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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 118

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There's no mystery to the top of the Goat podium on Wednesday night.

I wonder what Joe and David are talking about in this photo.
I wonder what Joe and David are talking about in this photo.
Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

I guess it could have been worse... it could have been an outing like this one.

Graphs for Game 118 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 118 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 118:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

C Richard

3.1

5

1

1

0

4

0.21

.010

C Denorfia

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

J Russell

1.2

6

1

5

0

2

0.08

-.026

J Motte

1

3

0

2

0

1

0.45

-.060

J Lester

2.2

7

3

7

3

4

0.67

-.385

Total

9

21

5

15

3

11

0.37

-.461

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Bryant

4

2

4

1

2

1

0

0.6

.167

C Coghlan

2

1

1

0

1

0

0

0.4

.063

M Montero

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.56

.053

K Schwarber

3

2

1

1

1

2

1

0.41

.048

D Fowler

5

1

3

1

2

0

1

0.35

.009

J Herrera

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.01

.001

C Denorfia

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.000

C Richard

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.24

-.012

D Ross

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.39

-.019

S Castro

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.56

-.019

A Rizzo

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.01

-.027

A Russell

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.97

-.111

J Soler

4

0

0

0

1

0

1

1.2

-.192

Total

37

8

11

3

7

4

7

0.62

-.039

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 (.167). It's always good to have a 4-for-4 game. It's unfortunate that it came in a blowout loss.
  • Hero - Chris Coghlan (.063). I wouldn't have thought that a run-scoring triple when the Cubs were down five would have counted for as much as it did. Apparently I thought incorrectly.
  • Sidekick - Miguel Montero (.053). And then some days all it takes is a walk when you're down four.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jon Lester (-.385). I don't think anything really needs to be said here.
  • Goat - Jorge Soler (-.192). Lots of chances with runners on and only capitalized once. And that was when the Cubs were down eight in the ninth.
  • Kid - Addison Russell (-.111). That spike in the sixth on the chart above belongs to Russell for his double play. (The fifth and seventh-inning spikes belong to the guy one step up.)
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 118 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):
Bryant makes a move away from the pack in third place, while Russell sinks into a tie for fourth on the other side of the chart.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

14

20.5

6.5

89.5

Kris Bryant

12

10

6

62

Dexter Fowler

10

5

11

51

Jake Arrieta

12.5

3

0.5

44

Jorge Soler

6

11

3

43

Chris Coghlan

8

3

7

37

Miguel Montero

7.5

5.5

2

35.5

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

2

4

26

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

x-Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

x-Yoervis Medina

0

0

1

1

Tommy Hunter

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

10

9

14

62

Jorge Soler

6

12

10

52

Dexter Fowler

7

8.5

8.5

46.5

Kris Bryant

7

8

8

45

Addison Russell

2

15

9

45

Anthony Rizzo

7

9

4

43

Chris Coghlan

2

9

15

39

Miguel Montero

3

7

7

30

Pedro Strop

8

2

0

28

Kyle Hendricks

8

1

1

27

Jon Lester

6

1

1

21

David Ross

2

4.5

5.5

20.5

Jason Hammel

4

4

0

20

Hector Rondon

5

2

0

19

Chris Denorfia

3

2

6

19

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

89.5

43

46.5

Jake Arrieta

44

16

28

Kris Bryant

62

45

17

Kyle Schwarber

26

14

12

Travis Wood

21.5

13

8.5

Jon Lester

29

21

8

Hector Rondon

26.5

19

7.5

Jason Hammel

27

20

7

Miguel Montero

35.5

30

5.5

x-Matt Szczur

10

5

5

x-Taylor Teagarden

5

0

5

Dexter Fowler

51

46.5

4.5

Jonathan Herrera

15

11

4

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

Chris Coghlan

37

39

-2

Dan Haren

2

4

-2

x-Zac Rosscup

9

12

-3

Tommy Hunter

1

4

-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

x-Edwin Jackson

3

8

-5

x-Welington Castillo

2

7

-5

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

Jorge Soler

43

52

-9

Addison Russell

34.5

45

-10.5

Chris Denorfia

8.5

19

-10.5

Pedro Strop

13.5

28

-14.5

David Ross

2

20.5

-18.5

Starlin Castro

33

62

-29