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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 85

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And a double play here, and a third strike there...

Yeah, I'd probably feel the same way after three of those.
Yeah, I'd probably feel the same way after three of those.
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I would have guessed that it was longer ago than it's actually been that a Cub team walked seven times in a game and didn't score. It turns out that it's only been less than four years, as the Cubs walked seven times and got nine hits in a 3-0 loss to the Braves on August 22, 2011. Oh, those were dark days indeed.

Graphs for Game 85 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 85 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 85:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Hendricks

7

5

0

0

0

4

1.16

.416

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.42

.030

H Rondon

1

0

0

1

0

0

2.22

-.224

Total

9

5

0

1

0

5

1.25

.222

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Russell

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

1.5

.141

K Hendricks

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.86

.034

C Coghlan

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.56

.018

C Denorfia

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

1.53

-.027

A Rizzo

2

0

0

0

0

2

1

1.45

-.036

J Herrera

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

2.43

-.059

T Teagarden

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.87

-.063

J Soler

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

1.83

-.098

K Bryant

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

1.92

-.190

S Castro

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.61

-.200

D Fowler

4

0

0

0

0

0

3

2.15

-.241

Total

25

0

3

0

0

7

12

1.6

-.722

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:

For only the second time this year there's a bump on the Hero podium as Kyle Hendricks' .034 hitting is moved out of the bottom spot. The bump is the 19th of the season overall.

  • Superhero - Kyle Hendricks (.416). After four straight appearances at the top of the Goat podium, he now has three straight at the top of the Heroes.
  • Hero - Addison Russell (.141). How far back do you have to go to find a Cub who had three walks in his only three plate appearances of the game? The answer is 17 years, all the way back to Jeff Blauser, who pulled off the feat on May 23, 1998. And who the heck was Kennie Steenstra??
  • Sidekick - Justin Grimm (.030). Granted, it's a nice outing for him, but more of a telling statement about the offense on Friday than anything else.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Dexter Fowler (-.241). Well, I can't really give it to Dan Bellino. But he'll definitely be in the Marmol poll, even if he's an ump.
  • Goat - Hector Rondon (-.224). I do believe that hitting a guy with a .338 OPS and then watching him score the winning run, as well as the game's only run, falls somewhere in the definition of karma.
  • Kid - Starlin Castro (-.200). If you're going to hit into two double plays, I guess you might as well make them both Web Gem candidates.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 85 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

Hendricks gets back to all square on the plus/minus chart, while Castro once again falls a step into the basement.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

10

18

3

69

Kris Bryant

9

7

6

47

Dexter Fowler

6

4

7

33

Miguel Montero

6.5

5.5

0

30.5

Addison Russell

6

3.5

5.5

30.5

Jake Arrieta

7.5

3

0.5

29

Starlin Castro

3

6

8

29

Chris Coghlan

6

2

5

27

Jason Hammel

6

2

0

22

Jorge Soler

2

7

1

21

Jon Lester

5

0

2

17

Kyle Hendricks

5

0

2

17

Hector Rondon

0

6

4.5

16.5

Travis Wood

1

3

3.5

12.5

Pedro Strop

1

0

8.5

11.5

Jonathan Herrera

1

3

2

11

x-Matt Szczur

2

1

1

9

x-Zac Rosscup

2

0

3

9

Chris Denorfia

1

1

3.5

8.5

James Russell

0

3

1.5

7.5

Jason Motte

0

1

5

7

Justin Grimm

0

1

4.5

6.5

x-Kyle Schwarber

2

0

0

6

x-Junior Lake

1

1

1

6

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

Taylor Teagarden

0

1

0

2

x-Welington Castillo

0

1

0

2

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

1

0

2

Mike Baxter

0

0

1.5

1.5

Clayton Richard

0

0

1

1

x-David Ross

0

0

1

1

x-Yoervis Medina

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

8

6

11

47

Jorge Soler

5

9

5

38

Dexter Fowler

5

6.5

6.5

34.5

Addison Russell

2

11

6

34

Chris Coghlan

2

7

11

31

Kris Bryant

4

5

6

28

Miguel Montero

3

6

6

27

Anthony Rizzo

3

7

3

26

Pedro Strop

6

1

0

20

Kyle Hendricks

5

1

0

17

Jon Lester

5

0

1

16

Hector Rondon

4

2

0

16

Jason Hammel

3

3

0

15

Justin Grimm

1

4

3

14

Jake Arrieta

4

0

1

13

x-Tsuyoshi Wada

4

0

0

12

x-Zac Rosscup

3

1

1

12

Travis Wood

2

1

3

11

x-David Ross

0

3.5

3.5

10.5

x-Brian Schlitter

3

0

1

10

Edwin Jackson

2

1

0

8

Mike Baxter

2

1

0

8

Jason Motte

1

2

0

7

x-Welington Castillo

1

1

2

7

Chris Denorfia

1

1

2

7

Jonathan Herrera

1

0

4

7

James Russell

1

1

0

5

x-Junior Lake

1

0

2

5

x-Matt Szczur

0

1

3

5

x-Mike Olt

1

0

1

4

x-Donn Roach

1

0

0

3

x-Gonzalez Germen

1

0

0

3

x-Phil Coke

0

1

1

3

Clayton Richard

0

1

0

2

x-Kyle Schwarber

0

1

0

2

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

69

26

43

Kris Bryant

47

28

19

Jake Arrieta

29

13

16

Jason Hammel

22

15

7

Jonathan Herrera

11

7

4

x-Matt Szczur

9

5

4

x-Kyle Schwarber

6

2

4

Miguel Montero

30.5

27

3.5

James Russell

7.5

5

2.5

Taylor Teagarden

2

0

2

Travis Wood

12.5

11

1.5

Chris Denorfia

8.5

7

1.5

Jon Lester

17

16

1

x-Junior Lake

6

5

1

x-Arismendy Alcantara

2

1

1

x-Yoervis Medina

1

0

1

Hector Rondon

16.5

16

0.5

x-Phil Coke

3.5

3

0.5

Kyle Hendricks

17

17

0

Jason Motte

7

7

0

Clayton Richard

1

2

-1

Neil Ramirez

0

1

-1

Dexter Fowler

33

34.5

-1.5

x-Zac Rosscup

9

12

-3

x-Donn Roach

0

3

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

Addison Russell

30.5

34

-3.5

Chris Coghlan

27

31

-4

x-Mike Olt

0

4

-4

x-Brian Schlitter

5

10

-5

Edwin Jackson

3

8

-5

x-Welington Castillo

2

7

-5

Mike Baxter

1.5

8

-6.5

x-Tsuyoshi Wada

5

12

-7

Justin Grimm

6.5

14

-7.5

Pedro Strop

11.5

20

-8.5

x-David Ross

1

10.5

-9.5

Jorge Soler

21

38

-17

Starlin Castro

29

47

-18