Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 76

Thanks for five more innings, Edwin! - Brian Kersey

Grumble grumble Edwin Jackson grumble grumble.

The offense pounded out six hits again Wednesday night, only this time it didn't lead to seven runs.

Graphs for Game 76 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-76

Stats for Game 76:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Russell

1.2

0

0

0

1

1

0.57

0.022

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.18

0.014

C Villanueva

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.16

0.007

E Jackson

5.1

6

0

4

4

2

1.18

-0.204

Total

9

7

0

4

5

5

0.91

-0.160

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

S Castro

4

0

2

0

1

0

2

0.94

0.054

R Sweeney

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.79

0.033

J Ruggiano

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.17

0.011

L Valbuena

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.99

0.001

D Barney

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.77

-0.008

M Olt

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.54

-0.016

C Coghlan

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.01

-0.026

E Jackson

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.15

-0.055

A Rizzo

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.92

-0.068

J Lake

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.78

-0.081

N Schierholtz

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.28

-0.090

J Baker

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.26

-0.095

Total

33

1

6

0

1

0

8

0.93

-0.340

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 (.054). Almost by default as the only player with an RBI and more than one hit.
  • Hero - Ryan Sweeney (.033). Had the double that led to the Cubs' only run.
  • Sidekick James Russell (.022). Can you say "weak field"?

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Edwin Jackson (-.204). Why must you torment us so?
  • Goat - John Baker (-.095). How do you kill a rally? With a jam-shot popout to second base.
  • Kid - Nate Schierholtz (-.090). Or you could always try a broken-bat popout to shortstop.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 76 (Changes in Bold):

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

11.5

6.5

6.5

54

Anthony Rizzo

10

6

8

50

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

Jake Arrieta

3

3

0

15

Justin Ruggiano

0.5

5.5

2

14.5

Brian Schlitter

1

3.5

4

14

Edwin Jackson

4

0

0

12

Ryan Kalish

3

0

1

10

James Russell

0

1

6

8

Chris Coghlan

1

2

0

7

Ryan Sweeney

0

2

3

7

Hector Rondon

0

0

6.5

6.5

John Baker

0

2

2

6

Justin Grimm

0

1

4

6

Wesley Wright

0.5

1.5

0.5

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

6

37

Starlin Castro

4

4.5

11

32

Mike Olt

5

3

5

26

Edwin Jackson

6

3

1

25

Luis Valbuena

4

3.5

4.5

23.5

Emilio Bonifacio

1

8

4

23

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

John Baker

2

1

4

12

Ryan Sweeney

1

3

1.5

10.5

Brian Schlitter

2

2

0

10

Chris Coghlan

2

1

2

10

Wesley Wright

2

1

2

10

Jose Veras

2

1

1

9

Ryan Kalish

1

2

2

9

Darwin Barney

0

4

1

9

Jake Arrieta

2

0

2

8

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

50

18

32

Starlin Castro

54

32

22

Luis Valbuena

40

23.5

16.5

Jeff Samardzija

24

12

12

Darwin Barney

16.5

9

7.5

Jake Arrieta

15

8

7

Jason Hammel

24

20

4

Brian Schlitter

14

10

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

Blake Parker

1

1

0

Justin Ruggiano

14.5

15

-0.5

Pedro Strop

5

6

-1

Chris Coghlan

7

10

-3

Ryan Sweeney

7

10.5

-3.5

Emilio Bonifacio

18

23

-5

James Russell

8

13

-5

Wesley Wright

5

10

-5

Hector Rondon

6.5

12

-5.5

Junior Lake

16

22

-6

John Baker

6

12

-6

Eli Whiteside

0

6

-6

Carlos Villanueva

5

13

-8

Mike Olt

17

26

-9

Jose Veras

0

9

-9

Edwin Jackson

12

25

-13

Justin Grimm

6

20.5

-14.5

Nate Schierholtz

22

37

-15

Castro takes his turn to step up to the Hero podium, and Jackson creeps closer to the cellar in the plus/minus race.

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