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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 98

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There has probably not been a game in the past 30 years in which the EPI (Expletives Per Inning) index was higher than this one.

Seriously, just how HUGE was that game-winner?  Pretty monstrous, I'd say.
Seriously, just how HUGE was that game-winner? Pretty monstrous, I'd say.
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Fun Facts: With his heroics on Monday night, Kris Bryant becomes only the seventh Cub position player to record a WPA above .975. It's also the first time that it's happened in almost 18 years, when Sammy Sosa hit a two-run, two-out walkoff winner against the Dodgers on August 3, 1997.

Now if you'll pardon me, I'm going to rinse my mouth out again to get rid of the soap taste.

Graphs for Game 98 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 98 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 98:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

0

1

1.77

.113

P Strop

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.54

.039

H Rondon

1

2

0

0

0

0

1.46

.035

K Hendricks

5

7

1

4

3

4

1.03

-.236

J Motte

0

3

1

3

0

0

1.6

-.321

R Soriano

1

1

1

1

0

1

2.48

-.475

Total

9

13

3

8

3

6

1.28

-.845

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Bryant

5

2

2

1

3

0

2

1.24

.982

S Castro

4

1

2

0

2

0

0

1

.211

J Soler

4

1

1

0

1

0

1

1.12

.095

D Fowler

3

2

1

0

0

2

0

0.97

.086

A Rizzo

4

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.93

.069

K Schwarber

3

1

0

0

0

1

1

0.66

.023

C Denorfia

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

1.06

.020

A Russell

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

1.25

.016

J Herrera

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.17

-.004

C Coghlan

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.36

-.020

K Hendricks

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.89

-.031

D Ross

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

4.47

-.101

Total

35

9

10

1

8

3

5

1.07

1.345

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 - Kris Bryant (.982). Hickman polling is officially closed today. Because if your vote isn't for Kris Bryant, the card reader that is used for your vote will take your voting card, eat it, and give it back to you in a million tiny little pieces.
  • Hero - Starlin Castro (.211). Whatever Joe Maddon said to him during their extra session on Monday before batting practice needs to be put on a continuous loop.
  • Sidekick - Justin Grimm (.113). Earned bonus points for stranding an inherited runner with nobody out.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Rafael Soriano (-.475). Okay, for those not following along at home... his FIP is currently 9.34. I think this experiment can come to a close right freaking now.
  • Goat - Jason Motte (-.321). I've said it before: The thing that has worried me most about Motte is his inability to strike guys out and it's come back to bite him hard in his last two outings.
  • Kid - Kyle Hendricks (-.236). Completes the pitching clean sweep of the Goat podium. And the Cubs still won. Well, (expletive deleted).
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 98 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):
Bryant regains his spot in third place on the chart, while Castro tries to climb back toward the rest of the field.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

11

18

4

73

Kris Bryant

10

8

6

52

Dexter Fowler

8

4

9

41

Jake Arrieta

9.5

3

0.5

35

Addison Russell

6

4.5

6.5

33.5

Starlin Castro

3

7

9

32

Chris Coghlan

7

2

6

31

x-Miguel Montero

6.5

5.5

0

30.5

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 Schwarber

5

1

0

17

Kyle Hendricks

5

0

2

17

Travis Wood

1

5

3.5

16.5

Jonathan Herrera

1

5

2

15

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

5.5

7.5

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

David Ross

0

0

2

2

x-Mike Baxter

0

0

1.5

1.5

x-Clayton Richard

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

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

9

42

Addison Russell

2

13

6

38

Anthony Rizzo

5

9

4

37

Kris Bryant

5

7

8

37

Dexter Fowler

5

7.5

6.5

36.5

Chris Coghlan

2

7

12

32

x-Miguel Montero

3

6

6

27

Pedro Strop

7

2

0

25

Kyle Hendricks

6

1

1

21

Jon Lester

5

1

1

18

Jason Hammel

4

3

0

18

Justin Grimm

2

4

3

17

Jake Arrieta

5

0

1

16

Hector Rondon

4

2

0

16

David Ross

1

3.5

4.5

14.5

x-Tsuyoshi Wada

4

0

0

12

x-Zac Rosscup

3

1

1

12

Travis Wood

2

1

3

11

Jason Motte

1

4

0

11

x-Brian Schlitter

3

0

1

10

Chris Denorfia

2

1

2

10

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

Rafael Soriano

2

0

0

6

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

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

37

36

Jake Arrieta

35

16

19

Kris Bryant

52

37

15

Kyle Schwarber

17

3

14

Jonathan Herrera

15

9

6

Travis Wood

16.5

11

5.5

Hector Rondon

21

16

5

Taylor Teagarden

5

0

5

Dexter Fowler

41

36.5

4.5

Jason Hammel

22

18

4

Jon Lester

22

18

4

x-Matt Szczur

9

5

4

x-Miguel Montero

30.5

27

3.5

James Russell

7.5

5

2.5

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

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Jason Motte

10.5

11

-0.5

Chris Coghlan

31

32

-1

x-Clayton Richard

1

2

-1

Chris Denorfia

8.5

10

-1.5

x-Zac Rosscup

9

12

-3

Dallas Beeler

0

3

-3

x-Donn Roach

0

3

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

Kyle Hendricks

17

21

-4

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

Rafael Soriano

0

6

-6

x-Mike Baxter

1.5

8

-6.5

x-Tsuyoshi Wada

5

12

-7

Justin Grimm

7.5

17

-9.5

David Ross

2

14.5

-12.5

Pedro Strop

11.5

25

-13.5

Jorge Soler

28

42

-14

Starlin Castro

32

51

-19