Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 79

Hold still... there's a mosquito... right... there. - Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Hey, rookie. You were good.

Unfortunately, everyone else... well, not so much.

Graphs for Game 79 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-79

Stats for Game 79:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

D Beeler

6

4

0

0

3

6

1.31

0.162

B Schlitter

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.71

0.053

C Villanueva

1.1

1

0

0

0

1

0.15

0.014

W Wright

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

1.04

-0.019

J Grimm

0.1

2

0

2

1

0

0.88

-0.154

Total

9

7

0

2

4

8

1.06

0.056

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

C Coghlan

3

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.83

0.013

R Sweeney

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.29

0.013

D Beeler

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.02

-0.026

A Rizzo

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.79

-0.034

J Ruggiano

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.83

-0.042

J Baker

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.99

-0.079

M Olt

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.08

-0.080

D Barney

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.19

-0.088

J Lake

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.91

-0.096

S Castro

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.11

-0.137

Total

29

0

3

0

0

2

10

0.94

-0.556

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 - Dallas Beeler (.162). Even if he doesn't pitch again at the major-league level, he can go back knowing that he did quite well for himself on Saturday.
  • Hero - Brian Schlitter (.053). Some days all you need to do is pitch a shutout inning, even when you're down one run.
  • Sidekick - Carlos Villanueva (.014). And his appearance on the podium tells you everything that you need to know about the offense in this game.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Justin Grimm (-.154). The 12th time this season he's left a game in worse shape than it was before he got there. That's... not good.
  • Goat - Starlin Castro (-.137). One of the two 0-for-4 players in the game, and got hosed by the short flyout double play in the fourth.
  • Kid - Junior Lake (-.096). The other 0-for-4, but without the theatrics.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 79 (Changes in Bold):

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

11.5

6.5

6.5

54

Anthony Rizzo

10

7

8

52

Luis Valbuena

8

7

2

40

Jason Hammel

5

3

4

25

Jeff Samardzija

6

2

2

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

Justin Ruggiano

1.5

5.5

2

17.5

Mike Olt

3

2

4

17

Darwin Barney

3.5

2.5

1

16.5

Junior Lake

3

2

3

16

Brian Schlitter

1

4.5

4

16

Jake Arrieta

3

3

0

15

Edwin Jackson

4

0

0

12

Ryan Kalish

3

0

1

10

John Baker

1

2

2

9

Ryan Sweeney

0

3

3

9

James Russell

0

1

6

8

Chris Coghlan

1

2

0

7

Hector Rondon

0

0

6.5

6.5

Justin Grimm

0

1

4

6

Pedro Strop

0

1

4

6

Carlos Villanueva

0

1

4

6

Wesley Wright

0.5

1.5

0.5

5

Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

3.5

4.5

Zac Rosscup

0

2

0

4

Dallas Beeler

1

0

0

3

Blake Parker

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Nate Schierholtz

5

9

6

39

Starlin Castro

4

5.5

12

35

Mike Olt

5

3

5

26

Edwin Jackson

6

3

1

25

Luis Valbuena

4

3.5

5.5

24.5

Justin Grimm

7

0.5

1.5

23.5

Jason Hammel

7

1

0

23

Junior Lake

3

5

4

23

Emilio Bonifacio

1

8

4

23

Welington Castillo

2

5.5

3.5

20.5

Travis Wood

4

3

2

20

Anthony Rizzo

0

7

6

20

Justin Ruggiano

1

5

2

15

Ryan Sweeney

2

3

1.5

13.5

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

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

52

20

32

Starlin Castro

54

35

19

Luis Valbuena

40

24.5

15.5

Jeff Samardzija

24

12

12

Darwin Barney

16.5

9

7.5

Jake Arrieta

15

8

7

Brian Schlitter

16

10

6

Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

Dallas Beeler

3

0

3

Welington Castillo

23

20.5

2.5

Justin Ruggiano

17.5

15

2.5

Jason Hammel

25

23

2

Neil Ramirez

4.5

3

1.5

Travis Wood

21

20

1

Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

Pedro Strop

6

6

0

Blake Parker

1

1

0

John Baker

9

12

-3

Chris Coghlan

7

10

-3

Ryan Sweeney

9

13.5

-4.5

Emilio Bonifacio

18

23

-5

James Russell

8

13

-5

Wesley Wright

5

10

-5

Hector Rondon

6.5

12

-5.5

Eli Whiteside

0

6

-6

Junior Lake

16

23

-7

Carlos Villanueva

6

13

-7

Mike Olt

17

26

-9

Jose Veras

0

9

-9

Edwin Jackson

12

25

-13

Nate Schierholtz

22

39

-17

Justin Grimm

6

23.5

-17.5

Beeler comes up from Iowa and takes the top of the Hero podium for the game, while Grimm continues to duel with Schierholtz for the bottom of the plus/minus chart.

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