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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 135

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Miguel Montero hits the third grand slam of his career to take the Superhero on Sunday in the Cubs' sweep of the Diamondbacks.

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Just in case you missed the mammoth homer on Sunday...

Graphs for Game 135 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 135 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 135:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Hendricks

5

3

0

1

2

4

0.98

.099

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

1

0

1.41

.070

F Rodney

1

1

0

0

1

2

0.65

.013

T Cahill

1.2

1

1

2

1

4

0.1

.010

P Strop

0.1

1

1

1

0

1

0.24

.003

Total

9

6

2

4

5

11

0.77

.196

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

M Montero

3

1

2

1

4

1

0

1.01

.233

K Bryant

3

2

1

1

1

1

1

1.01

.174

C Coghlan

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

1.04

.100

A Rizzo

3

1

0

0

0

1

0

0.93

.038

J Baez

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.85

.034

J Herrera

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

0.1

.021

T La Stella

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2.45

.003

C Denorfia

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.01

.000

A Russell

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.74

-.011

K Hendricks

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.99

-.024

D Fowler

4

0

0

0

0

0

4

1.21

-.132

A Jackson

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.44

-.134

Total

33

6

9

3

6

3

9

1.01

.304

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 - Miguel Montero (.233). The grand slam put him at the top, but without his earlier single and walk he probably would have finished second to the destroyer of baseballs below him.
  • Hero - Kris Bryant (.174). Regardless of what the final distance may have been, one thing's for sure; that ball was absolutely massacred.
  • Sidekick - Chris Coghlan (.100). Gets a real cheapie podium spot thanks to the wild pitch from Enrique Burgos.  Meanwhile, Kyle Hendricks hangs his head on the sideline with his .099 WPA on the day.

THE THREE GOATS: For the second straight day there's a bump on the podium as Kyle Hendricks' -.026 hitting is moved out.  That makes 34 bumps on the season, 31 from the Goat side.

  • Billy Goat - Austin Jackson (-.134). It was a close race for the top of the Goats, and honestly I figured it would have been the next guy down who got it in a landslide. Perhaps it's karma coming back to get him from Friday's double play.
  • Goat - Dexter Fowler (-.132). It's been a little over two years since his last golden sombrero, and it's the first time he's ever done it in a game in which he had only four plate appearances.
  • Kid - Addison Russell (-.011). Had his infield single scored a run he would have missed the podium, but then again, had he not beat out that single, he still would have been here.  So I guess it's a bit of a wash.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 135 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):
Montero extends his lead on the rest of the peloton, moving 4½ points ahead of fifth place.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

15

23.5

7.5

99.5

Kris Bryant

16

14

8

84

Dexter Fowler

10

6

14

56

Jake Arrieta

15.5

4

0.5

55

Miguel Montero

10.5

5.5

4

46.5

x-Jorge Soler

6

11

3

43

Addison Russell

8

5.5

7.5

42.5

Chris Coghlan

8

3

9

39

Starlin Castro

4

8

11

39

Kyle Schwarber

8

2

5

33

Jon Lester

7

5

2

33

Jason Hammel

7

4

0

29

Hector Rondon

0

9

8.5

26.5

Travis Wood

2

6

3.5

21.5

Kyle Hendricks

5

1

2

19

Jonathan Herrera

1

5

2

15

Pedro Strop

1

1

8.5

13.5

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

Tommy La Stella

1

1

0

5

Tsuyoshi Wada

1

1

0

5

x-Taylor Teagarden

1

1

0

5

x-Brian Schlitter

0

2

1

5

x-Phil Coke

1

0

0.5

3.5

x-Edwin Jackson

0

1

1

3

Dan Haren

0

1

0

2

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

1

0

2

x-Welington Castillo

0

1

0

2

David Ross

0

0

2

2

x-Mike Baxter

0

0

1.5

1.5

Austin Jackson

0

0

1

1

Tommy Hunter

0

0

1

1

x-Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

x-Yoervis Medina

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

10

10

14

64

Addison Russell

4

17

11

57

Dexter Fowler

9

9.5

8.5

54.5

x-Jorge Soler

6

12

10

52

Kris Bryant

7

10

8

49

Anthony Rizzo

7

9

9

48

Chris Coghlan

3

9

15

42

Kyle Hendricks

9

3

1

34

Miguel Montero

3

8

8

33

Pedro Strop

8

2

0

28

Jason Hammel

5

5

0

25

Kyle Schwarber

3

6

4

25

Jon Lester

7

1

1

24

Hector Rondon

6

2

0

22

Chris Denorfia

3

3

7

22

David Ross

2

4.5

5.5

20.5

Justin Grimm

3

4

3

20

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

Zac Rosscup

3

1

1

12

x-Jason Motte

1

4

0

11

x-Brian Schlitter

3

0

1

10

Dan Haren

2

1

1

9

x-Edwin Jackson

2

1

0

8

x-Mike Baxter

2

1

0

8

Clayton Richard

1

2

1

8

x-Welington Castillo

1

1

2

7

x-Rafael Soriano

2

0

0

6

x-Dallas Beeler

2

0

0

6

Austin Jackson

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

x-Donn Roach

1

0

0

3

x-Gonzalez Germen

1

0

0

3

x-Phil Coke

0

1

1

3

Fernando Rodney

0

1

0

2

Tommy La Stella

0

0

2

2

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

0

1

1

x-Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

99.5

48

51.5

Jake Arrieta

55

16

39

Kris Bryant

84

49

35

Miguel Montero

46.5

33

13.5

Jon Lester

33

24

9

Kyle Schwarber

33

25

8

Matt Szczur

12.5

6

6.5

Travis Wood

21.5

16

5.5

x-Taylor Teagarden

5

0

5

Hector Rondon

26.5

22

4.5

Jason Hammel

29

25

4

Tommy La Stella

5

2

3

x-James Russell

7.5

5

2.5

Dexter Fowler

56

54.5

1.5

x-Junior Lake

6

5

1

x-Arismendy Alcantara

2

1

1

x-Yoervis Medina

1

0

1

Jonathan Herrera

15

14.5

0.5

x-Phil Coke

3.5

3

0.5

x-Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

x-Jason Motte

10.5

11

-0.5

Clayton Richard

6

8

-2

Fernando Rodney

0

2

-2

Zac Rosscup

9.5

12

-2.5

Chris Coghlan

39

42

-3

x-Donn Roach

0

3

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

x-Mike Olt

0

4

-4

Tommy Hunter

1

5.5

-4.5

x-Brian Schlitter

5

10

-5

x-Edwin Jackson

3

8

-5

x-Welington Castillo

2

7

-5

Austin Jackson

1

6

-5

x-Dallas Beeler

0

6

-6

x-Rafael Soriano

0

6

-6

x-Mike Baxter

1.5

8

-6.5

Tsuyoshi Wada

5

12

-7

Dan Haren

2

9

-7

x-Jorge Soler

43

52

-9

Chris Denorfia

12.5

22

-9.5

Justin Grimm

10.5

20

-9.5

Addison Russell

42.5

57

-14.5

Pedro Strop

13.5

28

-14.5

Kyle Hendricks

19

34

-15

David Ross

2

20.5

-18.5

Starlin Castro

39

64

-25