Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 61

Yeah, that guy's pretty good. - Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Apparently the advice to Edwin Jackson -- "don't throw Andrew McCutchen a strike" -- was not followed.

In the interest of full disclosure, I did not see any of this game as I was a participant in my youngest daughter's dance recital and will be for each of the next two nights. Yes, you did read that correctly: participant. It was a fun time, though. And nothing beats making your kids smile, especially since it won't be long before they think I'm a dork and eyeroll me for everything that I do.

Graphs for Game 61 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-61

Stats for Game 61:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

C Villanueva

2

3

1

2

1

2

0.07

-0.008

E Jackson

6

7

1

4

2

8

0.6

-0.215

Total

8

10

2

6

3

10

0.45

-0.223

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

S Castro

4

1

3

1

2

0

0

0.43

0.041

N Schierholtz

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.74

0.008

J Ruggiano

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.59

-0.016

A Rizzo

4

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.3

-0.019

L Valbuena

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.6

-0.021

E Jackson

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.87

-0.043

J Baker

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.65

-0.047

J Lake

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.53

-0.049

E Bonifacio

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.64

-0.060

C Coghlan

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.69

-0.071

Total

35

2

8

1

2

0

8

0.59

-0.277

Writer's Note: The nightly 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 THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Starlin Castro (.041). Seems like he should get all three podium slots tonight as it appears that he was the only player that did anything. But that's not how the game is played. So...
  • Hero - Nate Schierholtz (.008). Basically for his double in the fifth.
  • Sidekick - So this is what kind of night it was. Carlos Villanueva (-.008) takes third despite giving up two runs in the eighth inning. Apparently nobody else on the offense felt like doing anything useful tonight. That or there was a heck of a lot of bad luck.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Big Goat - Edwin Jackson (-.215). You had one goal: Don't let Andrew McCutchen beat you. That was it. One. Goal.
  • Goat - Chris Coghlan (-.071). Early whiffs with runners on can not be offset by a double when you're down four with two out in the ninth.
  • Kid - Emilio Bonifacio (-.060). When two players go 0-for-4 with one batting leadoff and the other batting second, the player batting leadoff typically loses.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 61 (Changes in Bold):

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

7.5

4.5

5.5

37

Anthony Rizzo

7

4

7

36

Luis Valbuena

5

5

2

27

Welington Castillo

5

3

2

23

Jason Hammel

5

3

2

23

Jeff Samardzija

6

1

2

22

Nate Schierholtz

3

5

2

21

Emilio Bonifacio

1

7

1

18

Travis Wood

3

3

1

16

Mike Olt

3

2

3

16

Junior Lake

3

1

3

14

Edwin Jackson

4

0

0

12

Justin Ruggiano

0.5

4.5

1

11.5

Brian Schlitter

1

2.5

3

11

Darwin Barney

2.5

1.5

0

10.5

Ryan Kalish

3

0

1

10

Jake Arrieta

1

2

0

7

Hector Rondon

0

0

6.5

6.5

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

Chris Coghlan

0

2

0

4

Ryan Sweeney

0

1

2

4

John Baker

0

1

2

4

Pedro Strop

0

1

2

4

Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

2.5

3.5

Carlos Villanueva

0

1

1

3

Blake Parker

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

4

3.5

11

30

Nate Schierholtz

4

7

3

29

Emilio Bonifacio

1

8

4

23

Mike Olt

4

3

4

22

Justin Grimm

6

0

1

19

Edwin Jackson

4

3

1

19

Junior Lake

3

4

2

19

Welington Castillo

2

4

3

17

Anthony Rizzo

0

6

4

16

Travis Wood

3

2

2

15

Jason Hammel

4

1

0

14

Carlos Villanueva

4

0

1

13

James Russell

2

2

3

13

Luis Valbuena

0

3.5

4.5

11.5

Jose Veras

2

1

1

9

Jeff Samardzija

2

1

1

9

Hector Rondon

2

1

1

9

John Baker

2

0

3

9

Justin Ruggiano

1

3

0

9

Ryan Kalish

1

2

2

9

Wesley Wright

2

0

2

8

Jake Arrieta

2

0

1

7

Brian Schlitter

1

2

0

7

Pedro Strop

1

1

1

6

Chris Coghlan

1

1

1

6

Darwin Barney

0

2

1

5

Ryan Sweeney

1

0

1.5

4.5

Eli Whiteside

1

0

1

4

Neil Ramirez

1

0

0

3

Blake Parker

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

36

16

20

Luis Valbuena

27

11.5

15.5

Jeff Samardzija

22

9

13

Jason Hammel

23

14

9

Starlin Castro

37

30

7

Welington Castillo

23

17

6

Darwin Barney

10.5

5

5.5

Brian Schlitter

11

7

4

Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

Justin Ruggiano

11.5

9

2.5

Travis Wood

16

15

1

Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

Neil Ramirez

3.5

3

0.5

Jake Arrieta

7

7

0

Blake Parker

1

1

0

Ryan Sweeney

4

4.5

-0.5

Chris Coghlan

4

6

-2

Pedro Strop

4

6

-2

Hector Rondon

6.5

9

-2.5

Wesley Wright

5

8

-3

Eli Whiteside

0

4

-4

Emilio Bonifacio

18

23

-5

Junior Lake

14

19

-5

John Baker

4

9

-5

Mike Olt

16

22

-6

Edwin Jackson

12

19

-7

James Russell

6

13

-7

Nate Schierholtz

21

29

-8

Jose Veras

0

9

-9

Carlos Villanueva

3

13

-10

Justin Grimm

6

19

-13

Villanueva gets what may be the least-deserved Hero podium spot of the season, and Jackson goes back to review his game note (singular, not plural) to see what went wrong.

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