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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 79

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Hopefully you saw the first two innings of the game on Saturday. Otherwise, you missed just about everything that mattered.

Oh, that Kris Bryant smile.
Oh, that Kris Bryant smile.
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Just what kind of a Fourth of July was it for Kris Bryant? As far as the National League goes, it was a performance that hadn't been seen in over 50 years. More on that below.

Graphs for Game 79 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 79 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 79:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

C Richard

6.1

8

0

2

1

4

0.58

.104

H Rondon

0.2

0

0

0

0

1

0.32

.017

N Ramirez

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.13

.009

P Strop

0.2

0

0

0

1

1

0.09

.005

J Russell

0.1

1

0

0

0

0

0.09

.000

Total

9

10

0

2

2

7

0.46

.135

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Bryant

4

2

2

2

6

0

1

0.74

.257

D Fowler

3

2

1

0

1

1

0

0.66

.119

A Russell

2

1

0

0

0

1

1

0.46

.037

C Denorfia

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.35

.034

C Coghlan

2

1

0

0

0

1

0

0.22

.021

S Castro

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.11

-.011

M Montero

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.13

-.013

C Richard

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.44

-.036

A Rizzo

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.64

-.044

Total

28

7

4

2

7

3

5

0.42

.365

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 (.257). As was mentioned during the broadcast on Fox, the last player in the National League to hit at least two homers and drive in at least six runs on the Fourth of July was Willie McCovey in the first game of a doubleheader on July 4, 1962.
  • Hero - Dexter Fowler (.119). Got himself on base twice in front of Bryant's bombs, including his double to lead off the game.
  • Sidekick - Clayton Richard (.104). A very nice debut and kept the infielders busy all night.

THE THREE GOATS:

It's the third bump in five games and the 17th overall this season from the Goats as Richard's -.036 hitting is moved out. That left only two other players with a negative WPA to move up to the two final spots.

  • Billy Goat - Anthony Rizzo (-.044). It's only the third time this season that he's been at the top of the Goats and the first time in 22 games. All of this and he got plunked, too.
  • Goat - Miguel Montero (-.013). Along with...
  • Kid - Starlin Castro (-.011). ...both went 0-for-4 with some of Bryant's handiwork already done by the first time they reached the plate.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 78 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

For the first time this season Rizzo loses six points off of his plus/minus lead as his next-closest competitor takes the top of the Hero podium on the same day.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

10

18

3

69

Kris Bryant

8

7

6

44

Dexter Fowler

6

4

7

33

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

Clayton Richard

0

0

1

1

x-David Ross

0

0

1

1

x-Yoervis Medina

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

7

5

10

41

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

3

7

3

26

Miguel Montero

2

6

5

23

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

x-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

x-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

26

43

Kris Bryant

44

27

17

Jake Arrieta

27

13

14

Jason Hammel

22

15

7

Miguel Montero

27.5

23

4.5

Matt Szczur

9

5

4

x-Kyle Schwarber

6

2

4

Dexter Fowler

33

29.5

3.5

Jonathan Herrera

10

7

3

James Russell

7.5

5

2.5

Hector Rondon

15.5

14

1.5

x-Junior Lake

6

5

1

x-Arismendy Alcantara

2

1

1

Clayton Richard

1

0

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

x-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

x-David Ross

1

10.5

-9.5

Starlin Castro

29

41

-12

x-Jorge Soler

19

32

-13