Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 70

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Starlin Castro continued his hot hitting, and Jake Arrieta continued his hot pitching.

Fun fact about Jake Arrieta: In his last three starts, he has allowed only one run over 20 innings while striking out 27. Pretty darn impressive, I must say.

Graphs for Game 70 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-70

Stats for Game 70:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Arrieta

7

5

1

1

1

11

1

0.189

P Strop

1

0

0

0

1

2

0.3

0.010

J Russell

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.07

0.005

Total

9

5

1

1

2

14

0.84

0.204

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

S Castro

5

2

3

0

2

0

1

0.99

0.267

N Schierholtz

4

1

1

1

3

0

0

1.2

0.105

A Rizzo

5

1

3

0

0

0

0

0.72

0.082

J Baker

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.54

0.028

C Coghlan

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.79

0.001

M Olt

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.08

-0.002

J Ruggiano

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.15

-0.012

R Sweeney

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

1.03

-0.013

J Arrieta

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.91

-0.033

D Barney

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0.69

-0.044

L Valbuena

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.69

-0.083

Total

39

6

13

1

6

0

5

0.78

0.296

Writer's Note: The daily 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 (.267). Definitely found a groove on the road trip, raising his average from .269 to .291 over the last 10 games.
  • Hero - Jake Arrieta (.189). The 11 strikeouts in a start are a career high for him; his previous high-water mark was nine.
  • Sidekick Nate Schierholtz (.105). Only had the homer, but the three runs batted in were enough to take the final stair on the podium.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Luis Valbuena (-.083). Tough 0-for-5 day on an afternoon where almost everyone else was hitting.
  • Goat - Darwin Barney (-.044). Had the RBI single, but the impact was minimal given the score of the game at the time.
  • Kid - Jake Arrieta (-.033). Similar to Barney, the double came late and the outs came early.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 70 (Changes in Bold):

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

9.5

6.5

5.5

47

Luis Valbuena

8

7

2

40

Anthony Rizzo

8

4

8

40

Welington Castillo

5

3

2

23

Jason Hammel

5

3

2

23

Jeff Samardzija

6

1

2

22

Nate Schierholtz

3

5

3

22

Travis Wood

4

4

1

21

Emilio Bonifacio

1

7

1

18

Mike Olt

3

2

4

17

Junior Lake

3

2

3

16

Darwin Barney

3.5

1.5

1

14.5

Justin Ruggiano

0.5

5.5

2

14.5

Edwin Jackson

4

0

0

12

Jake Arrieta

2

3

0

12

Brian Schlitter

1

2.5

4

12

Ryan Kalish

3

0

1

10

Hector Rondon

0

0

6.5

6.5

John Baker

0

2

2

6

Justin Grimm

0

1

4

6

James Russell

0

1

4

6

Wesley Wright

0.5

1.5

0.5

5

Ryan Sweeney

0

1

3

5

Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

3.5

4.5

Zac Rosscup

0

2

0

4

Chris Coghlan

0

2

0

4

Pedro Strop

0

1

2

4

Carlos Villanueva

0

1

2

4

Blake Parker

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Nate Schierholtz

4

8

5

33

Starlin Castro

4

4.5

11

32

Mike Olt

5

3

4

25

Emilio Bonifacio

1

8

4

23

Edwin Jackson

5

3

1

22

Junior Lake

3

5

3

22

Luis Valbuena

3

3.5

4.5

20.5

Jason Hammel

6

1

0

20

Justin Grimm

6

0

1

19

Anthony Rizzo

0

6

6

18

Travis Wood

3

3

2

17

Welington Castillo

2

4

3

17

Carlos Villanueva

4

0

1

13

James Russell

2

2

3

13

Jeff Samardzija

3

1

1

12

Justin Ruggiano

1

4

0

11

Brian Schlitter

2

2

0

10

Jose Veras

2

1

1

9

Hector Rondon

2

1

1

9

John Baker

2

0

3

9

Ryan Kalish

1

2

2

9

Darwin Barney

0

4

1

9

Ryan Sweeney

1

2

1.5

8.5

Wesley Wright

2

0

2

8

Jake Arrieta

2

0

2

8

Chris Coghlan

1

1

2

7

Pedro Strop

1

1

1

6

Eli Whiteside

1

0

3

6

Neil Ramirez

1

0

0

3

Blake Parker

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

40

18

22

Luis Valbuena

40

20.5

19.5

Starlin Castro

47

32

15

Jeff Samardzija

22

12

10

Welington Castillo

23

17

6

Darwin Barney

14.5

9

5.5

Travis Wood

21

17

4

Jake Arrieta

12

8

4

Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

Justin Ruggiano

14.5

11

3.5

Jason Hammel

23

20

3

Brian Schlitter

12

10

2

Neil Ramirez

4.5

3

1.5

Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

Blake Parker

1

1

0

Pedro Strop

4

6

-2

Hector Rondon

6.5

9

-2.5

John Baker

6

9

-3

Wesley Wright

5

8

-3

Chris Coghlan

4

7

-3

Ryan Sweeney

5

8.5

-3.5

Emilio Bonifacio

18

23

-5

Junior Lake

16

22

-6

Eli Whiteside

0

6

-6

James Russell

6

13

-7

Mike Olt

17

25

-8

Carlos Villanueva

4

13

-9

Jose Veras

0

9

-9

Edwin Jackson

12

22

-10

Nate Schierholtz

22

33

-11

Justin Grimm

6

19

-13

Castro widens the gap on the Hero chart, while Arrieta pulls the tough-luck pitcher daily double.

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