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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Games 115 & 116

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Here's the recap of the weekend games against the White Sox.

Throwing 88 is fine. Giving up fewer dingers would be even better.
Throwing 88 is fine. Giving up fewer dingers would be even better.
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As has been the case with previous two-game recaps, I won't be including each game's stats here in the interest of keeping the piece a bit shorter. The stats can can be found at the included Fangraphs links for those that are interested.

Also, no polls today, but feel free to leave your votes in the comments.

Graphs for Game 115 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 115 Chart 2015

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, GAME 115:

  • Superhero - Jake Arrieta (.141). How's this for a run: Nine of his last 10 appearances have been on the Hero podium. Eight of the nine have been as the Superhero.
  • Hero - Dexter Fowler (.118). Due almost entirely to his game-tying double in the third.
  • Sidekick - Kyle Schwarber (.117). His single in the fifth was plenty legit, but there's a fruit basket heading to Alexei Ramirez for getting him on the final step.

THE THREE GOATS, GAME 115:

  • Billy Goat - Chris Denorfia (-.086). Probably would have taken a lower step had he not gotten robbed by Tyler Saladino on a screaming liner.
  • Goat - Starlin Castro (-.081). The lowest plus-minus by a position player last season was minus-27.5 by Nate Schierholtz. With this game, Castro is at minus-26.
  • Kid - David Ross (-.008). It's a pretty bad break for him when he goes 1-for-4 and still can't escape the Goat podium.

And, for Sunday's game...

Graphs for Game 116 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 116 Chart 2015

THE THREE HEROES, GAME 116:

  • Superhero - Travis Wood (.028). As you can tell, it didn't take much to make the Hero podium on Sunday. And pitching 1⅔ scoreless innings was all it took to win the top spot.
  • Hero - Jorge Soler (.017). Thankfully broke up the shutout with his homer in the ninth.
  • Sidekick - Tommy Hunter (.007). It's his first Hero appearance in a Cub uniform, so there's that.

THE THREE GOATS, GAME 116:

  • Billy Goat - Starlin Castro (-.123). And with this game, there's a new single-season low mark by a position player. At least for the past two seasons.
  • Goat - Kris Bryant (-.100). I think Chris Sale pretty much had his number.
  • Kid - Dan Haren (-.095). He's up to 27 homers allowed for the season, six as a Cub. That's... not good.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 116 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):
Arrieta puts more distance on third place with his Saturday outing, while Castro sinks to new lows in the cellar.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

13

20.5

6.5

86.5

Kris Bryant

11

10

6

59

Dexter Fowler

10

5

10

50

Jake Arrieta

12.5

3

0.5

44

Jorge Soler

6

11

3

43

Chris Coghlan

8

2

7

35

Miguel Montero

7.5

5.5

1

34.5

Addison Russell

6

4.5

7.5

34.5

Starlin Castro

3

7

10

33

Jon Lester

7

3

2

29

Jason Hammel

7

3

0

27

Hector Rondon

0

9

8.5

26.5

Kyle Schwarber

6

1

4

24

Travis Wood

2

6

3.5

21.5

Kyle Hendricks

5

1

2

19

Jonathan Herrera

1

5

2

15

Pedro Strop

1

1

8.5

13.5

Jason Motte

0

2.5

5.5

10.5

Justin Grimm

0

2

6.5

10.5

x-Matt Szczur

2

1

2

10

x-Zac Rosscup

2

0

3

9

Chris Denorfia

1

1

3.5

8.5

James Russell

0

3

1.5

7.5

x-Junior Lake

1

1

1

6

x-Tsuyoshi Wada

1

1

0

5

x-Taylor Teagarden

1

1

0

5

Clayton Richard

1

0

2

5

x-Brian Schlitter

0

2

1

5

x-Phil Coke

1

0

0.5

3.5

x-Edwin Jackson

0

1

1

3

Dan Haren

0

1

0

2

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

Tommy Hunter

0

0

1

1

x-Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

x-Yoervis Medina

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

10

9

14

62

Jorge Soler

6

11

9

49

Dexter Fowler

7

8.5

8.5

46.5

Kris Bryant

7

8

8

45

Addison Russell

2

15

8

44

Anthony Rizzo

7

9

4

43

Chris Coghlan

2

9

15

39

Miguel Montero

3

7

7

30

Kyle Hendricks

8

1

1

27

Pedro Strop

7

2

0

25

David Ross

2

4.5

5.5

20.5

Hector Rondon

5

2

0

19

Chris Denorfia

3

2

6

19

Jon Lester

5

1

1

18

Jason Hammel

4

3

0

18

Justin Grimm

2

4

3

17

Jake Arrieta

5

0

1

16

Kyle Schwarber

1

4

3

14

Travis Wood

2

2

3

13

x-Tsuyoshi Wada

4

0

0

12

x-Zac Rosscup

3

1

1

12

Jason Motte

1

4

0

11

Jonathan Herrera

1

2

4

11

x-Brian Schlitter

3

0

1

10

x-Edwin Jackson

2

1

0

8

x-Mike Baxter

2

1

0

8

x-Welington Castillo

1

1

2

7

x-Rafael Soriano

2

0

0

6

x-Dallas Beeler

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

Tommy Hunter

1

0

1

4

Dan Haren

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

Clayton Richard

0

1

0

2

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

0

1

1

x-Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

86.5

43

43.5

Jake Arrieta

44

16

28

Kris Bryant

59

45

14

Jon Lester

29

18

11

Kyle Schwarber

24

14

10

Jason Hammel

27

18

9

Travis Wood

21.5

13

8.5

Hector Rondon

26.5

19

7.5

x-Matt Szczur

10

5

5

x-Taylor Teagarden

5

0

5

Miguel Montero

34.5

30

4.5

Jonathan Herrera

15

11

4

Dexter Fowler

50

46.5

3.5

Clayton Richard

5

2

3

James Russell

7.5

5

2.5

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

x-Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Jason Motte

10.5

11

-0.5

Dan Haren

2

4

-2

x-Zac Rosscup

9

12

-3

x-Donn Roach

0

3

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

Chris Coghlan

35

39

-4

Tommy Hunter

1

4

-3

x-Mike Olt

0

4

-4

x-Brian Schlitter

5

10

-5

x-Edwin Jackson

3

8

-5

x-Welington Castillo

2

7

-5

Jorge Soler

43

49

-6

x-Dallas Beeler

0

6

-6

x-Rafael Soriano

0

6

-6

Justin Grimm

10.5

17

-6.5

x-Mike Baxter

1.5

8

-6.5

x-Tsuyoshi Wada

5

12

-7

Kyle Hendricks

19

27

-8

Addison Russell

34.5

44

-9.5

Chris Denorfia

8.5

19

-10.5

Pedro Strop

13.5

25

-11.5

David Ross

2

20.5

-18.5

Starlin Castro

33

62

-29