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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 145

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In a game that felt like it was already October 7, Hector Rondon pitches two strong innings of relief to get the win and Wednesday's Superhero award.

Yeah, I'd be pretty pumped too.
Yeah, I'd be pretty pumped too.
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This tweet from Len Kasper pretty much sums everything up.

Graphs for Game 145 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 145 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 145:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

H Rondon

2

1

0

0

0

1

2.27

.307

F Rodney

1

0

0

0

0

1

1.73

.126

P Strop

1

1

0

0

0

0

2.76

.126

J Arrieta

8

6

0

1

1

5

1.63

.094

Total

12

8

0

1

1

7

1.82

.653

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Bryant

6

1

3

0

1

0

1

1.6

.198

A Jackson

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.29

.108

Q Berry

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

3.47

.092

A Rizzo

4

1

1

0

1

1

2

1.63

.071

C Denorfia

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.97

.041

M Montero

4

0

2

0

0

0

1

1.24

-.004

K Schwarber

3

0

1

0

0

1

2

1.44

-.016

J Baez

4

0

1

0

0

1

2

1.6

-.018

D Ross

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.89

-.024

T La Stella

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.69

-.041

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2.96

-.069

D Fowler

6

0

1

0

0

0

2

1.45

-.112

J Arrieta

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

1.43

-.117

C Coghlan

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.58

-.127

S Castro

4

0

0

0

1

0

2

1.82

-.137

Total

46

3

13

0

3

3

15

1.59

-.153

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 - Hector Rondon (.307). Outings don't come much bigger than that one, especially having to go through the 2-3-4 hitters to try and end it.
  • Hero - Kris Bryant (.198). Did his best to set the table early and then eventually said "Heck with it; I'm just going to drive one in."
  • Sidekick (tie) - Fernando Rodney and Pedro Strop (.126). Although I'm pretty sure that Strop owes a partial share -- a very big one -- to Starlin Castro for his slick play on the Aramis Ramirez grounder.

THE THREE GOATS: For the 36th time this season and 33rd from the Goats, there's a bump as Jake Arrieta's -.117 hitting is moved out. His hitting now sits at minus-24 on the season.

  • Billy Goat - Starlin Castro (-.137). The slick defense was definitely nice, but he looked really, really bad on his strikeouts.
  • Goat - Chris Coghlan (-.127). Only needed three plate appearances to make the Goats in this game, with the big one being his whiff with runners on the corners.
  • Kid - Dexter Fowler (-.112). Had a couple of hard-hit balls, one of which fell for a triple, and was victimized by a couple of borderline calls.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 145 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):
Rodney records his first Hero appearance as a Cub, while Castro once again sinks further into the abyss.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

16

23.5

11.5

106.5

Kris Bryant

16

16

9

89

Dexter Fowler

11

6

16

61

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

Jon Lester

9

5

2

39

Kyle Schwarber

9

2

5

36

Jason Hammel

7

4

1

30

Hector Rondon

1

9

8.5

29.5

Travis Wood

2

6

3.5

21.5

Kyle Hendricks

5

1

3

20

Pedro Strop

1

2

9

16

Jonathan Herrera

1

5

2

15

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

Tommy La Stella

2

2

0

10

Zac Rosscup

2

0

3.5

9.5

x-James Russell

0

3

1.5

7.5

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

David Ross

0

1

2

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

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

Fernando Rodney

0

0

0.5

0.5

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

11

11

14

69

Addison Russell

5

17

12

61

Dexter Fowler

9

10.5

10.5

58.5

Kris Bryant

8

10

9

53

x-Jorge Soler

6

12

10

52

Anthony Rizzo

7

10

9

50

Chris Coghlan

3

11

15

46

Kyle Hendricks

9

3

1

34

Miguel Montero

3

8

9

34

Pedro Strop

9

2

0

31

Jason Hammel

6

5

0

28

Kyle Schwarber

3

6

6

27

Justin Grimm

4

5

4

26

David Ross

3

4.5

6.5

24.5

Jon Lester

7

1

1

24

Hector Rondon

6

3

0

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

106.5

50

56.5

Jake Arrieta

58

16

42

Kris Bryant

89

53

36

Jon Lester

39

24

15

Miguel Montero

46.5

34

12.5

Kyle Schwarber

36

27

9

Matt Szczur

12.5

6

6.5

Tommy La Stella

10

4

6

Hector Rondon

29.5

24

5.5

Travis Wood

21.5

16

5.5

x-Taylor Teagarden

5

0

5

Trevor Cahill

3

0

3

Dexter Fowler

61

58.5

2.5

x-James Russell

7.5

5

2.5

Jason Hammel

30

28

2

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

Chris Coghlan

43

46

-3

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

Fernando Rodney

0.5

7

-6.5

Tsuyoshi Wada

5

12

-7

Dan Haren

4

12

-8

x-Jorge Soler

43

52

-9

Chris Denorfia

12.5

22

-9.5

Kyle Hendricks

20

34

-14

Pedro Strop

16

31

-15

Addison Russell

45.5

61

-15.5

Justin Grimm

10.5

26

-15.5

David Ross

4

24.5

-20.5

Starlin Castro

41

69

-28