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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 53

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The starting pitching keeps up their podium-topping streak as Tsuyoshi Wada takes the top step of the Goat podium without much struggle on Friday night.

That's six in a row for the starters now: Superheroes 3, Billy Goats 3.
That's six in a row for the starters now: Superheroes 3, Billy Goats 3.
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Graphs for Game 53 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 53 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 53:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T Wood

2

0

0

0

0

3

0.35

.052

E Jackson

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

0.72

.017

Z Rosscup

1

1

0

1

1

1

0.18

-.025

J Grimm

1

2

0

1

0

1

0.56

-.078

T Wada

3.2

9

1

5

2

1

0.71

-.332

Total

8

12

1

7

3

6

0.56

-.367

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

4

2

2

2

3

0

0

0.7

.146

M Montero

4

1

1

1

1

0

0

0.62

.063

T Wood

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.79

.024

J Lake

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.56

-.012

T Wada

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.54

-.013

M Baxter

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.62

-.017

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.14

-.032

C Coghlan

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0.82

-.051

K Bryant

4

0

1

0

0

0

3

0.59

-.057

D Fowler

4

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.85

-.058

S Castro

4

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.85

-.061

A Russell

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.83

-.065

Total

35

5

9

3

5

0

11

0.73

-.133

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 - Anthony Rizzo (.146). His performance at the top of the WPA charts this season is starting to get scary. Good scary, but still scary.
  • Hero - Miguel Montero (.063). Maybe his issue was just with Welington Castillo playing for the Mariners. Now that Castillo's with the Diamondbacks, perhaps the funk is over.
  • Sidekick - Travis Wood (.052). Pitched a very solid fifth and sixth inning. Unfortunately, the six innings that surrounded these two were much less solid.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Tsuyoshi Wada (-.332). Setting a new career low for a game score (22) isn't the kind of career mark you normally want to shoot for.
  • Goat - Justin Grimm (-.078). Got the first two outs of the seventh without incident, but the third out proved to be much harder to accomplish.
  • Kid - Addison Russell (-.065). Knowing him, this probably means that his next podium appearance will be with the Heroes.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 53 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

It's more of the same at the top of the plus/minus chart as Rizzo extends his lead to 25 points over Kris Bryant.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

8

13

1

51

Kris Bryant

4

7

5

31

Dexter Fowler

6

2

5

27

Miguel Montero

4.5

3.5

0

20.5

x-Jorge Soler

2

6

1

19

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

Travis Wood

1

0

2.5

5.5

Tsuyoshi Wada

1

1

0

5

Junior Lake

1

1

0

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

x-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

4

14

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

2

3

7

Tsuyoshi Wada

2

0

0

6

x-Mike Olt

1

0

1

4

Matt Szczur

0

1

2

4

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

51

12

39

Kris Bryant

31

17

14

Miguel Montero

20.5

14

6.5

Jake Arrieta

16.5

10

6.5

Jason Hammel

13

7

6

Jonathan Herrera

8

2

6

Hector Rondon

13.5

9

4.5

Junior Lake

5

1

4

Dexter Fowler

27

23.5

3.5

x-Chris Denorfia

2.5

0

2.5

Addison Russell

16

14

2

Matt Szczur

6

4

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

Tsuyoshi Wada

5

6

-1

x-Neil Ramirez

0

1

-1

Zac Rosscup

9

12

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

Travis Wood

5.5

9

-3.5

Jason Motte

3

7

-4

x-Mike Olt

0

4

-4

Justin Grimm

2.5

7

-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

x-Jorge Soler

19

32

-13

Chris Coghlan

10

24

-14