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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 153

It was the strikeout that led to the majority of the appearances on the Goat podium on Friday.

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

I had a friend of mine text me a few days ago to ask me if there was ever a time that I could recall the Cubs clinching a playoff spot while they weren't playing. The only instance I can remember that was close to it was in 1998 when the Cubs had just lost to the Astros 4-3 in 11 innings on the final day of the season, and almost immediately after that found out that they would be in the one-game playoff against the Giants who lost a minute later by a score of 9-8 to the Rockies. I only remember it as well as I do because I was actually at the Astrodome watching that game with that friend of mine as well as a few other people. I also saw the Saturday game that the Cubs won 3-2 on a crazy play to end the game that saw Dave Clark get called out for running out of the base line on an attempted tag by Rod Beck.  You want to talk about electric atmospheres; I'm pretty sure that people were going deaf in the Astrodome that weekend.

Graphs for Game 153 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 153 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 153:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lester

7

5

0

2

0

6

1.12

.023

F Rodney

0.2

1

0

0

0

2

0.24

.007

T Wood

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

0.24

.006

P Strop

1

1

0

1

0

3

1.15

-.093

Total

9

7

0

3

0

11

1.02

-.057

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

S Castro

2

0

1

0

1

0

0

1.88

.259

C Denorfia

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

1.63

.100

K Schwarber

2

0

1

0

0

1

0

0.8

.043

A Jackson

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.55

.024

K Bryant

4

1

2

0

0

0

2

1.48

.015

A Russell

3

0

1

0

1

0

0

1.97

.013

A Rizzo

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.97

-.007

T La Stella

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.97

-.046

D Ross

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.56

-.056

M Montero

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

2.99

-.072

D Fowler

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.8

-.077

J Lester

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.67

-.090

C Coghlan

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

1.44

-.093

J Baez

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

3.63

-.187

J Soler

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

3.47

-.268

Total

33

2

7

0

2

3

12

1.67

-.443

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 (.259). It's official, ladies and gentlemen: Mister Castro has exited the basement.
  • Hero - Chris Denorfia (.100). Did his job with a pinch-hit double in the ninth. (That phrase seems somewhat familiar for this podium spot...)
  • Sidekick - Kyle Schwarber (.043). Takes the final spot with a table-setting single, plus had a nifty play in left to go along with it.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jorge Soler (-.268). That strikeout was just absolutely brutal.
  • Goat - Javier Baez (-.187). That strikeout wasn't much better, either.
  • Kid (tie) - Chris Coghlan and Pedro Strop (-.093). You could make the case that part of Strop's podium spot should go to Miguel Montero for not coming up with that dropped third strike. Coghlan joins the two people above him on the podium as a result of a very inopportune whiff.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 153 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):
Castro leapfrogs two places up on the chart, pushing David Ross into the cellar and moving Addison Russell outside of the door.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

17

26.5

11.5

115.5

Kris Bryant

16

18

9

93

Dexter Fowler

11

6

17

62

Jake Arrieta

17.5

4

0.5

61

Starlin Castro

7

9

12

51

Addison Russell

9

6.5

7.5

47.5

Miguel Montero

10.5

5.5

4

46.5

Jorge Soler

7

11

3

46

Chris Coghlan

8

5

10

44

Jon Lester

9

5

2

39

Kyle Schwarber

9

2

7

38

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

Tommy La Stella

3

3

0

15

Jonathan Herrera

1

5

2

15

Chris Denorfia

1

3

5.5

14.5

Matt Szczur

2

2

2.5

12.5

Zac Rosscup

2

0

4.5

10.5

x-Jason Motte

0

2.5

5.5

10.5

Justin Grimm

0

2

6.5

10.5

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

11.5

10.5

60.5

Jorge Soler

7

12

10

55

Kris Bryant

8

10

9

53

Anthony Rizzo

7

10

10

51

Chris Coghlan

4

11

15.5

49.5

Kyle Hendricks

10

3

1

37

Miguel Montero

3

9

10

37

Pedro Strop

9

2

0.5

31.5

Jason Hammel

7

5

0

31

Kyle Schwarber

3

7

7

30

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

Javier Baez

2

1

2

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

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

51

64.5

Jake Arrieta

61

16

45

Kris Bryant

93

53

40

Jon Lester

39

25

14

Tommy La Stella

15

4

11

Miguel Montero

46.5

37

9.5

Kyle Schwarber

38

30

8

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

x-James Russell

7.5

5

2.5

Dexter Fowler

62

60.5

1.5

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

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

Chris Coghlan

44

49.5

-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

Chris Denorfia

14.5

22

-7.5

Zac Rosscup

10.5

18

-7.5

Jorge Soler

46

55

-9

Dan Haren

4

13

-9

Javier Baez

0

10

-10

Pedro Strop

19

31.5

-12.5

Justin Grimm

10.5

27

-16.5

Kyle Hendricks

20

37

-17

Starlin Castro

51

69

-18

Addison Russell

47.5

66

-18.5

David Ross

4

24.5

-20.5