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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 150

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It was a tight race at the top on Monday night, but Starlin Castro takes the top step by taking a page out of the Anthony Rizzo playbook.

Look at Rizzo doing everything he can to push Castro down.  Bad sportsmanship, man!
Look at Rizzo doing everything he can to push Castro down. Bad sportsmanship, man!
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I'll let Miggy sum this one up.

Graphs for Game 150 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 150 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 150:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

C Richard

1.1

1

0

0

0

0

1.27

.101

T Cahill

0.2

1

0

0

0

1

1.6

.021

T Wood

1

0

0

0

0

2

0.15

.011

T Hunter

1

1

1

1

0

1

0.24

.003

J Hammel

5

5

1

3

1

6

1.07

-.247

Total

9

8

2

4

1

10

0.99

-.110

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

S Castro

2

1

2

0

2

0

0

1.45

.272

A Rizzo

3

3

3

0

0

2

0

0.93

.246

D Fowler

5

0

1

0

2

0

0

1.06

.174

A Russell

3

1

0

0

1

2

1

0.97

.083

K Bryant

5

2

3

0

0

0

0

0.52

.069

J Soler

1

1

1

1

3

0

0

0.48

.034

T La Stella

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.49

.016

J Baez

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.02

.001

A Jackson

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.03

-.001

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.06

-.002

D Ross

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.11

-.003

C Coghlan

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

1.18

-.005

M Montero

3

0

1

0

1

0

1

1.43

-.018

K Schwarber

4

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.6

-.077

J Hammel

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

1.98

-.178

Total

35

9

13

1

9

6

4

0.91

.610

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 - Starlin Castro (.272). His ringing double got him more than halfway to the top, but it was the perfectly-placed blooper and the shot off of his inner thigh that got him the rest of the way home.
  • Hero - Anthony Rizzo (.246). Meanwhile, Rizzo and his 3-for-3 day with two walks looks up at Castro and says "Hey, getting hit is my thing!"
  • Sidekick - Dexter Fowler (.174). He got one heck of a ricochet off of second base on that double of his.

THE THREE GOATS: For the 37th time on the season, there's a bump on the Goat podium as Jason Hammel's -.178 hitting is moved out. Pitchers' hitting now stands at minus-69 on the season. Yikes.

  • Billy Goat - Jason Hammel (-.247). It wouldn't feel like a true Hammel outing without a couple of runs in the first inning.
  • Goat - Kyle Schwarber (-.077). He's in just a bit of a skid, hitting 2-for-27 in his last seven games.
  • Kid - Miguel Montero (-.018). Was hurt by two empty chances with at least one runner in scoring position.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 150 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):
Castro once again pushes himself back against the cellar door, hoping to break through it the second time around.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

17

26.5

11.5

115.5

Kris Bryant

16

17

9

91

Dexter Fowler

11

6

17

62

Jake Arrieta

16.5

4

0.5

58

Starlin Castro

6

9

12

48

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

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

Tommy La Stella

3

2

0

13

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

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

6

18

12

66

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

10

35

Pedro Strop

9

2

0

31

Jason Hammel

7

5

0

31

Kyle Schwarber

3

7

6

29

Justin Grimm

4

5

5

27

Jon Lester

7

1

2

25

David Ross

3

4.5

6.5

24.5

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

Quintin Berry

0

1

0

2

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

115.5

50

65.5

Jake Arrieta

58

16

42

Kris Bryant

91

53

38

Jon Lester

39

25

14

Miguel Montero

46.5

35

11.5

Tommy La Stella

13

4

9

Kyle Schwarber

36

29

7

Matt Szczur

12.5

6

6.5

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

62

58.5

3.5

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

Jason Hammel

30

31

-1

Chris Coghlan

44

46

-2

Quintin Berry

0

2

-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

Justin Grimm

10.5

27

-16.5

Kyle Hendricks

20

37

-17

Addison Russell

47.5

66

-18.5

David Ross

4

24.5

-20.5

Starlin Castro

48

69

-21