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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 81

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The question that may be more interesting from Monday's game than who ended up at the top of each podium is: Who will get the vote for the Marmol of the Game?

He's the Monday night Superhero, but what about that error in the seventh?
He's the Monday night Superhero, but what about that error in the seventh?
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It's not very often that you see the graph adorned with the words "Fielder's Choice + Error". To be honest, I'm not sure I've ever actually seen it before.

Graphs for Game 81 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 81 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 81:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lester

7

2

0

0

2

8

1.08

.023

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.31

.022

E Jackson

1

4

0

4

1

1

0.26

-.061

Total

9

6

0

4

3

10

0.83

-.015

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Bryant

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.77

.119

J Soler

3

0

2

0

0

0

0

0.79

.078

J Lester

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.88

.014

A Rizzo

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.79

.007

D Fowler

2

0

1

0

0

1

0

1.71

-.001

C Denorfia

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.02

-.024

M Baxter

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.99

-.080

C Coghlan

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.19

-.091

M Montero

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.01

-.132

A Russell

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

2.14

-.160

S Castro

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.13

-.214

Total

31

0

6

0

0

1

5

1.22

-.485

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 (.119). His single to put runners on the corners with nobody out in the sixth gave him the top spot, but will his errant throw in the seventh give him the Marmol?
  • Hero - Jorge Soler (.078). It's good to see Soler on this side of the ledger; hopefully he can follow Chris Coghlan back up the ladder to zero territory again.
  • Sidekick - Jon Lester (.023). Well, it's official; of the 136 starters in the majors this season that have made at least 10 starts, Lester is now dead last in run support while he's on the mound.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Starlin Castro (-.214). Scalded a couple of balls on Monday, but unfortunately they were hit right at (or near enough to) Cardinal players.
  • Goat - Addison Russell (-.160). To say that he's scuffling might be an understatement.
  • Kid - Miguel Montero (-.132). If nothing else, this outing should provide all kinds of cannon fodder about the Cubs' backup catcher.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 81 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

Bryant becomes only the second Cub this season to break the plus-20 mark on the chart, while Castro finds himself alone in the cellar as Soler jumps by him.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

10

18

3

69

Kris Bryant

9

7

6

47

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

Chris Coghlan

6

2

5

27

Addison Russell

5

2.5

5.5

25.5

Jason Hammel

6

2

0

22

Jorge Soler

2

7

1

21

Jon Lester

5

0

2

17

Hector Rondon

0

6

3.5

15.5

Kyle Hendricks

4

0

2

14

Travis Wood

1

2

3.5

10.5

Pedro Strop

1

0

7.5

10.5

Jonathan Herrera

1

3

1

10

x-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

8

5

10

44

Addison Russell

2

11

6

34

Jorge Soler

4

8

5

33

Dexter Fowler

4

6.5

6.5

31.5

Chris Coghlan

2

7

9

29

Kris Bryant

4

5

5

27

Miguel Montero

3

6

6

27

Anthony Rizzo

3

7

3

26

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

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

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

47

27

20

Jake Arrieta

27

13

14

Jason Hammel

22

15

7

x-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

33

31.5

1.5

Hector Rondon

15.5

14

1.5

Jon Lester

17

16

1

x-Junior Lake

6

5

1

x-Arismendy Alcantara

2

1

1

Clayton Richard

1

0

1

x-Yoervis Medina

1

0

1

Miguel Montero

27.5

27

0.5

x-Phil Coke

3.5

3

0.5

Jason Motte

7

7

0

Travis Wood

10.5

11

-0.5

Neil Ramirez

0

1

-1

Chris Denorfia

5.5

7

-1.5

Chris Coghlan

27

29

-2

Kyle Hendricks

14

17

-3

x-Zac Rosscup

9

12

-3

x-Donn Roach

0

3

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

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

Pedro Strop

10.5

17

-6.5

Mike Baxter

1.5

8

-6.5

x-Tsuyoshi Wada

5

12

-7

Addison Russell

25.5

34

-8.5

x-David Ross

1

10.5

-9.5

Jorge Soler

21

33

-12

Starlin Castro

29

44

-15