Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 46

Dude. You should be ashamed of yourself. - Denis Poroy

Upon finishing their examination, the aliens flew to San Diego and returned the real Edwin Jackson to the Cubs just in time for Friday night's game.

I'm going to miss that other number 36 we had. He seemed like a good guy. At least now I understand why he didn't answer me when I asked him a question.

Graphs for Game 46 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-46

Stats for Game 46:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Veras

2

1

0

0

0

4

0.01

0.001

W Wright

2

2

0

3

1

1

0

-0.002

E Jackson

4

9

2

8

2

3

0.35

-0.405

Total

8

12

2

11

3

8

0.21

-0.406

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lake

3

0

1

0

0

1

0

0.19

0.039

N Schierholtz

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.15

0.012

S Castro

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.36

0.003

C Coghlan

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.01

0.001

R Kalish

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.22

-0.004

W Castillo

4

0

2

0

1

0

2

0.18

-0.012

E Jackson

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.49

-0.013

M Olt

3

0

0

0

0

1

2

0.24

-0.015

E Bonifacio

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.3

-0.029

A Rizzo

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.35

-0.034

L Valbuena

4

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.39

-0.041

Total

30

1

5

0

1

4

8

0.27

-0.094

Today the Heroes and Goats will be presented in reverse order because - to quote James Cromwell from "I, Robot" - "Everything that follows is a result of what you see here." Dr. Lanning was a good guy... it's a shame he had a robot throw him through a window.

Oh, sorry. Got sidetracked there for a second. I'm sure you can understand why.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Big Goat - Edwin Jackson. And because of him, these next five guys showed up.
  • Goat - Luis Valbuena. Basically the victim of leaving a runner on second while the game was still close. That is, to say, the first inning.
  • Kid - Anthony Rizzo. Same as Valbuena: Wrong place, wrong time.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Junior Lake. Had a double in - you guessed it - the first inning!
  • Hero - Nate Schierholtz. Well, it was only 4-0 when he got plunked. So I guess there was still a bit of hope.
  • Sidekick - Starlin Castro. Possibly the weakest candidate of 2014 for Hero podium placement, he makes the third step with a WPA of .003. Yes, he made the podium because he walked in the first inning. That's what kind of a night it was.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 46 (Changes in Bold):

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

5.5

3.5

5.5

29

Anthony Rizzo

4

3

6

24

Welington Castillo

4

3

2

20

Luis Valbuena

4

3

2

20

Jeff Samardzija

5

0

2

17

Jason Hammel

4

2

0

16

Nate Schierholtz

2

4

1

15

Emilio Bonifacio

1

6

0

15

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

Junior Lake

2

1

2

10

Edwin Jackson

3

0

0

9

Brian Schlitter

1

1.5

2

8

Justin Ruggiano

0.5

2.5

1

7.5

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

Jake Arrieta

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

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Nate Schierholtz

4

6

2

26

Starlin Castro

4

3

6.5

24.5

Mike Olt

4

2

3

19

Welington Castillo

2

4

2

16

Emilio Bonifacio

1

5

3

16

Justin Grimm

5

0

0

15

Jason Hammel

4

1

0

14

Edwin Jackson

3

2

1

14

Carlos Villanueva

4

0

1

13

Anthony Rizzo

0

5

3

13

Travis Wood

2

2

2

12

Jose Veras

2

1

1

9

Ryan Kalish

1

2

2

9

Luis Valbuena

0

3

3

9

Wesley Wright

2

0

2

8

James Russell

1

1

3

8

Junior Lake

0

3

1

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

Jake Arrieta

1

0

1

4

Brian Schlitter

1

0

0

3

Neil Ramirez

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

Since rules of the game dictate that three people must appear on each podium, Jackson picks five guys at random out of the dugout to stand by him as he takes the extra-tall Big Goat of the night.

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