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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 45

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In a tight race for the top of the Hero podium, Kris Bryant's three-run homer in the sixth edged him just in front of the pack on Wednesday afternoon.

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Yeah, see those four flaming red bars at the end of the ninth inning?  Those are an excellent parallel for my pulse rate at that same time.  And that was just from watching the condensed game.  I can't imagine what it would have been had I been watching the game live.

Graphs for Game 45 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 45 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 45:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

H Rondon

1

2

0

0

0

2

5.71

.184

P Strop

1

0

0

0

1

1

3.37

.133

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

0

0

1.4

.103

J Arrieta

5

7

1

4

1

4

1.3

-.093

A Warren

1

2

1

0

0

0

0.57

-.122

T Wood

0

1

1

1

0

0

1.48

-.145

Total

9

12

3

5

2

7

1.93

.061

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Bryant

3

2

2

1

3

1

1

0.58

.190

B Zobrist

5

1

3

0

2

0

1

0.9

.179

D Fowler

4

1

1

0

1

1

2

1

.086

A Russell

4

2

2

0

1

0

1

1.11

.064

T La Stella

2

0

0

0

0

2

2

1.02

.060

J Heyward

5

1

1

0

2

0

2

1.05

.056

M Szczur

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.99

.036

J Soler

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.44

-.011

J Baez

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.24

-.036

A Rizzo

4

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.57

-.037

J Arrieta

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.28

-.057

M Montero

4

1

0

0

0

1

1

0.96

-.091

Total

36

9

10

1

9

6

12

0.91

.439

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 - Jorge Soler (.223).
  • Hero - Hector Rondon (.184). Boy, did he make that ninth inning way too interesting, but he got out of it with a couple of absolutely huge whiffs.
  • Sidekick - Ben Zobrist (.179). All the guy knows how to do lately is hit. It's just crazy.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Travis Wood (-.145). Travis Wood against Matt Adams. Bad idea.
  • Goat - Adam Warren (-.122). Generally when your team puts up three runs in the top half of an inning, the idea is to not give them all back in the bottom half.
  • Kid - Jake Arrieta (-093). And in the 45th game of the season... Arrieta finally finds the Goat podium. It had to happen sometime.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 45: Bryant continues the trek back to even ground as Arrieta drops back just a tad closer to the rest of the pack.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

5

4.5

3.5

27.5

Ben Zobrist

5

2

4.5

23.5

Addison Russell

3

6

2

23

Kris Bryant

2.5

4.5

4

20.5

Jake Arrieta

6

1

0

20

Jon Lester

5

2

0

19

Dexter Fowler

1

2

9

16

Miguel Montero

3.5

2

0.5

15

Jason Hammel

4

0

2

14

Jorge Soler

1

2

4

11

Kyle Hendricks

2

1

1

9

Hector Rondon

1

2

2

9

Jason Heyward

0

4

0

8

Tommy La Stella

0

2

3.5

7.5

Adam Warren

0

2.5

1.5

6.5

John Lackey

2

0

0

6

Pedro Strop

1

1

1

6

Travis Wood

1

1

0

5

David Ross

1

0

1

4

Javier Baez

1

0

1

4

Trevor Cahill

0

2

0

4

Justin Grimm

0

0.5

2.5

3.5

Matt Szczur

0

1

0

2

Ryan Kalish

0

1

0

2

Tim Federowicz

0

1

0

2

Clayton Richard

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Jason Heyward

6

8

1

35

Addison Russell

7

2

3

28

Dexter Fowler

5

3

3

24

Kris Bryant

3.5

5.5

2

23.5

Jorge Soler

4

2

7

23

Anthony Rizzo

3

6

2

23

Ben Zobrist

1.5

3.5

4

15.5

Tommy La Stella

2

0

3

9

Javier Baez

0

2

5

9

Adam Warren

2

1

0

8

David Ross

1

2

1

8

Travis Wood

2

0

1

7

Pedro Strop

1

2

0

7

John Lackey

2

0

0

6

Kyle Hendricks

1

1

1

6

Trevor Cahill

1

1

0

5

Miguel Montero

0

2

1

5

Jon Lester

1

0

1

4

Tim Federowicz

1

0

1

4

Hector Rondon

1

0

0

3

Jason Hammel

0

1

1

3

Justin Grimm

0

1

1

3

Matt Szczur

0

1

1

3

Clayton Richard

0

0

3

3

Spencer Patton

0

1

0

2

Jake Arrieta

0

0

1

1

Kyle Schwarber

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Jake Arrieta

20

1

19

Jon Lester

19

4

15

Jason Hammel

14

3

11

Miguel Montero

15

5

10

Ben Zobrist

23.5

15.5

8

Hector Rondon

9

3

6

Anthony Rizzo

27.5

23

4.5

Kyle Hendricks

9

6

3

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

Justin Grimm

3.5

3

0.5

John Lackey

6

6

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Pedro Strop

6

7

-1

Trevor Cahill

4

5

-1

Matt Szczur

2

3

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Tommy La Stella

7.5

9

-1.5

Adam Warren

6.5

8

-1.5

Travis Wood

5

7

-2

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Clayton Richard

1

3

-2

Spencer Patton

0

2

-2

Kris Bryant

20.5

23.5

-3

David Ross

4

8

-4

Addison Russell

23

28

-5

Javier Baez

4

9

-5

Dexter Fowler

16

24

-8

Jorge Soler

11

23

-12

Jason Heyward

8

35

-27