billy Goat wasn't available for a photo on Friday, so we'll go with the reason he ended up there instead.
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But to be completely honest, had Pedro Strop only allowed the homer and not the baserunners afterward, it would have been someone else at the top of the Goat podium on Friday night.

So who gets the Marmol of the Game? You make the call.

Graphs for Game 72 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 72 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 72:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Arrieta

7

3

0

1

2

7

1.07

.303

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

0

2

1.72

.125

J Russell

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

3.46

.085

J Motte

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

3.67

.079

J Grimm

0

2

0

0

1

0

2.49

-.375

P Strop

0.1

1

1

1

1

0

2.33

-.386

Total

9

6

1

2

4

9

1.52

-.169

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

M Baxter

5

0

3

0

1

0

0

1.56

.086

D Ross

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.68

.057

M Montero

3

1

1

0

0

1

0

0.77

.031

C Denorfia

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.78

.031

C Coghlan

3

0

1

0

0

1

0

1.16

.016

J Arrieta

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.48

-.022

K Bryant

4

0

1

0

1

0

2

1.49

-.039

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2.23

-.055

A Rizzo

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.3

-.069

A Russell

3

0

1

0

0

1

1

1.72

-.081

D Fowler

5

1

1

0

0

0

3

1.93

-.083

S Castro

5

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.79

-.097

J Herrera

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

4.36

-.107

Total

38

2

12

0

2

3

8

1.55

-.331

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 - Jake Arrieta (.303). Can't really ask for much more than what Jake gave the Cubs on Friday night.
  • Hero - Hector Rondon (.125). Pitched a perfect ninth to sandwich the inning between two Goats. (I know; spoiler alert!)
  • Sidekick - Mike Baxter (.086). Got the game-tying run with one of his three hits in the game. That throw in the 10th, however...

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Pedro Strop (-.386). Of all of the people... Greg Garcia?? Really??
  • Goat - Justin Grimm (-.375). The ball that hit second base in the 10th might have missed it had Grimm not deflected it ever so slightly.
  • Kid - Jonathan Herrera (-.107). No magic in the hat of Mr. Rally Bucket on Friday night as he whiffed with two on to end the 10th.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 72 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

Arrieta pushes to a double-digit plus figure for the first time this season and closes in on second place on the chart in the process.

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

6.5

2

0.5

24

Jason Hammel

5

2

0

19

x-Jorge Soler

2

6

1

19

Chris Coghlan

4

0

5

17

Hector Rondon

0

6

3.5

15.5

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

Mike Baxter

0

0

1.5

1.5

David Ross

0

0

1

1

Yoervis Medina

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

7

2

22

Miguel Montero

2

5

5

21

Addison Russell

1

6

6

21

Kyle Hendricks

5

1

0

17

Pedro Strop

5

1

0

17

Jon Lester

5

0

1

16

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

Justin Grimm

0

4

3

11

David Ross

0

3.5

3.5

10.5

x-Brian Schlitter

3

0

1

10

Travis Wood

2

1

1

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

Jonathan Herrera

0

0

3

3

x-Kyle Schwarber

0

1

0

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

24

13

11

Jason Hammel

19

12

7

Miguel Montero

27.5

21

6.5

Jonathan Herrera

8

3

5

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

Hector Rondon

15.5

14

1.5

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

Jason Motte

6

7

-1

x-Neil Ramirez

0

1

-1

Mike Baxter

1.5

3

-1.5

Jon Lester

13

16

-3

x-Zac Rosscup

9

12

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

x-Mike Olt

0

4

-4

x-Brian Schlitter

5

10

-5

Edwin Jackson

3

8

-5

x-Welington Castillo

2

7

-5

Justin Grimm

5.5

11

-5.5

Tsuyoshi Wada

5

12

-7

Pedro Strop

9.5

17

-7.5

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