Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 56

How to make the Hero list in an unlikely way. - Brian Kersey

The bullpen comes through once again, throwing four more scoreless innings to seal a second consecutive one-run win.

Rest in peace, Popeye. And thank you for the memories of 1989.

Graphs for Game 56 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-56

Stats for Game 56:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

H Rondon

1

1

0

0

0

2

2.27

0.158

W Wright

0.1

0

0

0

0

1

4.81

0.120

P Strop

1

0

0

0

0

1

1.57

0.118

J Russell

0.2

0

0

0

0

0

1.49

0.074

J Grimm

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

0.8

0.020

C Villanueva

0.2

1

0

0

2

2

2.11

-0.041

E Jackson

5

5

1

1

5

4

1.04

-0.187

Total

9

7

1

1

7

10

1.43

0.263

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

S Castro

4

0

3

0

3

0

0

1.97

0.349

A Rizzo

2

2

1

0

0

2

1

1.88

0.228

J Ruggiano

2

2

1

0

0

3

1

0.94

0.085

C Coghlan

2

0

1

0

0

2

0

1.58

0.073

L Valbuena

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.38

0.014

E Jackson

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.46

-0.011

J Lake

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.6

-0.015

D Barney

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.24

-0.031

E Bonifacio

5

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.77

-0.039

M Olt

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

1.71

-0.104

N Schierholtz

4

0

0

0

1

0

2

1.72

-0.116

J Baker

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.11

-0.196

Total

30

5

8

0

4

8

9

1.35

0.237

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Starlin Castro (.349). Made up for his error in the first with a big night at the plate.
  • Hero - Anthony Rizzo (.228). One of the wonderful quirks of WPA: Rizzo makes the second step on the podium thanks in large part to scoring on the Jeurys Familia wild pitch.
  • Sidekick - Hector Rondon (.158). Capped a great night by the bullpen with his seventh save of the year.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Big Goat - John Baker (-.196). The double play off of the leg of Daisuke Matsuzaka was the critical blow on his 0-for-4 night.
  • Goat - Edwin Jackson (-.187). Ten baserunners in five innings, and still managed to get the win.
  • Kid - Nate Schierholtz (-.116). Three RISP opportunities and walked away with only an RBI groundout.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 56 (Changes in Bold):

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

6.5

4.5

5.5

34

Anthony Rizzo

6

4

6

32

Luis Valbuena

5

4

2

25

Welington Castillo

5

3

2

23

Jason Hammel

4

3

2

20

Jeff Samardzija

5

1

2

19

Nate Schierholtz

3

4

1

18

Mike Olt

3

2

3

16

Emilio Bonifacio

1

6

1

16

Travis Wood

3

2

1

14

Junior Lake

3

1

2

13

Edwin Jackson

4

0

0

12

Justin Ruggiano

0.5

4.5

1

11.5

Brian Schlitter

1

2.5

3

11

Darwin Barney

2.5

1.5

0

10.5

Ryan Kalish

3

0

1

10

Hector Rondon

0

0

6.5

6.5

Justin Grimm

0

1

4

6

James Russell

0

1

4

6

Wesley Wright

0.5

1.5

0.5

5

Zac Rosscup

0

2

0

4

Jake Arrieta

0

2

0

4

Ryan Sweeney

0

1

2

4

John Baker

0

1

2

4

Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

2.5

3.5

Pedro Strop

0

1

1

3

Carlos Villanueva

0

1

0

2

Chris Coghlan

0

1

0

2

Blake Parker

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Nate Schierholtz

4

7

3

29

Starlin Castro

4

3.5

10

29

Mike Olt

4

2

4

20

Emilio Bonifacio

1

7

3

20

Junior Lake

3

4

2

19

Welington Castillo

2

4

3

17

Justin Grimm

5

0

1

16

Edwin Jackson

3

3

1

16

Travis Wood

3

2

2

15

Anthony Rizzo

0

6

3

15

Jason Hammel

4

1

0

14

Carlos Villanueva

4

0

1

13

James Russell

2

2

3

13

Luis Valbuena

0

3.5

4.5

11.5

Jose Veras

2

1

1

9

Jeff Samardzija

2

1

1

9

John Baker

2

0

3

9

Ryan Kalish

1

2

2

9

Wesley Wright

2

0

2

8

Jake Arrieta

2

0

1

7

Justin Ruggiano

1

2

0

7

Hector Rondon

1

1

1

6

Brian Schlitter

1

1

0

5

Darwin Barney

0

2

1

5

Ryan Sweeney

1

0

1.5

4.5

Neil Ramirez

1

0

0

3

Chris Coghlan

1

0

0

3

Pedro Strop

0

1

1

3

Blake Parker

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

32

15

17

Luis Valbuena

25

11.5

13.5

Jeff Samardzija

19

9

10

Welington Castillo

23

17

6

Jason Hammel

20

14

6

Brian Schlitter

11

5

6

Darwin Barney

10.5

5

5.5

Starlin Castro

34

29

5

Justin Ruggiano

11.5

7

4.5

Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

Hector Rondon

6.5

6

0.5

Neil Ramirez

3.5

3

0.5

Pedro Strop

3

3

0

Blake Parker

1

1

0

Ryan Sweeney

4

4.5

-0.5

Travis Wood

14

15

-1

Chris Coghlan

2

3

-1

Wesley Wright

5

8

-3

Jake Arrieta

4

7

-3

Emilio Bonifacio

16

20

-4

Mike Olt

16

20

-4

Edwin Jackson

12

16

-4

John Baker

4

9

-5

Junior Lake

13

19

-6

James Russell

6

13

-7

Jose Veras

0

9

-9

Justin Grimm

6

16

-10

Nate Schierholtz

18

29

-11

Carlos Villanueva

2

13

-11

Castro and Rizzo lead the way in the Heroes, while Schierholtz returns to the plus/minus basement after a brief escape.

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