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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 74

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Deep in the soggy St. Louis night, the Cubs headed out after a sweep at the hands of the Cardinals and a losing streak now at five games.

Should have kept the rain dance up longer, perhaps.
Should have kept the rain dance up longer, perhaps.
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I will hand it to the St. Louis television weather crews: When there are tornadoes in the area (and that happens a lot around here), they do an excellent job of keeping people informed. Maybe too good of a job as they stay in "Storm Mode" for what can be hours at times, but that's better than too little coverage, I'd say.

Graphs for Game 74 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 74 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 74:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

0

2

0.19

.014

N Ramirez

1

0

0

0

0

2

0.13

.010

J Motte

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.09

.005

J Russell

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.43

-.016

J Hammel

4

6

0

4

1

7

0.87

-.233

Total

8

8

0

4

1

12

0.61

-.221

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

C Coghlan

3

0

2

0

0

1

1

0.66

.124

D Fowler

5

1

1

0

0

0

2

1.02

.076

M Szczur

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.84

.043

A Rizzo

2

0

0

0

1

1

0

1.13

-.027

M Baxter

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.63

-.036

M Montero

3

0

0

0

0

1

2

0.8

-.041

K Bryant

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.08

-.054

J Hammel

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.17

-.063

C Denorfia

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.27

-.070

S Castro

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.01

-.101

A Russell

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.39

-.131

Total

33

1

6

0

1

3

9

1.06

-.279

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 - Chris Coghlan (.124). Another nice day for Coghlan, getting on base three times.
  • Hero - Dexter Fowler (.076). A double-fruit-basket podium for Fowler, reaching once on an error and then getting additional points for advancing on a wild pitch by Carlos Martinez.
  • Sidekick - Matt Szczur (.043). Kept the Cubs' fleeting hopes alive temporarily with a single in the ninth.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jason Hammel (-.233). Maybe the rain delay just took a lot out of him.
  • Goat - Addison Russell (-.131). Well, two Goat podiums in a row means that he's absolutely due to top the Hero podium in his next outing.
  • Kid - Starlin Castro (-.101). Along with Russell, had the other of the two 0-for-4 outings on the night.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 74 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

Coghlan continues his impressive climb from deep negative territory, while Castro settles into familiar ground in front of the cellar door once again.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

10

17

2

66

Kris Bryant

7

7

6

41

Dexter Fowler

6

3

7

31

Starlin Castro

3

6

7

28

Miguel Montero

5.5

5.5

0

27.5

Addison Russell

5

2.5

5.5

25.5

Jake Arrieta

6.5

2

0.5

24

Chris Coghlan

6

0

5

23

Jason Hammel

5

2

0

19

x-Jorge Soler

2

6

1

19

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

1

7

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

x-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

9

40

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

Addison Russell

1

8

6

25

Anthony Rizzo

2

7

2

22

Miguel Montero

2

5

5

21

Kyle Hendricks

5

1

0

17

Pedro Strop

5

1

0

17

Jon Lester

5

0

1

16

Jason Hammel

3

3

0

15

Hector Rondon

4

1

0

14

Jake Arrieta

4

0

1

13

x-Tsuyoshi Wada

4

0

0

12

x-Zac Rosscup

3

1

1

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

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

66

22

44

Kris Bryant

41

27

14

Jake Arrieta

24

13

11

Miguel Montero

27.5

21

6.5

Jonathan Herrera

8

3

5

Jason Hammel

19

15

4

x-Kyle Schwarber

6

2

4

Chris Denorfia

5.5

2

3.5

James Russell

7.5

5

2.5

Matt Szczur

7

5

2

Dexter Fowler

31

29.5

1.5

Hector Rondon

15.5

14

1.5

x-Junior Lake

6

5

1

x-Arismendy Alcantara

2

1

1

x-Yoervis Medina

1

0

1

Addison Russell

25.5

25

0.5

x-Phil Coke

3.5

3

0.5

Travis Wood

9.5

10

-0.5

Jason Motte

6

7

-1

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

Chris Coghlan

23

28

-5

x-Brian Schlitter

5

10

-5

Edwin Jackson

3

8

-5

x-Welington Castillo

2

7

-5

Justin Grimm

5.5

11

-5.5

x-Tsuyoshi Wada

5

12

-7

Pedro Strop

9.5

17

-7.5

Kyle Hendricks

8

17

-9

David Ross

1

10.5

-9.5

Starlin Castro

28

40

-12

x-Jorge Soler

19

32

-13