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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 138

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Another subpar bullpen performance on Wednesday leads to an almost-clean sweep of the Goat podium, with only one member of the fire-starting brigade spared.

And... thud.
And... thud.
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Well, that one hurt. I must admit, though; I had a pretty uneasy feeling about things once the eighth inning started. I'm guessing I wasn't the only one.

Graphs for Game 138 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 138 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 138:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lester

7

2

0

1

1

7

1.04

.305

P Strop

0.1

1

0

2

1

0

1.61

-.088

C Richard

0

1

0

1

0

0

4.03

-.153

F Rodney

0.2

1

0

0

1

1

1.98

-.470

Total

8

5

0

4

3

8

1.3

-.405

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T La Stella

2

0

1

0

1

1

0

0.71

.102

A Rizzo

4

1

1

0

1

0

0

0.61

.082

A Russell

4

0

2

0

0

0

1

0.72

.061

S Castro

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.27

.007

J Baez

4

0

2

0

0

0

2

0.64

-.004

J Herrera

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.31

-.007

D Fowler

5

0

1

0

1

0

2

1.36

-.012

D Ross

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.8

-.040

J Lester

3

1

1

0

0

0

1

1.04

-.044

A Jackson

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.92

-.046

C Denorfia

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.98

-.047

C Coghlan

3

1

1

0

0

0

2

0.88

-.049

K Schwarber

4

0

0

0

0

0

4

0.82

-.098

Total

38

3

11

0

3

1

14

0.86

-.095

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 - Jon Lester (.305). Would it have been wiser to leave him for the eighth inning, facing the bottom of the order, with 105 pitches already thrown? The world will never know.
  • Hero - Tommy La Stella (.102). With the way the season has gone so far for La Stella, a 1-for-2 day with a walk is almost something to be celebrated.
  • Sidekick - Anthony Rizzo (.082). Led off the scoring in the game for the Cubs, but not having a hit after that landed him on the final step instead of the second one.

THE THREE GOATS: Today in reverse order with a special mention going to Pedro Strop, who had another rough day on the mound but missed out on the podium only because of one worse performance, and that was from...

  • Kid - Kyle Schwarber (-.098). Just didn't have it at the plate today, recording the dreaded swinging golden sombrero.
  • Goat - Clayton Richard (-.153). Couldn't get Matt Carpenter out the second time around, causing the fire to grow a bit bigger, and then...
  • Billy Goat - Fernando Rodney (-.470). ...the double from Stephen Piscotty sent it out of control.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 138 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):
Lester makes a big move toward the front of the secondary pack, while Rizzo just keeps on climbing at the front.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

16

23.5

9.5

104.5

Kris Bryant

16

14

8

84

Dexter Fowler

11

6

14

59

Jake Arrieta

15.5

4

0.5

55

Miguel Montero

10.5

5.5

4

46.5

x-Jorge Soler

6

11

3

43

Addison Russell

8

5.5

7.5

42.5

Starlin Castro

4

9

11

41

Chris Coghlan

8

3

9

39

Jon Lester

8

5

2

36

Kyle Schwarber

8

2

5

33

Jason Hammel

7

4

1

30

Hector Rondon

0

9

8.5

26.5

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

Matt Szczur

2

2

2.5

12.5

Chris Denorfia

1

2

5.5

12.5

x-Jason Motte

0

2.5

5.5

10.5

Justin Grimm

0

2

6.5

10.5

Zac Rosscup

2

0

3.5

9.5

x-James Russell

0

3

1.5

7.5

Tommy La Stella

1

2

0

7

x-Junior Lake

1

1

1

6

Clayton Richard

1

0

3

6

Tsuyoshi Wada

1

1

0

5

x-Taylor Teagarden

1

1

0

5

x-Brian Schlitter

0

2

1

5

Dan Haren

0

2

0

4

x-Phil Coke

1

0

0.5

3.5

x-Edwin Jackson

0

1

1

3

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

1

0

2

x-Welington Castillo

0

1

0

2

David Ross

0

0

2

2

x-Mike Baxter

0

0

1.5

1.5

Austin Jackson

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Tommy Hunter

0

0

1

1

Yoervis Medina

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

10

10

14

64

Addison Russell

4

17

11

57

Dexter Fowler

9

9.5

8.5

54.5

Kris Bryant

8

10

8

52

x-Jorge Soler

6

12

10

52

Anthony Rizzo

7

9

9

48

Chris Coghlan

3

10

15

44

Kyle Hendricks

9

3

1

34

Miguel Montero

3

8

8

33

Pedro Strop

9

2

0

31

Kyle Schwarber

3

6

5

26

Jason Hammel

5

5

0

25

Jon Lester

7

1

1

24

Hector Rondon

6

2

0

22

Chris Denorfia

3

3

7

22

David Ross

2

4.5

6.5

21.5

Justin Grimm

3

4

4

21

Jake Arrieta

5

0

1

16

Travis Wood

3

2

3

16

Jonathan Herrera

1

2.5

6.5

14.5

Tsuyoshi Wada

4

0

0

12

Zac Rosscup

3

1

1

12

x-Jason Motte

1

4

0

11

x-Brian Schlitter

3

0

1

10

Clayton Richard

1

3

1

10

Dan Haren

2

1

1

9

x-Edwin Jackson

2

1

0

8

x-Mike Baxter

2

1

0

8

x-Welington Castillo

1

1

2

7

Austin Jackson

2

0

0

6

x-Dallas Beeler

2

0

0

6

x-Rafael Soriano

2

0

0

6

Matt Szczur

0

1

4

6

Tommy Hunter

1

0.5

1.5

5.5

Fernando Rodney

1

1

0

5

x-James Russell

1

1

0

5

x-Junior Lake

1

0

2

5

x-Mike Olt

1

0

1

4

Tommy La Stella

0

1

2

4

x-Donn Roach

1

0

0

3

x-Gonzalez Germen

1

0

0

3

x-Phil Coke

0

1

1

3

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

104.5

48

56.5

Jake Arrieta

55

16

39

Kris Bryant

84

52

32

Miguel Montero

46.5

33

13.5

Jon Lester

36

24

12

Kyle Schwarber

33

26

7

Matt Szczur

12.5

6

6.5

Travis Wood

21.5

16

5.5

Jason Hammel

30

25

5

x-Taylor Teagarden

5

0

5

Dexter Fowler

59

54.5

4.5

Hector Rondon

26.5

22

4.5

Tommy La Stella

7

4

3

x-James Russell

7.5

5

2.5

x-Junior Lake

6

5

1

x-Arismendy Alcantara

2

1

1

Yoervis Medina

1

0

1

Jonathan Herrera

15

14.5

0.5

x-Phil Coke

3.5

3

0.5

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

x-Jason Motte

10.5

11

-0.5

Zac Rosscup

9.5

12

-2.5

x-Donn Roach

0

3

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

Clayton Richard

6

10

-4

x-Mike Olt

0

4

-4

Tommy Hunter

1

5.5

-4.5

Chris Coghlan

39

44

-5

x-Brian Schlitter

5

10

-5

Dan Haren

4

9

-5

x-Edwin Jackson

3

8

-5

x-Welington Castillo

2

7

-5

Austin Jackson

1

6

-5

Fernando Rodney

0

5

-5

x-Dallas Beeler

0

6

-6

x-Rafael Soriano

0

6

-6

x-Mike Baxter

1.5

8

-6.5

Tsuyoshi Wada

5

12

-7

x-Jorge Soler

43

52

-9

Chris Denorfia

12.5

22

-9.5

Justin Grimm

10.5

21

-10.5

Addison Russell

42.5

57

-14.5

Kyle Hendricks

19

34

-15

Pedro Strop

13.5

31

-17.5

David Ross

2

21.5

-19.5

Starlin Castro

41

64

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