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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 136

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Dexter Fowler starts off the road trip with a bang to win the Labor Day Superhero award.

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Okay, how many people had "seven scoreless innings for Dan Haren in the series opener" in the office pool?  Yeah, I was pretty sure the pot was going to roll over on that one.

Graphs for Game 136 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 136 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 136:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

D Haren

7

7

0

0

2

5

0.31

.109

C Edwards

1

0

0

0

1

0

0.01

.001

Z Rosscup

1

0

0

0

0

3

0.01

.000

Total

9

7

0

0

3

8

0.25

.110

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

D Fowler

3

1

2

1

3

1

1

0.61

.289

A Rizzo

3

1

1

0

1

1

1

0.46

.099

A Russell

3

2

1

1

3

1

1

0.3

.075

C Coghlan

5

1

2

0

0

0

1

0.21

.039

M Montero

4

2

1

0

1

0

1

0.32

.023

S Castro

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0.23

.015

C Denorfia

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

A Jackson

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.01

.000

M Szczur

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.000

J Baez

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

D Ross

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

D Haren

3

1

1

0

1

0

1

0.36

-.020

T La Stella

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.5

-.039

K Bryant

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.45

-.091

Total

37

9

12

2

9

4

9

0.32

.390

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 - Dexter Fowler (.289). What better way to start a game against the Cardinals than with a homer. Following it up with a two-run double is just icing on the cake.
  • Hero - Dan Haren (.109). I'm still not fully convinced that we were actually seeing the real Dan Haren on the mound.
  • Sidekick - Anthony Rizzo (.099). And with this podium spot, he now moves past the 100 Hero points threshold for the season. I'm not sure what the gift is for that, though. Maybe a bronze Superman statue or something.

THE THREE GOATS: And for the third straight day there's a bump on the podium as Haren's -.020 hitting is moved out, leading to another large tie to be broken by executive decision.

  • Billy Goat - Kris Bryant (-.091). Victimized once again by a double play in the air, but it probably wouldn't have kept him from the top of the podium even if Chris Coghlan hadn't been running.
  • Goat - Tommy La Stella (-.039). I was waiting for a Willie Mays Hayes moment after his third flyout.
  • Kid - David Ross (.000). It was only a six-way tie this time instead of eight. He wins the final spot for hitting into a double play... seems like as good of a reason as any.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 136 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):
Rizzo ties his high-water mark on the plus-minus chart while Bryant loses distance on second place.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

15

23.5

8.5

100.5

Kris Bryant

16

14

8

84

Dexter Fowler

11

6

14

59

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

Dan Haren

0

2

0

4

x-Phil Coke

1

0

0.5

3.5

x-Edwin Jackson

0

1

1

3

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

Kris Bryant

8

10

8

52

x-Jorge Soler

6

12

10

52

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

6.5

21.5

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

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

Fernando Rodney

0

1

0

2

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

0

1

1

x-Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

100.5

48

52.5

Jake Arrieta

55

16

39

Kris Bryant

84

52

32

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

Dexter Fowler

59

54.5

4.5

Hector Rondon

26.5

22

4.5

Jason Hammel

29

25

4

x-James Russell

7.5

5

2.5

x-Junior Lake

6

5

1

Tommy La Stella

5

4

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

Dan Haren

4

9

-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

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

21.5

-19.5

Starlin Castro

39

64

-25