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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 146

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It's just another day at the top of the podium for Anthony Rizzo, picking up his seventeenth Superhero of the season.

That was an absolute laser beam of a homer.
That was an absolute laser beam of a homer.
Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

And now, it's time for the final homestand of the regular season. Here's hoping the Cubs can take care of business at Wrigley and get that magic number the rest of the way down while they're at home.

Graphs for Game 146 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 146 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 146:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T Wood

2

0

0

0

0

5

0.53

.078

C Richard

3.1

4

0

2

0

0

0.5

.054

J Grimm

0.2

1

0

0

0

1

0.81

.000

K Hendricks

3

6

3

4

0

5

0.9

-.325

Total

9

11

3

6

0

11

0.69

-.193

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

4

1

2

1

2

1

0

0.99

.165

A Russell

4

2

2

0

2

1

0

1.02

.153

C Coghlan

3

1

1

0

0

0

1

1.31

.152

M Montero

4

2

1

0

0

1

0

0.89

.107

K Bryant

4

1

3

0

0

1

0

0.65

.078

T La Stella

4

0

2

0

2

0

0

0.63

.072

C Richard

2

1

1

0

2

0

1

0.6

.055

K Schwarber

5

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.63

.019

D Fowler

6

1

2

0

0

0

1

0.47

.005

J Baez

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.08

.003

C Denorfia

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.11

.002

T Wood

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.11

-.003

A Jackson

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.26

-.032

K Hendricks

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.54

-.084

Total

44

9

17

1

8

4

7

0.74

.693

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 - Anthony Rizzo (.165). Don't look now, but he's just one-half of a point shy of the plus-60 mark on the season. That's crazy talk.
  • Hero - Addison Russell (.153). A very nice 2-for-4 day, plus he turned an unassisted double play for style points.
  • Sidekick - Chris Coghlan (.152). Would have missed the Hero podium if not for the fielding error by Jung Ho Kang on his grounder in the first.

THE THREE GOATS: Well, this is a first for the season... there's a bump on the Goat podium for Kyle Hendricks' -.084 hitting, and that bump caused a second bump for Travis Wood's -.003 hitting. I guess you could call that a domino-effect bump. Or something.

  • Billy Goat - Kyle Hendricks (-.325). His pitching doesn't get a free pass, though.
  • Goat - Austin Jackson (-.032). Sometimes double plays hurt even when you're leading by five runs when you hit into it.
  • Kid - Justin Grimm (.000). Just can't get out of an inning unscathed lately.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 145 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):
Rizzo continues his climb to dizzying heights, while Grimm and Hendricks continue falling toward the bottom of the pack.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

17

23.5

11.5

109.5

Kris Bryant

16

16

9

89

Dexter Fowler

11

6

16

61

Jake Arrieta

16.5

4

0.5

58

Addison Russell

9

6.5

7.5

47.5

Miguel Montero

10.5

5.5

4

46.5

Chris Coghlan

8

5

10

44

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

10

3

1

37

Miguel Montero

3

8

9

34

Pedro Strop

9

2

0

31

Jason Hammel

6

5

0

28

Justin Grimm

4

5

5

27

Kyle Schwarber

3

6

6

27

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

Austin Jackson

2

1

0

8

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

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

109.5

50

59.5

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

Chris Coghlan

44

46

-2

Zac Rosscup

9.5

12

-2.5

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

Austin Jackson

3

8

-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

Addison Russell

47.5

61

-13.5

Pedro Strop

16

31

-15

Justin Grimm

10.5

27

-16.5

Kyle Hendricks

20

37

-17

David Ross

4

24.5

-20.5

Starlin Castro

41

69

-28