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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 91

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Justin Grimm gave up a homer for the first time in almost two months, earning the top step of Monday night's Goat podium in the process.

Don't throw it there!  I said NOT THERE!  Ah, $%!&.
Don't throw it there! I said NOT THERE! Ah, $%!&.
David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

I've said it before, I'll say it again... the WPA life of a middle reliever is a brutal one.

Graphs for Game 91 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 91 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 91:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T Wood

0.2

0

0

0

0

1

1.51

.090

R Soriano

1

1

0

0

1

0

0.71

.023

N Ramirez

0.1

2

0

0

0

0

0.77

-.056

C Richard

5.2

4

2

3

1

1

1.03

-.071

J Grimm

0.1

1

1

2

1

1

0.86

-.426

Total

8

8

3

5

3

3

0.97

-.439

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Soler

4

0

1

0

2

0

2

2.02

.167

A Russell

3

1

2

0

0

1

0

1.45

.089

C Coghlan

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.35

.075

D Fowler

3

1

2

0

0

2

0

2.19

.033

K Bryant

5

1

1

0

1

0

0

2

.028

C Richard

2

0

0

0

0

1

2

0.5

-.014

S Castro

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.36

-.078

A Rizzo

3

0

0

0

1

1

2

1.64

-.097

K Schwarber

4

1

1

0

0

1

1

2.47

-.114

J Herrera

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

3.81

-.152

Total

33

4

8

0

4

6

8

1.79

-.061

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 - Jorge Soler (.167). And his WPA would have been even higher if not for that crazy play that Brandon Phillips made on him.
  • Hero - Travis Wood (.090). He doesn't see the podiums much anymore, but his last three appearances have all been on the Hero side.
  • Sidekick - Addison Russell (.089). A nice 2-for-3 night for him, with the walk in the eighth being just enough to get him on the final step.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Justin Grimm (-.426). I don't know if there's ever a good time to throw a hitter a belt-high fastball, but that pitch to Jay Bruce certainly wasn't it.
  • Goat - Jonathan Herrera (-.152). I know what the problem was: He and Chris Coghlan were both on the field at the same time and immediately needed to switch helmets.
  • Kid - Kyle Schwarber (-.114). Sometimes life isn't fair; in this case, when your podium fate is decided by a single at-bat against Aroldis Chapman, it really isn't.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 91 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

Soler takes a big step toward the pack away from the cellar door, while Grimm moves into that same pack that also includes Pedro Strop and David Ross.

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

Addison Russell

6

3.5

6.5

31.5

x-Miguel Montero

6.5

5.5

0

30.5

Starlin Castro

3

6

9

30

Chris Coghlan

6

2

5

27

Jorge Soler

3

8

2

27

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

4

3.5

14.5

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

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

Justin Grimm

2

4

3

17

Hector Rondon

4

2

0

16

Jason Hammel

3

3

0

15

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

Jonathan Herrera

1

1

4

9

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

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

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

1

3

Clayton Richard

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

Jason Hammel

22

15

7

Jonathan Herrera

15

9

6

Kyle Schwarber

9

3

6

x-Matt Szczur

9

5

4

x-Miguel Montero

30.5

27

3.5

Hector Rondon

19.5

16

3.5

Travis Wood

14.5

11

3.5

James Russell

7.5

5

2.5

Jon Lester

20

18

2

Taylor Teagarden

2

0

2

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

Edwin Jackson

3

8

-5

x-Welington Castillo

2

7

-5

Addison Russell

31.5

38

-6.5

x-Mike Baxter

1.5

8

-6.5

x-Tsuyoshi Wada

5

12

-7

Justin Grimm

6.5

17

-10.5

Pedro Strop

11.5

23

-11.5

David Ross

1

13.5

-12.5

Jorge Soler

27

40

-13

Starlin Castro

30

48

-18