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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 50

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Another starting pitcher lands at the top of the podium on Tuesday night; unfortunately, it was the wrong podium as Kyle Hendricks tops the Goats in the Cubs' 5-2 loss.

That's just how it goes some nights.
That's just how it goes some nights.
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Meanwhile, it was a rare sighting at the top of the Hero podium on Tuesday night. A quite rare one.

Also, my apologies for missing the poll from Monday's game, although I'm guessing that Jason Hammel would have won in a landslide.

Graphs for Game 50 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 50 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 50:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

E Jackson

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.07

.005

Z Rosscup

1

1

1

1

0

0

0.23

-.041

K Hendricks

6

7

0

4

2

7

1.36

-.279

Total

8

8

1

5

2

7

1.11

-.315

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lake

4

0

2

0

1

0

1

0.89

.178

A Rizzo

3

1

1

0

1

1

0

0.56

.124

D Fowler

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0.75

.031

S Castro

3

0

1

0

0

1

0

1.16

-.007

J Herrera

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.73

-.036

D Ross

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.96

-.041

K Hendricks

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.94

-.049

A Russell

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

1.36

-.052

M Montero

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.02

-.053

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

2.85

-.064

C Coghlan

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.69

-.075

K Bryant

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.09

-.141

Total

33

2

8

0

2

3

7

1.05

-.185

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 - Junior Lake (.178). It's been quite a while since we've seen Lake at the top of the Hero podium; in fact, his last appearance here was September 10, 2014 in somewhat unspectacular fashion.
  • Hero - Anthony Rizzo (.124). Meanwhile, Rizzo just keeps on racking up podium appearances. He hasn't moved from the second stair in three games.
  • Sidekick - Dexter Fowler (.031). The only Cub remaining other than Edwin Jackson (!!) who was above zero for the night.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Kyle Hendricks (-.279). Almost got out of his jam in the fifth, but just couldn't get that third out before it unraveled.
  • Goat - Kris Bryant (-.141). Gave one a ride to the opposite field in the third, but it came up short on the track.
  • Kid - Chris Coghlan (-.075). Gets a hard-luck final podium spot as a result of Addison Russell being thrown out at second base in the ninth.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 50 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

The lead at the top of the plus/minus chart balloons to 20 points with Rizzo and Bryant both moving in opposite directions on Tuesday night.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

7

12

1

46

Kris Bryant

4

7

5

31

Dexter Fowler

6

2

5

27

Jorge Soler

2

6

1

19

Miguel Montero

4.5

2.5

0

18.5

Addison Russell

3

1

5

16

Starlin Castro

2

3

4

16

Jake Arrieta

3.5

1.5

0

13.5

Jason Hammel

3

2

0

13

Hector Rondon

0

4

3.5

11.5

Chris Coghlan

2

0

4

10

Jon Lester

3

0

0

9

Zac Rosscup

2

0

3

9

Kyle Hendricks

2

0

2

8

Jonathan Herrera

1

2

1

8

Tsuyoshi Wada

1

1

0

5

Junior Lake

1

1

0

5

Travis Wood

1

0

1.5

4.5

James Russell

0

2

0

4

x-Phil Coke

1

0

0.5

3.5

Pedro Strop

0

0

3.5

3.5

Matt Szczur

1

0

0

3

x-Brian Schlitter

0

1

1

3

Jason Motte

0

0

3

3

x-Chris Denorfia

0

0

2.5

2.5

Justin Grimm

0

0

2.5

2.5

x-Welington Castillo

0

1

0

2

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

1

0

2

David Ross

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Jorge Soler

4

8

4

32

Starlin Castro

5

2

7

26

Dexter Fowler

3

5

3

22

Chris Coghlan

2

5

6

22

Kris Bryant

3

3

2

17

Pedro Strop

4

1

0

14

Miguel Montero

2

2

4

14

Addison Russell

0

5

3

13

Zac Rosscup

3

1

1

12

Anthony Rizzo

1

4

1

12

x-Brian Schlitter

3

0

1

10

Jake Arrieta

3

0

1

10

Hector Rondon

3

0

0

9

Travis Wood

2

1

1

9

Edwin Jackson

2

1

0

8

Kyle Hendricks

2

1

0

8

Jon Lester

2

0

1

7

Jason Motte

1

2

0

7

Jason Hammel

1

2

0

7

x-Welington Castillo

1

1

2

7

David Ross

0

2

2

6

x-Mike Olt

1

0

1

4

Matt Szczur

0

1

2

4

Justin Grimm

0

1

2

4

Tsuyoshi Wada

1

0

0

3

x-Gonzalez Germen

1

0

0

3

x-Phil Coke

0

1

1

3

James Russell

0

1

0

2

Jonathan Herrera

0

0

2

2

Junior Lake

0

0

1

1

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

0

1

1

x-Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

46

12

34

Kris Bryant

31

17

14

Jason Hammel

13

7

6

Jonathan Herrera

8

2

6

Dexter Fowler

27

22

5

Miguel Montero

18.5

14

4.5

Junior Lake

5

1

4

Jake Arrieta

13.5

10

3.5

Addison Russell

16

13

3

Hector Rondon

11.5

9

2.5

x-Chris Denorfia

2.5

0

2.5

Jon Lester

9

7

2

Tsuyoshi Wada

5

3

2

James Russell

4

2

2

x-Arismendy Alcantara

2

1

1

x-Phil Coke

3.5

3

0.5

Kyle Hendricks

8

8

0

Matt Szczur

3

4

-1

x-Neil Ramirez

0

1

-1

Justin Grimm

2.5

4

-1.5

Zac Rosscup

9

12

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

Jason Motte

3

7

-4

x-Mike Olt

0

4

-4

Travis Wood

4.5

9

-4.5

x-Welington Castillo

2

7

-5

David Ross

1

6

-5

x-Brian Schlitter

3

10

-7

Edwin Jackson

0

8

-8

Starlin Castro

16

26

-10

Pedro Strop

3.5

14

-10.5

Chris Coghlan

10

22

-12

Jorge Soler

19

32

-13