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A lot of podium fates were sealed in the final two innings of Friday's game, including the fates of the entire Goat podium.

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Fun Fact: Friday's one-run game was the 33rd of the season for the Cubs, who are now 19-14 in one-run games. They led the major leagues in one-run outcomes coming into this game, three ahead of the White Sox.

Graphs for Game 78 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 78 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 78:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Hammel

7

4

2

2

1

5

0.85

.067

T Wood

0.1

0

0

0

1

1

2.14

.045

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

1

2

0.68

.030

J Russell

0.2

1

0

0

0

2

0.96

.006

N Ramirez

0

0

0

0

1

0

1.44

-.008

Total

9

5

2

2

4

10

0.92

.141

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

C Coghlan

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.69

.050

K Bryant

3

1

1

0

0

1

1

1.61

.042

A Rizzo

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

1.28

-.014

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.91

-.047

M Montero

4

0

1

0

1

0

1

1.98

-.053

S Castro

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

4.47

-.057

J Hammel

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.33

-.070

D Fowler

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.13

-.105

J Herrera

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.95

-.121

C Denorfia

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.66

-.126

A Russell

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

2.1

-.140

Total

33

1

6

0

1

2

7

1.74

-.641

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 - Jason Hammel (.067). Definitely a tough break when you only allow four hits over seven innings and take the loss. It's a shame that two of those four hits were solo shots.
  • Hero - Chris Coghlan (.050). Was well in line for a Goat spot until his single to lead off the ninth.
  • Sidekick - Travis Wood (.045). Escaped a couple of tough jams in the eighth, one of which wasn't even his doing.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Addison Russell (-.140). The final at-bat was going to make or break him on the podiums. Unfortunately he came up on the wrong end in this one.
  • Goat - Chris Denorfia (-.126). The strikeout looking to end the eighth did him in.
  • Kid - Jonathan Herrera (-.121). His sacrifice attempt in the ninth looked good, but a gutsy play by A.J. Ramos landed Herrera the final spot.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 78 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

Hammel moves back into fourth on the plus/minus chart but still finds himself a good distance behind the top three in front of him.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

10

18

3

69

Kris Bryant

7

7

6

41

Dexter Fowler

6

3

7

31

Starlin Castro

3

6

8

29

Miguel Montero

5.5

5.5

0

27.5

Jake Arrieta

7.5

2

0.5

27

Addison Russell

5

2.5

5.5

25.5

Chris Coghlan

6

1

5

25

Jason Hammel

6

2

0

22

x-Jorge Soler

2

6

1

19

Jon Lester

5

0

1

16

Hector Rondon

0

6

3.5

15.5

Kyle Hendricks

3

0

2

11

Travis Wood

1

2

3.5

10.5

Jonathan Herrera

1

3

1

10

Pedro Strop

1

0

6.5

9.5

Matt Szczur

2

1

1

9

x-Zac Rosscup

2

0

3

9

James Russell

0

3

1.5

7.5

Jason Motte

0

1

5

7

x-Kyle Schwarber

2

0

0

6

x-Junior Lake

1

1

1

6

Chris Denorfia

0

1

3.5

5.5

Justin Grimm

0

1

3.5

5.5

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

x-Welington Castillo

0

1

0

2

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

1

0

2

Mike Baxter

0

0

1.5

1.5

David Ross

0

0

1

1

x-Yoervis Medina

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

7

5

9

40

x-Jorge Soler

4

8

4

32

Addison Russell

2

10

6

32

Dexter Fowler

4

5.5

6.5

29.5

Chris Coghlan

2

7

9

29

Kris Bryant

4

5

5

27

Anthony Rizzo

2

7

3

23

Miguel Montero

2

5

5

21

Kyle Hendricks

5

1

0

17

Pedro Strop

5

1

0

17

Jon Lester

5

0

1

16

Jason Hammel

3

3

0

15

Hector Rondon

4

1

0

14

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

Justin Grimm

0

4

3

11

David Ross

0

3.5

3.5

10.5

x-Brian Schlitter

3

0

1

10

Edwin Jackson

2

1

0

8

Mike Baxter

2

1

0

8

Jason Motte

1

2

0

7

x-Welington Castillo

1

1

2

7

Chris Denorfia

1

1

2

7

Jonathan Herrera

1

0

4

7

James Russell

1

1

0

5

x-Junior Lake

1

0

2

5

Matt Szczur

0

1

3

5

x-Mike Olt

1

0

1

4

Donn Roach

1

0

0

3

x-Gonzalez Germen

1

0

0

3

x-Phil Coke

0

1

1

3

x-Kyle Schwarber

0

1

0

2

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

69

23

46

Kris Bryant

41

27

14

Jake Arrieta

27

13

14

Jason Hammel

22

15

7

Miguel Montero

27.5

21

6.5

Matt Szczur

9

5

4

x-Kyle Schwarber

6

2

4

Jonathan Herrera

10

7

3

James Russell

7.5

5

2.5

Dexter Fowler

31

29.5

1.5

Hector Rondon

15.5

14

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

Jon Lester

16

16

0

Jason Motte

7

7

0

Travis Wood

10.5

11

-0.5

Neil Ramirez

0

1

-1

Chris Denorfia

5.5

7

-1.5

x-Zac Rosscup

9

12

-3

Donn Roach

0

3

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

Chris Coghlan

25

29

-4

x-Mike Olt

0

4

-4

x-Brian Schlitter

5

10

-5

Edwin Jackson

3

8

-5

x-Welington Castillo

2

7

-5

Justin Grimm

5.5

11

-5.5

Kyle Hendricks

11

17

-6

Addison Russell

25.5

32

-6.5

Mike Baxter

1.5

8

-6.5

x-Tsuyoshi Wada

5

12

-7

Pedro Strop

9.5

17

-7.5

David Ross

1

10.5

-9.5

Starlin Castro

29

40

-11

x-Jorge Soler

19

32

-13