Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 53

Hey, we own the podium today! - Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Proof positive that a horrendous lineup on paper can still put the screws to an opponent.

So just what exactly did Anthony Rizzo do on his day off? Inquiring minds want to know!

Graphs for Game 53 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-53

Stats for Game 53:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Hammel

7

4

0

0

0

8

0.72

0.290

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

0

2

0.04

0.003

P Strop

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.01

0.001

Total

9

4

0

0

0

11

0.59

0.293

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

4

2

2

2

4

0

1

0.64

0.332

J Hammel

3

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.4

0.010

C Coghlan

4

1

1

0

1

0

0

0.39

0.006

S Castro

3

1

1

0

0

1

1

0.39

0.002

J Ruggiano

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.000

E Bonifacio

5

1

2

0

1

0

0

0.6

-0.002

D Barney

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0.3

-0.015

J Baker

4

0

1

0

1

0

2

0.44

-0.017

N Schierholtz

3

1

0

0

0

1

0

0.51

-0.054

J Lake

5

0

0

0

0

0

3

0.65

-0.056

Total

36

8

10

2

8

2

8

0.48

0.207

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Anthony Rizzo. It's been a while since he's been on this side of the ledger; his last appearance was at the beginning of the road trip against San Diego.
  • Hero - Jason Hammel. The prospect in the upcoming trade just got better.
  • Sidekick - Jason Hammel. He can pitch! He can bat! Operators are standing by! Order now and get a free wall calendar!

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Big Goat - Junior Lake. Now 1-for-33 with 21 strikeouts when he doesn't play left field.
  • Goat - Nate Schierholtz. Someone should remind him that attempting to steal bases may not be his best option.
  • Kid - John Baker. Close race between him and Darwin Barney; he makes the podium for batting seventh to Barney's eighth.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 53 (Changes in Bold):

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

5.5

4.5

5.5

31

Anthony Rizzo

5

3

6

27

Luis Valbuena

5

4

2

25

Welington Castillo

5

3

2

23

Jason Hammel

4

3

2

20

Jeff Samardzija

5

1

2

19

Mike Olt

3

2

3

16

Emilio Bonifacio

1

6

1

16

Nate Schierholtz

2

4

1

15

Travis Wood

3

2

1

14

Junior Lake

3

1

2

13

Edwin Jackson

4

0

0

12

Justin Ruggiano

0.5

4.5

1

11.5

Darwin Barney

2.5

1.5

0

10.5

Ryan Kalish

3

0

1

10

Brian Schlitter

1

1.5

2

8

Justin Grimm

0

1

4

6

James Russell

0

1

4

6

Wesley Wright

0.5

1.5

0.5

5

Hector Rondon

0

0

4.5

4.5

Zac Rosscup

0

2

0

4

Jake Arrieta

0

2

0

4

Ryan Sweeney

0

1

2

4

John Baker

0

1

2

4

Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

2.5

3.5

Pedro Strop

0

1

1

3

Carlos Villanueva

0

1

0

2

Blake Parker

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Nate Schierholtz

4

7

2

28

Starlin Castro

4

3

8.5

26.5

Mike Olt

4

2

4

20

Emilio Bonifacio

1

6

3

18

Welington Castillo

2

4

3

17

Justin Grimm

5

0

1

16

Junior Lake

2

4

2

16

Travis Wood

3

2

2

15

Anthony Rizzo

0

6

3

15

Jason Hammel

4

1

0

14

Edwin Jackson

3

2

1

14

Carlos Villanueva

4

0

1

13

James Russell

2

2

3

13

Luis Valbuena

0

3

4

10

Jose Veras

2

1

1

9

Ryan Kalish

1

2

2

9

Wesley Wright

2

0

2

8

Jake Arrieta

2

0

1

7

Justin Ruggiano

1

2

0

7

Hector Rondon

1

1

1

6

Jeff Samardzija

1

1

1

6

John Baker

1

0

3

6

Brian Schlitter

1

1

0

5

Darwin Barney

0

2

1

5

Ryan Sweeney

1

0

1.5

4.5

Neil Ramirez

1

0

0

3

Chris Coghlan

1

0

0

3

Pedro Strop

0

1

1

3

Blake Parker

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Luis Valbuena

25

10

15

Jeff Samardzija

19

6

13

Anthony Rizzo

27

15

12

Welington Castillo

23

17

6

Jason Hammel

20

14

6

Darwin Barney

10.5

5

5.5

Starlin Castro

31

26.5

4.5

Justin Ruggiano

11.5

7

4.5

Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

Brian Schlitter

8

5

3

Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

Neil Ramirez

3.5

3

0.5

Pedro Strop

3

3

0

Blake Parker

1

1

0

Ryan Sweeney

4

4.5

-0.5

Travis Wood

14

15

-1

Hector Rondon

4.5

6

-1.5

Emilio Bonifacio

16

18

-2

Edwin Jackson

12

14

-2

John Baker

4

6

-2

Junior Lake

13

16

-3

Wesley Wright

5

8

-3

Jake Arrieta

4

7

-3

Chris Coghlan

0

3

-3

Mike Olt

16

20

-4

James Russell

6

13

-7

Jose Veras

0

9

-9

Justin Grimm

6

16

-10

Carlos Villanueva

2

13

-11

Nate Schierholtz

15

28

-13

Hammel pulls the pitcher daily double, while Schierholtz falls to the bottom of the plus/minus chart.

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