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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 51

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Jon Lester's first game at Marlins Park ends with a thud as he becomes the fourth Cubs starter in a row to stand at the top of a podium.

The starters in the past four games: Superheroes 2, Billy Goats 2.
The starters in the past four games: Superheroes 2, Billy Goats 2.
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Will Jake Arrieta complete the cycle later this evening against the Nationals?  Stay tuned.

Graphs for Game 51 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 51 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 51:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Russell

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.05

.002

E Jackson

1.2

2

0

0

1

2

0.2

-.002

T Wood

0.1

2

0

1

0

0

0.33

-.021

J Lester

5

9

2

6

1

4

0.57

-.291

Total

8

14

2

7

2

6

0.44

-.312

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

M Szczur

1

0

1

0

1

0

0

1.05

.049

A Rizzo

3

1

1

0

0

2

0

0.3

.024

S Castro

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.53

.017

M Baxter

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.26

.011

C Coghlan

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.65

-.020

J Lester

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.4

-.020

J Lake

5

1

1

1

2

0

2

0.54

-.030

K Bryant

5

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.39

-.035

A Russell

4

0

2

0

0

0

1

0.7

-.042

D Fowler

5

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.54

-.070

D Ross

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.7

-.070

Total

35

3

8

1

3

4

8

0.53

-.188

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 - Matt Szczur (.049). His second Superhero award of the season; the first one came 44 games ago against the Reds.
  • Hero - Anthony Rizzo (.024). I'm beginning to think that he's never going to leave the podium. Someone's going to need to rename this as the Rizzo Step.
  • Sidekick - Starlin Castro (.017). He hit that triple a long way in the sixth.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jon Lester (-.291). Maybe someone should have told him that it was still May.
  • Goat / Kid tie - Dexter Fowler and David Ross (-.070). Between them they were a combined 0-for-8. But there was a walk from Ross, so it wasn't a complete washout.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 51 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

Rizzo just keeps piling on to his lead at the top, with the rest of the pack other than Kris Bryant no longer in the same time zone on the plus/minus chart.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

7

13

1

48

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

Starlin Castro

2

3

5

17

Addison Russell

3

1

5

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

Matt Szczur

2

0

0

6

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

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

5.5

3.5

23.5

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

Jon Lester

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

David Ross

0

2.5

2.5

7.5

Jason Motte

1

2

0

7

Jason Hammel

1

2

0

7

x-Welington Castillo

1

1

2

7

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

48

12

36

Kris Bryant

31

17

14

Jason Hammel

13

7

6

Jonathan Herrera

8

2

6

Miguel Montero

18.5

14

4.5

Junior Lake

5

1

4

Dexter Fowler

27

23.5

3.5

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

Matt Szczur

6

4

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

Jon Lester

9

10

-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

7.5

-6.5

x-Brian Schlitter

3

10

-7

Edwin Jackson

0

8

-8

Starlin Castro

17

26

-9

Pedro Strop

3.5

14

-10.5

Chris Coghlan

10

22

-12

Jorge Soler

19

32

-13