Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 42

David Banks

Two straight days of Superhero work from the starting rotation leads to the Cubs' second series win of the year.

Graphs like this are a beautiful sight to behold.  Take the lead early and make it stick.

Graphs for Game 42 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-42

Stats for Game 42:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T Wood

7

2

1

2

3

7

0.85

0.24

B Schlitter

1

0

0

0

0

2

0.96

0.072

H Rondon

1

1

0

0

0

2

1.86

0.071

Total

9

3

1

2

3

11

0.98

0.383

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

W Castillo

4

1

1

1

2

0

1

0.77

0.123

L Valbuena

3

1

1

0

1

1

0

0.69

0.088

M Olt

4

1

1

1

1

0

1

0.4

0.02

R Kalish

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.46

0.014

J Lake

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0.48

0.008

S Castro

4

1

2

0

0

0

1

0.61

-0.006

T Wood

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.43

-0.035

A Rizzo

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.56

-0.047

E Bonifacio

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.55

-0.048

Total

31

4

8

2

4

3

6

0.55

0.117

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Travis Wood. Excellent rebound after two subpar starts in a row.
  • Hero - Welington Castillo. Back-to-back appearances here for Beef, thanks to the two-run homer in the second.
  • Sidekick - Luis Valbuena. The insurance-run double plus the walk ahead of Castillo's bomb bring him third place honors.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Big Goat - Emilio Bonifacio. Primarily a result of his first two at-bats, which included the lineout to end the second that stranded Ryan Kalish.
  • GoatAnthony Rizzo. Second day in a row in the second place position, thanks to the 0-for-3 outing.
  • Kid - Travis Wood. Hey, if you have a bat, you can qualify twice as a pitcher. Sometimes you end up a hero as a result of it; some days you go 0-for-3 and whiff twice.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 42 (Changes in Bold):

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

5.5

3.5

4.5

28

Anthony Rizzo

3

3

6

21

Welington Castillo

4

3

2

20

Luis Valbuena

4

3

1

19

Emilio Bonifacio

1

6

0

15

Jeff Samardzija

4

0

2

14

Jason Hammel

3

2

0

13

Nate Schierholtz

2

3

1

13

Mike Olt

2

1

3

11

Darwin Barney

2.5

1.5

0

10.5

Ryan Kalish

3

0

1

10

Travis Wood

2

2

0

10

Edwin Jackson

3

0

0

9

Brian Schlitter

1

1.5

2

8

Justin Ruggiano

0.5

2.5

1

7.5

Junior Lake

1

1

1

6

Justin Grimm

0

1

4

6

James Russell

0

1

3

5

Zac Rosscup

0

2

0

4

Ryan Sweeney

0

1

2

4

Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

2.5

3.5

Hector Rondon

0

0

3.5

3.5

Wesley Wright

0.5

0.5

0.5

3

Pedro Strop

0

1

1

3

Carlos Villanueva

0

1

0

2

Jake Arrieta

0

1

0

2

John Baker

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Nate Schierholtz

4

6

2

26

Starlin Castro

3

3

4.5

19.5

Mike Olt

4

1

3

17

Welington Castillo

2

4

2

16

Emilio Bonifacio

1

5

3

16

Justin Grimm

5

0

0

15

Carlos Villanueva

4

0

1

13

Travis Wood

2

2

2

12

Anthony Rizzo

0

5

2

12

Jason Hammel

3

1

0

11

Edwin Jackson

2

2

1

11

Ryan Kalish

1

2

2

9

Wesley Wright

2

0

2

8

James Russell

1

1

3

8

Luis Valbuena

0

2

3

7

Jose Veras

1

1

1

6

Justin Ruggiano

1

1

0

5

Darwin Barney

0

2

1

5

Junior Lake

0

2

1

5

Ryan Sweeney

1

0

1.5

4.5

Hector Rondon

1

0

1

4

Brian Schlitter

1

0

0

3

Neil Ramirez

1

0

0

3

Jake Arrieta

1

0

0

3

Chris Coghlan

1

0

0

3

Jeff Samardzija

0

1

1

3

Pedro Strop

0

1

1

3

John Baker

0

0

3

3

Blake Parker

0

0

1

1

Castillo and Valbuena move closer to Rizzo in the Hero division, while Bonifacio registers his first Big Goat of the season.

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