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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Games 88-90

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Fresh off of a week's vacation, Heroes and Goats is back with the recap of the series against the Braves.

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For those of you who are fans of amusement parks and have never been to the Six Flags parks in Texas, I have one piece of advice: Plan a vacation to go there and visit them. Both of the parks there are great and we had an absolute blast while we were there. It was strange to walk through the park and have every song that was playing in the park make some sort of reference to Texas, but it kind of became the running joke after a day or two. "Hey, it's another song about Texas. Who would have guessed?"

That and all of the hotels that we stayed in (three of them over the course of the trip) had waffle irons that made waffles that came out looking like the state of Texas. It was quite humorous. But I'll never forget this vacation.

Anyway, thanks for indulging me in my quick vacation recap. And now, it's back to the charts and numbers that you know and love, starting with a quick summary of the Friday and Saturday games:

Game 88 (Friday, July 17 - Braves 4, Cubs 2):

  • Superhero - Kyle Schwarber (.177). Picked right up where he left off after his first trip to the big leagues.
  • Billy Goat - Pedro Strop (-.351). He's had a lot of good moments this season, but he's also had the most "kaboom" moments as well, it seems.

Game 89 (Saturday, July 18 - Cubs 4, Braves 0):

  • Superhero - Jon Lester (.294). A no-hitter through seven is a pretty good way to come back from the All-Star break.
  • Billy Goat - David Ross (-.067). Didn't even get his walk that he seems to draw most games.

And as for Sunday...

Graphs for Game 90 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 90 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 90:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Arrieta

7

3

0

0

3

10

0.93

.296

P Strop

1

1

0

0

0

1

1.12

.037

J Russell

0.2

0

0

1

1

1

0.17

.008

J Motte

0.1

1

0

0

0

0

0.24

.004

Total

9

5

0

1

4

12

0.84

.345

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Herrera

4

0

2

0

2

0

0

1.01

.187

J Soler

4

1

1

1

1

1

1

0.53

.055

D Ross

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.78

.049

C Coghlan

4

1

2

0

1

1

2

0.49

.024

S Castro

5

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.63

.007

K Schwarber

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.24

-.005

K Bryant

3

0

0

0

0

2

3

0.45

-.006

D Fowler

4

0

1

0

0

1

0

0.63

-.012

A Rizzo

5

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.38

-.063

J Arrieta

3

0

1

0

0

0

2

1.15

-.081

Total

36

4

9

1

4

6

11

0.62

.155

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 (.296). His streak of Hero podium appearances is now at seven, six of which have been at the top of the mountain.
  • Hero - Jonathan Herrera (.035). Had a big pick-me-up single with the bases loaded and two out in the second.
  • Sidekick - Jorge Soler (.055). It's good to see the big guy go yard.

THE THREE GOATS:

There was a surge in pitcher bumps during the past four games as three of the four had pitchers' hitting that was moved out, including Arrieta's -.081 hitting in this game. There have now been 22 bumps for pitchers, with 19 coming from the Goats and three from the Heroes. By comparison, there were 19 bumps from the Goat podium for the entire 2014 season, so that mark is going to be shattered quite handily.

  • Billy Goat - Anthony Rizzo (-.063). It's still weird seeing him at the top of this podium, especially when he's only been at the top of it four times this season.
  • Goat - Dexter Fowler (-.012). It came down to the little things on Sunday, and Fowler's inning-ending flyout in the second proved to be too much to come back from.
  • Kid - Kris Bryant (-.006). "Hey Jake, thanks for that bump. Look what you did to me, man."
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 90 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

The big change on the chart has Arrieta solidly in second place, while the cellar looks pretty much the same as it did a week ago.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

11

18

4

73

Kris Bryant

9

8

6

49

Jake Arrieta

9.5

3

0.5

35

Dexter Fowler

6

4

8

34

x-Miguel Montero

6.5

5.5

0

30.5

Addison Russell

6

3.5

5.5

30.5

Starlin Castro

3

6

9

30

Chris Coghlan

6

2

5

27

Jorge Soler

2

8

2

24

Jason Hammel

6

2

0

22

Jon Lester

6

0

2

20

Hector Rondon

0

7

5.5

19.5

Kyle Hendricks

5

0

2

17

Jonathan Herrera

1

5

2

15

Travis Wood

1

3

3.5

12.5

Pedro Strop

1

0

8.5

11.5

Kyle Schwarber

3

0

0

9

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-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

x-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

x-Mike Baxter

0

0

1.5

1.5

Clayton Richard

0

0

1

1

David Ross

0

0

1

1

x-Yoervis Medina

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

8

6

12

48

Jorge Soler

5

9

7

40

Addison Russell

2

13

6

38

Dexter Fowler

5

7.5

6.5

36.5

Kris Bryant

5

6

7

34

Chris Coghlan

2

7

11

31

Anthony Rizzo

4

7

4

30

x-Miguel Montero

3

6

6

27

Pedro Strop

7

1

0

23

Jon Lester

5

1

1

18

Kyle Hendricks

5

1

0

17

Hector Rondon

4

2

0

16

Jason Hammel

3

3

0

15

Justin Grimm

1

4

3

14

David Ross

1

3.5

3.5

13.5

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-Brian Schlitter

3

0

1

10

Chris Denorfia

2

1

2

10

x-Edwin Jackson

2

1

0

8

x-Mike Baxter

2

1

0

8

Jason Motte

1

2

0

7

x-Welington Castillo

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

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

0

2

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

73

30

43

Jake Arrieta

35

13

22

Kris Bryant

49

34

15

Jonathan Herrera

15

7

8

Jason Hammel

22

15

7

Kyle Schwarber

9

2

7

x-Matt Szczur

9

5

4

x-Miguel Montero

30.5

27

3.5

Hector Rondon

19.5

16

3.5

James Russell

7.5

5

2.5

Jon Lester

20

18

2

Taylor Teagarden

2

0

2

Travis Wood

12.5

11

1.5

x-Junior Lake

6

5

1

x-Arismendy Alcantara

2

1

1

x-Yoervis Medina

1

0

1

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

Chris Denorfia

8.5

10

-1.5

Dexter Fowler

34

36.5

-2.5

x-Zac Rosscup

9

12

-3

x-Donn Roach

0

3

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

Chris Coghlan

27

31

-4

x-Mike Olt

0

4

-4

x-Brian Schlitter

5

10

-5

x-Edwin Jackson

3

8

-5

x-Welington Castillo

2

7

-5

x-Mike Baxter

1.5

8

-6.5

x-Tsuyoshi Wada

5

12

-7

Addison Russell

30.5

38

-7.5

Justin Grimm

6.5

14

-7.5

Pedro Strop

11.5

23

-11.5

David Ross

1

13.5

-12.5

Jorge Soler

24

40

-16

Starlin Castro

30

48

-18