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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Games 141 & 142

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Here's the recap of the weekend games against the Phillies.

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So, maybe I shouldn't make trips to Chicago anymore while the Cubs are playing on the road... they're now 0-2 this season when I'm in town and they're not. It's a curse, I tell you!

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 who are interested.

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

Graphs for Game 141 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 141 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 141:

  • Superhero - Trevor Cahill (.266). It's only the second time in his entire career that he allowed no hits in at least three innings pitched; the other time was on April 19, 2014.
  • Hero - Kris Bryant (.219). Had the big double to cut the lead to one that also set the table for Miguel Montero.
  • Sidekick - Dexter Fowler (.165). Three walks, a single and a stolen base, with his final walk giving him the final podium spot on the day.

THE THREE GOATS, GAME 141:

  • Billy Goat - Justin Grimm (-.495). There are meltdowns...
  • Goat - Hector Rondon (-.380). ...and then there are more meltdowns...
  • Kid - Javier Baez (-.189). ...and then there are catchers in the lane.

And in Sunday's game...

Graphs for Game 142 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 142 Chart 2015

THE THREE HEROES, GAME 142:

  • Superhero - Addison Russell (.139). It's a rare two-fruit-basket podium with Russell getting one spot courtesy of the error by Freddy Galvis...
  • Sidekick - Anthony Rizzo (.117). ...and Rizzo getting another spot courtesy of the error by Cesar Hernandez.
  • Hero - Chris Coghlan (.125). Is two triples and a homer any good?  It was almost two homers, too, with the second one missing by a matter of a few feet.

THE THREE GOATS, GAME 142:

  • Billy Goat - Dan Haren (-.312). Well, whoever that guy was that was pitching in St. Louis, he apparently didn't follow the team to Philadelphia.
  • Goat - Dexter Fowler (-.144). Got robbed of one hit on a diving catch, but the two flyouts with runners on were what really did him in.
  • Kid - Miguel Montero (-.135). An 0-for-4 day with a couple of whiffs.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 142 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):
No major changes to the plus/minus chart over the weekend, with the top and bottom of the chart remaining the same as they were after Friday's doubleheader.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

16

23.5

10.5

105.5

Kris Bryant

16

15

9

87

Dexter Fowler

11

6

15

60

Jake Arrieta

16.5

4

0.5

58

Miguel Montero

10.5

5.5

4

46.5

Addison Russell

9

5.5

7.5

45.5

Chris Coghlan

8

5

9

43

x-Jorge Soler

6

11

3

43

Starlin Castro

4

9

11

41

Kyle Schwarber

9

2

5

36

Jon Lester

8

5

2

36

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

3

20

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

Trevor Cahill

1

0

0

3

Austin Jackson

0

1

1

3

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

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

12

58

Dexter Fowler

9

10.5

9.5

57.5

Kris Bryant

8

10

8

52

x-Jorge Soler

6

12

10

52

Anthony Rizzo

7

10

9

50

Chris Coghlan

3

10

15

44

Kyle Hendricks

9

3

1

34

Miguel Montero

3

8

9

34

Pedro Strop

9

2

0

31

Kyle Schwarber

3

6

5

26

Jason Hammel

5

5

0

25

David Ross

3

4.5

6.5

24.5

Jon Lester

7

1

1

24

Hector Rondon

6

3

0

24

Justin Grimm

4

4

4

24

Chris Denorfia

3

3

7

22

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

Dan Haren

3

1

1

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

x-Edwin Jackson

2

1

0

8

x-Mike Baxter

2

1

0

8

Fernando Rodney

1

2

0

7

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

x-James Russell

1

1

0

5

x-Junior Lake

1

0

2

5

Javier Baez

1

0

1

4

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

105.5

50

55.5

Jake Arrieta

58

16

42

Kris Bryant

87

52

35

Miguel Montero

46.5

34

12.5

Jon Lester

36

24

12

Kyle Schwarber

36

26

10

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

Tommy La Stella

7

4

3

Trevor Cahill

3

0

3

Dexter Fowler

60

57.5

2.5

Hector Rondon

26.5

24

2.5

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

Chris Coghlan

43

44

-1

Zac Rosscup

9.5

12

-2.5

Austin Jackson

3

6

-3

x-Donn Roach

0

3

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

Clayton Richard

6

10

-4

Javier Baez

0

4

-4

x-Mike Olt

0

4

-4

Tommy Hunter

1

5.5

-4.5

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

x-Mike Baxter

1.5

8

-6.5

Tsuyoshi Wada

5

12

-7

Fernando Rodney

0

7

-7

Dan Haren

4

12

-8

x-Jorge Soler

43

52

-9

Chris Denorfia

12.5

22

-9.5

Addison Russell

45.5

58

-12.5

Justin Grimm

10.5

24

-13.5

Kyle Hendricks

20

34

-14

Pedro Strop

13.5

31

-17.5

David Ross

2

24.5

-22.5

Starlin Castro

41

64

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