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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 95

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Three words you never like to hear: Bullpen go kablooey.

"Okay, Jeff, this fastball is going to go right... about... here."
"Okay, Jeff, this fastball is going to go right... about... here."
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It's the Cliffhanger graph! (No, not the Sylvester Stallone movie. The "Price is Right" version.)

Graphs for Game 95 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 95 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 95:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lester

7

7

0

2

0

6

1.19

.145

H Rondon

1

1

0

0

0

1

2.3

.112

J Russell

0.1

1

0

1

0

0

2.85

-.062

J Motte

1

2

0

1

0

0

3.28

-.231

R Soriano

0.2

1

1

1

0

1

2.57

-.362

Total

10

12

1

5

0

8

1.71

-.398

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

C Coghlan

4

1

2

1

2

1

0

1.46

.201

J Soler

5

1

3

0

0

0

0

1

.135

C Denorfia

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

2.18

.075

K Bryant

5

1

1

1

1

0

3

1.29

.004

K Schwarber

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.67

-.016

J Lester

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.27

-.053

D Fowler

4

0

0

0

0

1

0

1.18

-.056

A Russell

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.47

-.077

A Rizzo

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.15

-.098

S Castro

4

0

0

0

0

1

0

1.36

-.106

D Ross

5

0

1

0

0

0

2

1.12

-.110

Total

39

3

9

2

3

3

7

1.27

-.102

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 - Chris Coghlan (.201). It bears repeating: After the game on May 17, he was sitting at minus-19 on the chart. He's now sitting at minus-1. Talk about a turnaround.
  • Hero - Jon Lester (.145). He's also at a new high-water mark on the charts at plus-4, although he wasn't nearly as far back as Coghlan was.
  • Sidekick - Jorge Soler (.135). The third game this season in which he had three hits or more, and the first since April 20.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Rafael Soriano (-.362). I'm pretty sure if you look at that pitch to Jeff Francoeur in slow motion, you can see the words "HIT ME" tattooed on the ball.
  • Goat - Jason Motte (-.231). Apparently when people were wishing that the triple by Freddy Galvis would have stuck in the vines for a double, Motte decided to actually let Cody Asche do the trick. Just because people ask for things doesn't mean that you have to oblige, Jason.
  • Kid - David Ross (-.110). Had a couple of chances with runners on late and couldn't come through, although that bunt in the eighth was pretty sneaky.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 95 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

Coghlan continues his epic journey back to positive territory, while Ross falls into a tie for the seat outside of the cellar door.

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

9

35

Addison Russell

6

4.5

6.5

33.5

Chris Coghlan

7

2

6

31

x-Miguel Montero

6.5

5.5

0

30.5

Starlin Castro

3

6

9

30

Jorge Soler

3

8

3

28

Jason Hammel

6

2

0

22

Jon Lester

6

1

2

22

Hector Rondon

0

7.5

6

21

Kyle Hendricks

5

0

2

17

Kyle Schwarber

5

0

0

15

Jonathan Herrera

1

5

2

15

Travis Wood

1

4

3.5

14.5

Pedro Strop

1

0

8.5

11.5

Jason Motte

0

2.5

5.5

10.5

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

Justin Grimm

0

1

4.5

6.5

x-Junior Lake

1

1

1

6

x-Tsuyoshi Wada

1

1

0

5

Taylor Teagarden

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

x-Welington Castillo

0

1

0

2

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

1

0

2

x-Mike Baxter

0

0

1.5

1.5

x-Clayton Richard

0

0

1

1

David Ross

0

0

1

1

Yoervis Medina

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

8

7

13

51

Jorge Soler

5

9

8

41

Addison Russell

2

13

6

38

Dexter Fowler

5

7.5

6.5

36.5

Anthony Rizzo

5

8

4

35

Kris Bryant

5

6

7

34

Chris Coghlan

2

7

12

32

x-Miguel Montero

3

6

6

27

Pedro Strop

7

2

0

25

Kyle Hendricks

6

1

0

20

Jon Lester

5

1

1

18

Justin Grimm

2

4

3

17

Hector Rondon

4

2

0

16

Jason Hammel

3

3

0

15

David Ross

1

3.5

4.5

14.5

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

Jason Motte

1

3

0

9

Jonathan Herrera

1

1

4

9

x-Edwin Jackson

2

1

0

8

x-Mike Baxter

2

1

0

8

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

Dallas Beeler

1

0

0

3

Rafael Soriano

1

0

0

3

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

x-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

35

38

Jake Arrieta

35

13

22

Kris Bryant

49

34

15

Kyle Schwarber

15

3

12

Jason Hammel

22

15

7

Jonathan Herrera

15

9

6

Hector Rondon

21

16

5

Taylor Teagarden

5

0

5

Jon Lester

22

18

4

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

Jason Motte

10.5

9

1.5

x-Junior Lake

6

5

1

x-Arismendy Alcantara

2

1

1

Yoervis Medina

1

0

1

x-Phil Coke

3.5

3

0.5

Chris Coghlan

31

32

-1

x-Clayton Richard

1

2

-1

Neil Ramirez

0

1

-1

Dexter Fowler

35

36.5

-1.5

Chris Denorfia

8.5

10

-1.5

Kyle Hendricks

17

20

-3

x-Zac Rosscup

9

12

-3

Dallas Beeler

0

3

-3

Rafael Soriano

0

3

-3

x-Donn Roach

0

3

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

x-Mike Olt

0

4

-4

Addison Russell

33.5

38

-4.5

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

Justin Grimm

6.5

17

-10.5

Jorge Soler

28

41

-13

Pedro Strop

11.5

25

-13.5

David Ross

1

14.5

-13.5

Starlin Castro

30

51

-21