Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 44

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Opportunity knocked on multiple occasions in this game. Apparently the Cubs didn't hear it.

This game has to go into the top three heartbreaking losses of 2014, if not number one. I can't think of one worse off the top of my head.

Graphs for Game 44 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-44

Stats for Game 44:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Samardzija

7

4

0

0

2

3

1.19

0.452

W Wright

2

2

0

0

0

0

1.91

0.267

J Russell

1

2

0

0

0

0

2.76

0.134

B Schlitter

1

0

0

0

1

1

1.38

0.072

H Rondon

1

2

0

1

1

1

3.41

-0.296

J Veras

1

3

0

2

1

1

1.85

-0.413

Total

13

13

0

3

5

6

1.8

0.217

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

R Kalish

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.54

0.067

J Lake

6

0

3

0

0

0

0

1.07

0.051

E Bonifacio

5

0

1

0

1

0

1

1.19

0.02

M Olt

3

0

1

0

1

0

1

1.1

0.015

L Valbuena

5

1

1

0

0

1

2

1.35

-0.01

W Castillo

6

0

2

0

0

0

3

1.43

-0.035

J Baker

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.52

-0.043

C Coghlan

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

2.24

-0.056

J Samardzija

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.46

-0.081

D Barney

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

-0.1

N Schierholtz

6

0

2

0

0

0

2

1.73

-0.121

A Rizzo

3

0

0

0

0

3

2

1.57

-0.144

S Castro

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.66

-0.279

Total

47

2

11

0

2

4

15

1.42

-0.717

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Jeff Samardzija. Seriously, whenever the Cubs finally get him a win, they should be required to take him out for dinner every night for at least a week at a restaurant of his choosing. And probably ice cream afterwards. Maybe even breakfast the next morning.
  • Hero - Wesley Wright. Two more solid innings of work.
  • Sidekick - James Russell. Had a bit of a shaky 12th, but got out of it unscathed.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Big Goat - Jose Veras. I just don't know what to say. Any point in the game that has high leverage, he shouldn't be allowed anywhere near the field.
  • Goat - Hector Rondon. Part of the award could and possibly should go to Darwin Barney for his gaffe, but Rondon made it hard enough on himself to begin with.
  • KidStarlin Castro. Four chances with runners on base - three chances in scoring position - and came up with nothing. File this one away in the "forget it ever happened" cabinet.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 44 (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

2

20

Jeff Samardzija

5

0

2

17

Jason Hammel

4

2

0

16

Emilio Bonifacio

1

6

0

15

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

4

6

Wesley Wright

0.5

1.5

0.5

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

Pedro Strop

0

1

1

3

John Baker

0

1

1

3

Carlos Villanueva

0

1

0

2

Jake Arrieta

0

1

0

2


Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Nate Schierholtz

4

6

2

26

Starlin Castro

3

3

6.5

21.5

Mike Olt

4

1

3

17

Welington Castillo

2

4

2

16

Emilio Bonifacio

1

5

3

16

Justin Grimm

5

0

0

15

Jason Hammel

4

1

0

14

Carlos Villanueva

4

0

1

13

Travis Wood

2

2

2

12

Anthony Rizzo

0

5

2

12

Edwin Jackson

2

2

1

11

Jose Veras

2

1

1

9

Ryan Kalish

1

2

2

9

Wesley Wright

2

0

2

8

James Russell

1

1

3

8

Junior Lake

0

3

1

7

Luis Valbuena

0

2

3

7

Hector Rondon

1

1

1

6

Justin Ruggiano

1

1

0

5

Darwin Barney

0

2

1

5

Ryan Sweeney

1

0

1.5

4.5

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

Pitchers dominate the charts Wednesday, taking five of the six spots, with Samardzija recording his fifth Superhero award of the season.

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