Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 74

Missed it by that much. - Brian Kersey

Bloop hits and seeing-eyed singles in the ninth led to the demise on Monday night. Oh, and Devin Mesoraco too.

Box score line of the night definitely goes to Mesoraco: five plate appearances, two walks, two times hit by pitch, one grand slam into the basket.

Also, a new feature has been added to Heroes and Goats: Vote for your Cubs Player of the Game! The poll is at the bottom.

Graphs for Game 74 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-74

Stats for Game 74:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Samardzija

6

4

0

1

2

7

0.94

0.187

P Strop

1

0

0

0

2

2

2.59

0.104

B Schlitter

1

0

0

0

0

1

1.23

0.086

J Russell

0.1

0

0

0

0

1

0.02

0.000

H Rondon

0.2

4

1

5

1

0

1.84

-0.493

Total

9

8

1

6

5

11

1.32

-0.115

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

4

1

2

1

1

0

1

0.94

0.207

S Castro

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

1.04

0.089

D Barney

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.48

-0.007

N Schierholtz

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.47

-0.041

R Sweeney

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

1.6

-0.065

J Samardzija

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.25

-0.075

L Valbuena

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.86

-0.108

C Coghlan

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.22

-0.127

J Ruggiano

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.25

-0.129

W Castillo

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.02

-0.129

Total

32

1

5

1

1

1

7

1.17

-0.385

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 - Anthony Rizzo (.207). I don't think I want to know where the Cubs would be without his .900-plus OPS this season.
  • Hero - Jeff Samardzija (.187). Yet another good outing with nothing to show for it.
  • Sidekick - Pedro Strop (.104). Made the eighth inning more exciting than it needed to be, but got himself out of it.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Hector Rondon (-.493). Oh, the dreaded non-save situation.
  • Goat / Kid (tie) #1 - Welington Castillo (-.129). Hmm... this looks a bit familiar.
  • Goat / Kid (tie) #2 - Justin Ruggiano (-.129). Hey, this looks really familiar!

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 74 (Changes in Bold):

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

10.5

6.5

6.5

51

Anthony Rizzo

10

5

8

48

Luis Valbuena

8

7

2

40

Jeff Samardzija

6

2

2

24

Jason Hammel

5

3

3

24

Welington Castillo

5

3

2

23

Nate Schierholtz

3

5

3

22

Travis Wood

4

4

1

21

Emilio Bonifacio

1

7

1

18

Mike Olt

3

2

4

17

Darwin Barney

3.5

2.5

1

16.5

Junior Lake

3

2

3

16

Justin Ruggiano

0.5

5.5

2

14.5

Brian Schlitter

1

3.5

4

14

Edwin Jackson

4

0

0

12

Jake Arrieta

2

3

0

12

Ryan Kalish

3

0

1

10

Chris Coghlan

1

2

0

7

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

Carlos Villanueva

0

1

3

5

Pedro Strop

0

1

3

5

Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

3.5

4.5

Zac Rosscup

0

2

0

4

Blake Parker

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Nate Schierholtz

5

8

5

36

Starlin Castro

4

4.5

11

32

Mike Olt

5

3

4

25

Luis Valbuena

4

3.5

4.5

23.5

Emilio Bonifacio

1

8

4

23

Edwin Jackson

5

3

1

22

Junior Lake

3

5

3

22

Justin Grimm

6

0.5

1.5

20.5

Welington Castillo

2

5.5

3.5

20.5

Jason Hammel

6

1

0

20

Travis Wood

4

3

2

20

Anthony Rizzo

0

6

6

18

Justin Ruggiano

1

5

2

15

Carlos Villanueva

4

0

1

13

James Russell

2

2

3

13

Jeff Samardzija

3

1

1

12

Hector Rondon

3

1

1

12

Ryan Sweeney

1

3

1.5

10.5

Brian Schlitter

2

2

0

10

John Baker

2

0

4

10

Jose Veras

2

1

1

9

Ryan Kalish

1

2

2

9

Darwin Barney

0

4

1

9

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

48

18

30

Starlin Castro

51

32

19

Luis Valbuena

40

23.5

16.5

Jeff Samardzija

24

12

12

Darwin Barney

16.5

9

7.5

Jason Hammel

24

20

4

Brian Schlitter

14

10

4

Jake Arrieta

12

8

4

Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

Welington Castillo

23

20.5

2.5

Neil Ramirez

4.5

3

1.5

Travis Wood

21

20

1

Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

Chris Coghlan

7

7

0

Blake Parker

1

1

0

Justin Ruggiano

14.5

15

-0.5

Pedro Strop

5

6

-1

Wesley Wright

5

8

-3

John Baker

6

10

-4

Emilio Bonifacio

18

23

-5

Hector Rondon

6.5

12

-5.5

Ryan Sweeney

5

10.5

-5.5

Junior Lake

16

22

-6

Eli Whiteside

0

6

-6

James Russell

6

13

-7

Mike Olt

17

25

-8

Carlos Villanueva

5

13

-8

Jose Veras

0

9

-9

Edwin Jackson

12

22

-10

Nate Schierholtz

22

36

-14

Justin Grimm

6

20.5

-14.5

Rizzo becomes the first player to break the 30-point barrier on the plus/minus chart, while Castillo and Ruggiano occupy the Goat podium for the second night in a row.

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