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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 148

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The Superhero for Saturday goes to Pedro Strop, but the Hickman voting should be quite interesting.

What is David Ross saying to Pedro Strop in this photo?
What is David Ross saying to Pedro Strop in this photo?
Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

If you would have asked be before the Pirates series started last week if the Cubs would win five games in a row against them and the Cardinals, I would have said no probably 10 times out of 10.

But man, it feels good.

Graphs for Game 148 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 148 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 148:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

P Strop

1

0

0

0

0

1

3.86

.289

T Cahill

3.1

2

0

0

1

3

1.42

.192

J Grimm

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

1.06

.031

T Wood

2.2

2

0

1

2

3

1.08

.020

F Rodney

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.25

.018

C Richard

0.2

1

0

0

0

0

0.71

-.008

H Rondon

0

0

0

1

0

0

0.29

-.015

Z Rosscup

0

3

1

2

0

0

1.61

-.262

Total

9

8

1

4

3

8

1.29

.265

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Bryant

3

2

2

1

2

1

1

0.58

.214

J Soler

2

2

1

1

1

1

1

0.72

.114

S Castro

4

0

2

0

1

0

2

0.71

.039

T La Stella

1

0

1

0

1

0

0

0.36

.029

T Cahill

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.38

.011

D Ross

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.38

.004

A Rizzo

4

0

2

0

0

0

1

0.58

.003

A Russell

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.02

.000

D Fowler

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.13

-.003

T Wood

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.03

-.023

C Denorfia

4

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.46

-.029

J Baez

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.58

-.059

A Jackson

5

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.51

-.065

Total

31

5

9

2

5

5

11

0.54

.235

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 - Pedro Strop (.289). With a major assist to Addison Russell for his spectacular diving play to end the game.
  • Hero - Kris Bryant (.214). Just one more homer to break the 54-year-old mark set by Billy Williams for most homers as a Cub rookie.
  • Sidekick - Trevor Cahill (.192). Did everything you could ask for in a bullpen day.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Zac Rosscup (-.262). How not to follow up a day allowing two walks in three batters: Allowing two singles and a homer in three batters.
  • Goat - Austin Jackson (-.065). The lone 0-for-5 outing on the day for the Cubs...
  • Kid - Javier Baez (-.059). ...and the lone 0-for-4 outing on the day for the Cubs.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 148 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):
Bryant extends his personal best on the chart and finds himself just two points shy of the plus-40 mark.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

17

24.5

11.5

111.5

Kris Bryant

16

17

9

91

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

Starlin Castro

5

9

11

44

x-Jorge Soler

6

11

3

43

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

2

2

9

19

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

Trevor Cahill

1

0

1

4

Dan Haren

0

2

0

4

David Ross

0

1

2

4

x-Phil Coke

1

0

0.5

3.5

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

Tommy Hunter

0

0

2

2

x-Mike Baxter

0

0

1.5

1.5

Neil Ramirez

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

18

12

63

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

Zac Rosscup

5

1

1

18

Jake Arrieta

5

0

1

16

Travis Wood

3

2

3

16

Jonathan Herrera

1

2.5

6.5

14.5

Dan Haren

3

1

2

13

Tsuyoshi Wada

4

0

0

12

x-Jason Motte

1

4

0

11

x-Brian Schlitter

3

0

1

10

Austin Jackson

2

2

0

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

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

Javier Baez

1

0

2

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

111.5

50

61.5

Jake Arrieta

58

16

42

Kris Bryant

91

53

38

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

4

0

4

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

x-Donn Roach

0

3

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

Tommy Hunter

2

5.5

-3.5

Clayton Richard

6

10

-4

x-Mike Olt

0

4

-4

x-Brian Schlitter

5

10

-5

x-Edwin Jackson

3

8

-5

x-Welington Castillo

2

7

-5

Javier Baez

0

5

-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

Austin Jackson

3

10

-7

Zac Rosscup

9.5

18

-8.5

x-Jorge Soler

43

52

-9

Dan Haren

4

13

-9

Chris Denorfia

12.5

22

-9.5

Pedro Strop

19

31

-12

Addison Russell

47.5

63

-15.5

Justin Grimm

10.5

27

-16.5

Kyle Hendricks

20

37

-17

David Ross

4

24.5

-20.5

Starlin Castro

44

69

-25