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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 73

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The Cubs' losing streak moves to four games as the Donn Roach experiment fails to yield positive results.

Sometime in the future we'll probably look back and say "Who's this guy?"
Sometime in the future we'll probably look back and say "Who's this guy?"
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There was a first for the season that came from this game, though. You probably already know what it is, but if you don't I won't spoil it here.

Graphs for Game 73 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 73 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 73:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

E Jackson

2

1

0

0

1

0

0.01

.001

T Wood

2.2

4

0

4

4

3

0.51

-.163

D Roach

3.1

8

0

4

1

1

1.38

-.221

Total

8

13

0

8

6

4

0.79

-.383

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

D Roach

1

0

1

0

1

0

0

2.88

.098

C Coghlan

3

0

2

0

0

1

0

0.54

.090

S Castro

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0.39

.088

A Rizzo

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.69

.056

T Wood

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.85

.039

J Herrera

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.01

.000

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.12

-.003

D Fowler

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.73

-.015

K Bryant

3

0

0

0

0

1

2

0.51

-.069

M Baxter

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.87

-.093

M Montero

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.73

-.137

A Russell

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.36

-.170

Total

31

1

7

0

1

4

8

0.73

-.117

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:

From the "Do you believe in unlikelihoods" department: It only took 73 games and 15 attempts, but for the first time this season there's a three-way bump on the Hero podium as the .098 hitting from Donn Roach is moved out. Maybe the other Cub pitchers can learn a thing or two from him before he heads back to Iowa.

  • Superhero - Chris Coghlan (.090). Only had one hit when the game was still close, but it was a double with the next guy on the podium ahead of him on the bases.
  • Hero - Starlin Castro (.088). Both of his hits came when the game was still in reach; unfortunately for him they both came with the bases empty.
  • Sidekick - Anthony Rizzo (.056). Also had a hit with a runner on, but had two outs to go with it while the game was at least somewhat manageable.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Donn Roach (-.221). I know, Donn. If it were the same time last year, you'd be on the other podium too. But if it were the same time last year I'd be hearing about how you were on both podiums and how that's weird and I'd rather not go there again. Sorry, bud.
  • Goat - Addison Russell (-.170). Very few things will kill your day quicker than a bases-loaded double play.
  • Kid - Travis Wood (-.163). After a span of 12 outings in which he had allowed one run at most, I guess it was finally time for a clunker.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 73 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

Coghland and Castro both take advantage of the podium bump to step away from the cellar door, while Addison Russell continues his yo-yo performance back toward the zero mark.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

10

17

2

66

Kris Bryant

7

7

6

41

Dexter Fowler

6

2

7

29

Miguel Montero

5.5

5.5

0

27.5

Starlin Castro

3

6

7

28

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

5

0

5

20

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

x-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

7

6

23

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

2

10

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

Donn Roach

1

0

0

3

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

66

22

44

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

23

2.5

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

x-Yoervis Medina

1

0

1

Travis Wood

9.5

10

-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

Donn Roach

0

3

-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

20

28

-8

Starlin Castro

28

39

-11

x-Jorge Soler

19

32

-13