Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 80

Don't feel too bad, Starlin. You found the correct podium this game. - David Banks

And that's how you end a doubleheader with a resounding thud.

Well, things looked okay for four innings.  And then one rainstorm, one homer, a couple of comebackers and one Shakespearean performance later...

Graphs for Game 80 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-80

Stats for Game 80:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Russell

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.23

0.014

N Ramirez

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.19

0.011

P Strop

1

1

0

0

0

2

0.1

0.007

H Rondon

1

1

0

1

2

1

0.06

-0.007

J Samardzija

5

7

2

5

0

6

0.88

-0.432

Total

9

10

2

6

2

10

0.55

-0.406

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

L Valbuena

4

1

2

1

2

0

0

0.85

0.225

S Castro

4

1

2

0

0

0

1

0.59

0.033

M Olt

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.48

0.021

J Lake

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.41

-0.010

N Schierholtz

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.68

-0.019

J Samardzija

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.05

-0.026

W Castillo

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.72

-0.037

R Sweeney

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.55

-0.057

A Rizzo

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.64

-0.065

C Coghlan

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.69

-0.068

D Barney

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.14

-0.090

Total

33

2

6

1

2

1

6

0.71

-0.094

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 - Luis Valbuena (.225). Finally found the Hero podium again on the final game of the homestand.
  • Hero - Starlin Castro (.033). Well, he had to nullify the Goat from earlier in the day.
  • Sidekick - Mike Olt (.021). Wait... huh? A pinch-walk with the Cubs down four in the fifth was good for third place?  Yikes.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jeff Samardzija (-.432). I'm not sure what hurt him more, the rain delay or the bad acting by Nate McLouth.
  • Goat - Darwin Barney (-.090). Eventually he had to make an out that was going to matter. The law of averages says so.
  • Kid - Chris Coghlan (-.068). Last had a hit leading off on June 21, and is 2-for-29 this season in the leadoff spot. Please make it stop.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 80 (Changes in Bold):

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

11.5

7.5

6.5

56

Anthony Rizzo

10

7

8

52

Luis Valbuena

9

7

2

43

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

Mike Olt

3

2

5

18

Emilio Bonifacio

1

7

1

18

Justin Ruggiano

1.5

5.5

2

17.5

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

Jeff Samardzija

4

1

1

15

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

Hector Rondon

3

1

1

12

John Baker

2

1

4

12

Chris Coghlan

2

1

3

11

Darwin Barney

0

5

1

11

Brian Schlitter

2

2

0

10

Wesley Wright

2

1

2

10

Jose Veras

2

1

1

9

Ryan Kalish

1

2

2

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

56

35

21

Luis Valbuena

43

24.5

18.5

Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Jake Arrieta

15

8

7

Brian Schlitter

16

10

6

Darwin Barney

16.5

11

5.5

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

11

-4

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

18

26

-8

Jose Veras

0

9

-9

Edwin Jackson

12

25

-13

Nate Schierholtz

22

39

-17

Justin Grimm

6

23.5

-17.5

Valbuena returns to the Heroes after 11 games away, while Samardzija gets the post-rain Billy Goat.

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