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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 92

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Hopefully you didn't turn the game off before the ninth inning started. Because if you did, you missed something really special.

I think the photo says it all.
I think the photo says it all.
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Some fun facts about Kyle Schwarber's game last night: There have only been 10 players since WPA has been tracked in which a player posted a WPA above .800 in one of their first 11 games.  It's the first time that it's happened since August 3, 2005 when Brad Eldred did it for the Pirates in his eighth career game. It's also the first time that it's ever happened in which a player hit two homers in the process, and it's the first time that it's ever been done by a catcher.

So if you felt like you were watching a little bit of history last night, it's because you were.

Graphs for Game 92 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 92 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 92:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

H Rondon

2

2

0

0

0

2

2.29

.236

J Motte

2

3

0

0

0

0

2.04

.236

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

0

0

2.35

.168

J Russell

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.13

.010

J Hammel

5

5

0

1

3

4

0.88

-.053

T Wood

1.1

2

0

2

0

1

1.25

-.063

P Strop

0.2

1

0

0

0

0

1.81

-.178

Total

13

13

0

3

3

7

1.4

.355

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Schwarber

7

2

4

2

4

0

2

1.87

.860

C Coghlan

5

1

2

1

1

0

1

1.46

.105

D Fowler

7

1

2

0

0

0

2

1.68

.091

A Russell

2

1

0

0

0

2

1

1.02

.009

J Soler

5

0

2

0

0

1

2

2.12

-.038

J Hammel

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

1.21

-.054

C Denorfia

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.17

-.056

K Bryant

6

0

1

0

0

1

3

1.48

-.065

J Herrera

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.68

-.116

T Teagarden

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

6.83

-.160

S Castro

6

0

1

0

0

0

3

1.62

-.169

A Rizzo

6

0

0

0

0

1

1

2.11

-.262

Total

52

5

12

3

5

6

18

1.75

.145

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:

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Anthony Rizzo (-.262). It's been quite a while since his last 0-for-6 game; you have to go back to August 22, 2013 to find the last time he pulled off the feat.
  • Goat - Pedro Strop (-.178). This is becoming more of a pattern than I'd like to see.
  • Kid - Starlin Castro (-.169). The silver lining: At least it wasn't an 0-for-6 night.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 92 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

Schwarber moves back into fourth on the plus/minus chart in rapid fashion, while Strop and Castro continue their downward slide at the bottom.

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

Hector Rondon

0

7.5

6

21

Jon Lester

6

0

2

20

Kyle Hendricks

5

0

2

17

Jonathan Herrera

1

5

2

15

Travis Wood

1

4

3.5

14.5

Kyle Schwarber

4

0

0

12

Pedro Strop

1

0

8.5

11.5

x-Matt Szczur

2

1

1

9

x-Zac Rosscup

2

0

3

9

Chris Denorfia

1

1

3.5

8.5

Jason Motte

0

1.5

5.5

8.5

James Russell

0

3

1.5

7.5

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

13

49

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

Anthony Rizzo

5

7

4

33

Chris Coghlan

2

7

11

31

x-Miguel Montero

3

6

6

27

Pedro Strop

7

2

0

25

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

33

40

Jake Arrieta

35

13

22

Kris Bryant

49

34

15

Kyle Schwarber

12

3

9

Jason Hammel

22

15

7

Jonathan Herrera

15

9

6

Hector Rondon

21

16

5

x-Matt Szczur

9

5

4

x-Miguel Montero

30.5

27

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

Jason Motte

8.5

7

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

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

David Ross

1

13.5

-12.5

Jorge Soler

27

40

-13

Pedro Strop

11.5

25

-13.5

Starlin Castro

30

49

-19