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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Games 154 & 155

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Here's the recap of the weekend games against the Pirates.

Thanks for the memories, Aramis. See you again in a week and a half.
Thanks for the memories, Aramis. See you again in a week and a half.
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As has been the case with previous two-game recaps, I won't be including each game's stats here in the interest of keeping the piece a bit shorter. The stats can can be found at the included Fangraphs links for those who are interested.

And as usual with two-game recaps, no polls today, but feel free to leave your votes in the comments.

Graphs for Game 154 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 154 Chart 2015

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, GAME 154:

  • Superhero - Kris Bryant (.110). Did a lot of table-setting, with his double in the fourth leading him to the top spot.
  • Hero - Trevor Cahill (.066). Deftly escaped a big bases-loaded jam in the fifth.
  • Sidekick - Addison Russell (.051). A very nice day for him, getting on base all three times he went to the plate.

THE THREE GOATS, GAME 154:

  • Billy Goat - Jason Hammel (-.199). The first four innings were pretty good. And then there was the fifth inning.
  • Goat - Starlin Castro (-.123). Had a couple of chances with Bryant on base but couldn't bring him home.
  • Kid - Austin Jackson (-.100). Hit a couple of balls hard but unfortunately was victimized by a couple of nice defensive plays.

And for Sunday's game...

Graphs for Game 155 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 155 Chart 2015

THE THREE HEROES, GAME 155: For only the fourth time this season and the first time in 68 games, there's a bump on the Hero podium as Jake Arrieta's .072 hitting is moved out. It's also the second time that Arrieta would have been on the Hero podium this season for his hitting.

  • Superhero - Jake Arrieta (.372). I guess we'll just have to settle for him appearing for his awesome pitching. Again. He did allow one hit, though. Slacker.
  • Sidekick - Kris Bryant (.088). Got the Cubs on the board with his single in the first.
  • Hero - Starlin Castro (.069). Just missed a homer by a matter of inches in the seventh, but the double locked up the third spot for him.

THE THREE GOATS, GAME 155:

  • Billy Goat - Jorge Soler (-.113). Lots of chances with runners in scoring position and couldn't make anything of it.
  • Goat - Miguel Montero (-.057). How do you go 2-for-4 and still end up on the Goats? You get caught stealing and hit into an inning-ending groundout with the bases loaded.
  • Kid - Addison Russell (-.005). Not much to his day; just a run-of-the-mill 1-for-4.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 155 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):
Bryant and Arrieta both keep their hopes of the plus-50 club alive while continuing to hold down second and third place on the chart.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

17

26.5

11.5

115.5

Kris Bryant

17

19

9

98

Jake Arrieta

18.5

4

0.5

64

Dexter Fowler

11

6

17

62

Starlin Castro

7

9

13

52

Addison Russell

9

6.5

8.5

48.5

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

Trevor Cahill

1

1

1

6

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

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

12

14

71

Addison Russell

6

18

13

67

Dexter Fowler

9

11.5

10.5

60.5

Jorge Soler

8

12

10

58

Kris Bryant

8

10

9

53

Anthony Rizzo

7

10

10

51

Chris Coghlan

4

11

15.5

49.5

Miguel Montero

3

10

10

39

Kyle Hendricks

10

3

1

37

Jason Hammel

8

5

0

34

Pedro Strop

9

2

0.5

31.5

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

Austin Jackson

2

2

1

11

x-Jason Motte

1

4

0

11

x-Brian Schlitter

3

0

1

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

64

16

48

Kris Bryant

98

53

45

Jon Lester

39

25

14

Tommy La Stella

15

4

11

Kyle Schwarber

38

30

8

Miguel Montero

46.5

39

7.5

Matt Szczur

12.5

6

6.5

Trevor Cahill

6

0

6

Hector Rondon

29.5

24

5.5

Travis Wood

21.5

16

5.5

x-Taylor Teagarden

5

0

5

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

Quintin Berry

0

2

-2

x-Donn Roach

0

3

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

Tommy Hunter

2

5.5

-3.5

Jason Hammel

30

34

-4

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

Chris Denorfia

14.5

22

-7.5

Zac Rosscup

10.5

18

-7.5

Austin Jackson

3

11

-8

Dan Haren

4

13

-9

Javier Baez

0

10

-10

Jorge Soler

46

58

-12

Pedro Strop

19

31.5

-12.5

Justin Grimm

10.5

27

-16.5

Kyle Hendricks

20

37

-17

Addison Russell

48.5

67

-18.5

Starlin Castro

52

71

-19

David Ross

4

24.5

-20.5