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What a return: Dexter Fowler delivers a leadoff homer and a 3-for-4 night with three driven in to take the Superhero in his first game back from the disabled list.

Time for another easy edition of "Find the Superhero"!
Time for another easy edition of "Find the Superhero"!
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

All that's missing is the "Welcome Back, Kotter" theme song.

Graphs for Game 95 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 95 Chart 2016

Stats for Game 95:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

C Edwards Jr.

1

0

0

0

0

2

1.95

.165

P Strop

1

0

0

0

1

0

0.69

.052

J Grimm

0.1

0

0

0

0

1

1.76

.050

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

1

2

0.88

.041

T Wood

0.2

0

0

0

0

1

1.08

.032

J Hammel

5

4

1

2

2

4

0.97

-.012

Total

9

4

1

2

4

10

1.04

.328

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

D Fowler

4

2

3

1

3

1

1

0.73

.200

A Russell

4

1

2

0

0

0

1

0.58

.143

M Montero

3

1

1

0

1

1

0

0.8

.051

W Contreras

2

1

0

0

0

2

0

0.61

.011

J Hammel

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.02

-.002

K Bryant

5

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.65

-.010

T La Stella

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.46

-.013

J Baez

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.56

-.023

B Zobrist

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.61

-.043

A Rizzo

4

0

0

0

1

0

2

0.72

-.067

J Heyward

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.71

-.075

Total

33

5

8

1

5

4

6

0.69

.172

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 Ramirez Catalyst of Game 95: With a leadoff homer already under his belt, Dexter Fowler follows it up with a bases-loaded two-run double down the third-base line in the bottom of the second to put the Cubs ahead by three. WPA impact: +.110.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Dexter Fowler (.200). Okay, let's all try to act nonchalant and pretend that we didn't miss him while he was gone. That or just go in for the giant bear hug and tell him to never ever get hurt again. One or the other.
  • Hero - Carl Edwards Jr. (.165). Had the of the tougher jobs of the bullpen in Friday's game, inheriting a runner on second with nobody out and getting out of it with two big strikeouts to end the sixth.
  • Sidekick - Addison Russell (.143). Normally there would be a fruit basket on its way to Jimmy Nelson for his errant throw that allowed Russell to scamper to second base in the second inning, but even without that error Russell probably had the final podium spot thanks to a 92-point gap to the next player down. We'll send a "Thank You" card anyway, just in case.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jason Heyward (-.075). Remember that bright, shining moment not too long ago when Heyward was at minus-18 and looked like he was on the right track? I'd like to get back to that feeling again, please.
  • Goat - Anthony Rizzo (-.067). Even the chart king misses an opportunity or two to drive in a run now and then.
  • Kid - Ben Zobrist (-.043). He's also taken one heck of a chart tumble, sinking all the way from plus-9 to minus-10 including five Goat podium appearances in a row.

RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 95: Fowler makes a move away from the cellar door, pushing Heyward further into the mire in the process.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

9

14.5

9

65

Addison Russell

8

10

7

51

Kris Bryant

5.5

6.5

9

38.5

Jon Lester

10

3

1

37

Ben Zobrist

7

3

7.5

34.5

Jake Arrieta

10

1

0

32

Kyle Hendricks

7

2

2

27

Jason Heyward

2

8

3

25

Miguel Montero

4.5

4

2.5

24

Dexter Fowler

2

3

11

23

Jason Hammel

5

1

5

22

Javier Baez

2

5

5

21

Travis Wood

4

3

1

19

John Lackey

5

1

0

17

Jorge Soler

2

3

5

17

Hector Rondon

2

2

4

14

David Ross

2

3

1.5

13.5

Tommy La Stella

1

3

3.5

12.5

Willson Contreras

3

0

2

11

Adam Warren

1

2.5

1.5

9.5

Pedro Strop

1

2

2

9

Albert Almora Jr.

2

1

0

8

Trevor Cahill

0

3

0.5

6.5

Justin Grimm

0

1.5

3.5

6.5

Matt Szczur

0

2

2

6

Carl Edwards Jr.

0

1

1

3

Chris Coghlan

0

1

1

3

Clayton Richard

0

1

1

3

Jeimer Candelario

0

1

0

2

Joel Peralta

0

1

0

2

Ryan Kalish

0

1

0

2

Tim Federowicz

0

1

0

2

Spencer Patton

0

0

1.5

1.5

Gerardo Concepcion

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Addison Russell

10

10

7

57

Jason Heyward

10

10

2

52

Kris Bryant

7.5

8.5

7

46.5

Ben Zobrist

5.5

8.5

11

44.5

Dexter Fowler

8

6

5

41

Anthony Rizzo

5

10

2.5

37.5

Javier Baez

4

3

9

27

Jorge Soler

4

3

9

27

John Lackey

5

1

0

17

Miguel Montero

2

4

3

17

Adam Warren

4

2

0

16

Pedro Strop

3

3

1

16

Travis Wood

3

1

3

14

Willson Contreras

0.5

4.5

2

12.5

Matt Szczur

0.5

3.5

4

12.5

Albert Almora Jr.

1

2

5

12

Hector Rondon

2

2

1

11

Kyle Hendricks

2

2

1

11

David Ross

1

2

3.5

10.5

Jake Arrieta

3

0

1

10

Jon Lester

3

0

1

10

Justin Grimm

2

1

2

10

Tommy La Stella

2

0

4

10

Trevor Cahill

2

1

1

9

Jason Hammel

1

2

2

9

Chris Coghlan

1

1

1

6

Clayton Richard

1

0

3

6

Tim Federowicz

1

0

1

4

Jeimer Candelario

0

2

0

4

Joel Peralta

1

0

0

3

Gerardo Concepcion

0

1

0

2

Spencer Patton

0

1

0

2

Carl Edwards Jr.

0

0

1

1

Kyle Schwarber

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

65

37.5

27.5

Jon Lester

37

10

27

Jake Arrieta

32

10

22

Kyle Hendricks

27

11

16

Jason Hammel

22

9

13

Miguel Montero

24

17

7

Travis Wood

19

14

5

Hector Rondon

14

11

3

David Ross

13.5

10.5

3

Tommy La Stella

12.5

10

2.5

Carl Edwards Jr.

3

1

2

Ryan Kalish

2

0

2

John Lackey

17

17

0

Neil Ramirez

1

1

0

Spencer Patton

1.5

2

-0.5

Joel Peralta

2

3

-1

Gerardo Concepcion

1

2

-1

Kyle Schwarber

0

1

-1

Willson Contreras

11

12.5

-1.5

Jeimer Candelario

2

4

-2

Tim Federowicz

2

4

-2

Trevor Cahill

6.5

9

-2.5

Chris Coghlan

3

6

-3

Clayton Richard

3

6

-3

Justin Grimm

6.5

10

-3.5

Albert Almora Jr.

8

12

-4

Addison Russell

51

57

-6

Javier Baez

21

27

-6

Adam Warren

9.5

16

-6.5

Matt Szczur

6

12.5

-6.5

Pedro Strop

9

16

-7

Kris Bryant

38.5

46.5

-8

Ben Zobrist

34.5

44.5

-10

Jorge Soler

17

27

-10

Dexter Fowler

23

41

-18

Jason Heyward

25

52

-27