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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 52

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How do you keep Anthony Rizzo off of the Hero podium? Put pitchers all over it.

The streak continues for the starting pitchers: Superheroes 3, Billy Goats 2.
The streak continues for the starting pitchers: Superheroes 3, Billy Goats 2.
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Fun Fact: The Cubs are now 21-6 this season when the starting pitcher records a quality start. They are 7-18 when the starter does not.

Graphs for Game 52 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 52 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 52:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Arrieta

6

6

0

1

0

8

1.47

.209

H Rondon

1

1

0

0

1

0

4.74

.179

P Strop

1

0

0

0

1

0

2.47

.131

J Russell

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

4.29

.094

J Motte

0.1

0

0

0

0

1

3.74

.092

J Grimm

0.1

1

0

0

1

0

3.05

-.084

Total

9

8

0

1

3

9

2.21

.620

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lake

2

0

1

0

1

1

0

1.18

.121

A Rizzo

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

1.19

.110

K Bryant

3

1

1

0

0

1

0

1.03

.042

D Fowler

4

1

2

0

0

0

1

0.84

.029

M Baxter

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.65

-.016

A Russell

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.67

-.029

D Ross

3

0

0

0

0

1

3

0.69

-.039

J Arrieta

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.9

-.047

M Szczur

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.67

-.069

C Coghlan

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.91

-.111

S Castro

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.96

-.112

Total

30

2

6

0

1

4

10

0.93

-.120

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 (.209). Had a pretty smooth first five innings and got himself out of a massive jam in the sixth with minimal damage.
  • Hero - Hector Rondon (.179). With a huge assist to David Ross on the pickoff to end the game.
  • Sidekick - Pedro Strop (.131). His eighth was rather humdrum in comparison to Rondon's ninth.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Starlin Castro (-.112). I'll just let you guys write the description for this one.
  • Goat - Chris Coghlan (-.111). Just missed beating out the double play to end the eighth.
  • Kid - Justin Grimm (-.084). Takes the final spot courtesy of allowing a walk and a bunt single that went about 20 feet.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 52 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

All of the action on Thursday night was at the basement door with Coghlan moving back to the bottom and Castro sliding precariously close to the cellar as well.

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

Jake Arrieta

4.5

1.5

0

16.5

Addison Russell

3

1

5

16

Hector Rondon

0

5

3.5

13.5

Jason Hammel

3

2

0

13

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

Pedro Strop

0

0

4.5

4.5

James Russell

0

2

0

4

x-Phil Coke

1

0

0.5

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

6

2

7

29

Chris Coghlan

2

6

6

24

Dexter Fowler

3

5.5

3.5

23.5

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

Justin Grimm

0

1

3

5

x-Mike Olt

1

0

1

4

Matt Szczur

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

Jake Arrieta

16.5

10

6.5

Jason Hammel

13

7

6

Jonathan Herrera

8

2

6

Miguel Montero

18.5

14

4.5

Hector Rondon

13.5

9

4.5

Junior Lake

5

1

4

Dexter Fowler

27

23.5

3.5

Addison Russell

16

13

3

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

5

-2.5

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

Pedro Strop

4.5

14

-9.5

Starlin Castro

17

29

-12

Jorge Soler

19

32

-13

Chris Coghlan

10

24

-14